No. 8: Drazen Petrovic
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Petrovic, stuck on the Portland bench, joined the Nets via a three-team trade in January 1991. His rise was rapid: He averaged 19.5 points over 2 1/2 seasons in New Jersey and earned All-NBA Third Team honors in 1993. He died in June 1993 car accident.