5. Jayson Williams, 1993-99
Jayson Williams, a 6-9 forward from St. John’s, was the longest tenured Net during the 90s, and appeared in 373 games over the seven seasons he spent in New Jersey. He cemented himself as a regular in their lineup by vehemently attacking the glass, and that work on the boards earned him an All-Star appearance in 1998. During his last four years with the team was when Williams really flourished, averaging 12 rebounds and 10.9 points. In the 1997-98 season, Williams led the league in offensive rebounds with 443. He ended up finishing second that season in total rebounds per game with 13.6.
An effective offensive game was never a huge part of Williams’ arsenal, partly because New Jersey always had other guys to carry the scoring load: Derrick Coleman, Kenny Anderson, Drazen Petrovic, Sam Cassell. Despite that, Williams was able to average 13.4 and 12.9 points per game in back-to-back years towards the end of his career.
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