Lester Conner came to the New Jersey Nets in a six-player trade just before the start of the 1988-89 season, acquired with center Joe Barry Carroll in exchange for swingman Tony Brown, center Tim McCormick and point guards Lorenzo Romar and Frank Johnson.
Conner was a part-time starter for his first two seasons with New Jersey, doing what he did best — defending with some playmaking.
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Conner was 10th in the NBA with 2.2 steals per game in 1988-89 and finished ninth in 1989-90 with 2.1 swipes a night.
In parts of three seasons with the Nets, Conner averaged 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 27.0 minutes per game while shooting .444/.288/.787. New Jersey did not reach the playoffs while Conner was with the club.
Drafted 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1982 NBA Draft, the Oregon State product sat out the 1986-87 season in a contract dispute before being traded to the Rockets the following offseason.
Conner spent a season and a half with the Bucks before short stints with the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers, playing of 12 NBA seasons in all.