Buck Williams entered the second decade in the NBA for the franchise now known as the Brooklyn Nets as their established star, a former Rookie of the Year with three All-Star selections under his belt.
While his play slowed a bit, he remained a constant for his work on the boards even as the franchise fell into disarray around him.
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Williams had played five seasons with the Nets when this period began and he is the only player from the 1976-86 list to cross over to this one.
He earned his first career All-Defensive selection in 1987-88, a mean feat for a team that won just 19 games and surrendered the most points in the Eastern Conference.
Williams was third in the league in rebounding in 1986-87 and fifth in 1987-88, while also finishing sixth in field goal percentage in 1986-87 and seventh the following season.
In June 1989, Williams was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for center Sam Bowie and a 1989 first-round pick, ending his eight-year run in New Jersey.
Over his final three seasons, the ones in this 1986-96 period, Williams averaged 16.4 points and 11.3 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game while shooting .551/1-for-5/.694.
He went on to play seven seasons with the Trail Blazers, appearing in two NBA Finals, and played his final two campaigns with the New York Knicks before retiring shortly after the lockout ended in January 1999.