Country of origin: Croatia
Team(s): Blazers, Nets
Career years: 1989-1993
Career stats: 290 G, 15.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.9 SPG
Accolades: Basketball Hall of Fame, 1x All-NBA Third Team
The story of Drazen Petrovic is one of the NBA's great "what ifs" of recent memory. After a stellar career in Europe, Petrovic joined the NBA with Portland in 1989-90 at age 25 and initially struggled to adapt to the NBA game as he was forced to sit behind Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter. However, he showed his immense talent once shipped to New Jersey in a three-way trade, averaging 20.6 points per game in 1990-91 (his first full season with the Nets) and then making the All-NBA Third Team by averaging 22.3 points per game the following season. Tragically, while back in Europe that offseason following the Nets' playoff elimination, Petrovic was killed in a car accident.