All-Time Nets All-Star Team, Small Forwards: Orlando Woolridge 1986-1987

All-Time Nets All-Star Team, Small Forwards: Orlando Woolridge 1986-1987
Orlando Woolridge
Orlando Woolridge, a top scorer with a top-flight name. (CBS)

1986-1987 Stats: 75 GP, 35.2 MPG, 20.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 52.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%, 77.7 FT%
1986-1987 Advanced: 59.0 TS%, 52.2 eFG%, 17.6 PER, 114 ORtg, 112 DRtg, 6.8 WS
All-Star Team? No
Team: 24-58

You’re probably not going to vote for Orlando Woolridge. Not with Julius Erving there, not with Rick Barry and Richard Jefferson. Woolridge had all of one full season in New Jersey, and though he played well himself, he led the Nets to a dismal 24-58 record. His best years came outside of New Jersey. He was a rental, kind of like the Prudential Center.

So let’s instead use this time to remember Woolridge, who passed away playing a pickup game at the age of 52 in 2012.

Also, let’s give due credit to a man who was named “Orlando Woolridge.” A top-5 NBA name, perhaps ever. Orlando in an of itself is a sublime name for a human (if not a city), but Woolridge helps it roll off the tongue. Just say it out loud. Orlando Woolridge. That just sounds like the type of basketball player you’d respect.

Now go vote for someone else.

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