It was a homecoming for forward Roy Hinson when he was obtained by the New Jersey Nets in January 1988 along with center Tim McCormick and a 1989 second-round pick, with center Mike Gminski and forward Ben Coleman going to the Philadelphia 76ers in return.
Hinson was a New Jersey native, a graduate of Franklin Township High School in Somerset before starring at Rutgers.
He had been one of the NBA’s top shot-blockers, but a degenerative left knee robbed Hinson of his lift and, eventually, ended his career.
Hinson was a full-time starter for the remainder of the 1987-88 season before becoming part-time starter in 1988-89. He was limited by knee problems to just 25 games in 1989-90 and played in only nine contests in 1990-91 before sitting out the entire 1991-92 campaign.
His contract actually remained in the NBA longer than he did. Hinson never played again, but was traded with guard Mookie Blaylock to the Atlanta Hawks in November 1992 for guard Rumeal Robinson. He dealt again in June 1994 to the Milwaukee Bucks before his contract expired.
In parts of four seasons with New Jersey, Hinson was effective when he could play, averaging 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 31.5 minutes per game on .493/0-for-3/.785 shooting. The Nets were never a playoff team while Hinson was with them.
In the 1987-88 season split between the 76ers and Nets, Hinson was 10th in the NBA at 1.8 blocks per game, averaging 1.5 in 48 games after coming to New Jersey.
Hinson had been the 20th overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1983 NBA Draft before being traded to Philadelphia in June 1986 in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick in that year’s draft, a selection Cleveland used to take Brad Daugherty.