5: PF Aaron Williams: NJN 2000-2004, TOR 2004-2005
Williams carved out a very long career as a backup power forward in the NBA, though he is remembered best for 4.5 years with the Nets, as he and Kenyon Martin formed a bruising frontcourt duo as Jason Kidd and New Jersey made the NBA Finals in back-to-back seasons. Williams averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in those seasons.
Williams’ time in New Jersey was cut short by their desire to form a proto Big Three with another star alongside Kidd and Richard Jefferson. That ended with Williams being shipped up to Toronto, though he did little to get on Sam Mitchell’s good side and found it hard to see time on the floor.
Aaron Williams was a much better Net than a Raptor.
After being trading to Toronto for a certain guard from North Carolina that may or may not be on this list, Williams averaged just 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in Toronto, lasting just under a full season as an end-of-the-bench piece before being shipped to New Orleans.
Williams’ workload between the two teams is carried almost entirely by his Nets career, and he didn’t have much success in Toronto, but his contributions to a New Jersey team that made consecutive Finals appearances despite some healthy competition in the East helped him beat out some other contenders for spot No. 5.