Albert King, Buck Williams and Len Elmore of Maryland, and Eric Floyd of Georgetown -- will play for the New Jersey Nets when they help the Washington Bullets open their home season at 8:05 tonight at Capital Centre (WTOP-AM-1500).
The Bullets are 1-2 and the Nets are 2-1.
King had a career-high 28 points when the Nets lost in Philadelphia Saturday. King and Williams are the Nets' starting forwards.
Floyd, who was an all-America last year in leading the Hoyas to the NCAA title game, where they lost to North Carolina, twice led the Nets in scoring in exhibition games, but has not played in the first two regular-season games. He is struggling for playing time behind Phil Ford and Otis Birdsong. Darwin Cook and Foots Walkers are also in the guard picture.
Floyd twisted his ankle in leading New Jersey over Atlanta with 16 points in a preseason doubleheader Oct. 22 at Capital Centre. He did not play the following night against the Bullets in Norfolk, but the ankle is well now.
King missed part of the preseason with a lower-back injury and, although still not 100 percent, he had the best peformance of his pro career in a shootout with Julius Erving, who had 36 points.
Elmore is the backup at center for the newly acquired Darryl Dawkins and at power forward for Williams.
The Bullets and Nets have often played close games. Last season, New Jersey won four of six regular-season games with Washington by six points or less. Washington defeated the Nets, 96-93 and 102-92, to sweep the first round of the playoffs.
After a three-point loss to Indiana in their opener, the Bullets came away with a 143-125 victory in Chicago the following night. It was their highest point total in five seasons.
Frank Johnson had a career-high 36 points and rookie Bryan Warrick, who might start tonight at the other guard, had 14 assists. After last night's game, Johnson is averaging 21.3 points, Jeff Ruland 19.3 and Spencer Haywood 20.
Last night's game in Atlanta was the Bullets' third straight away game and they will be back on the road Friday to play the Boston Celtics in a televised game at 7:35 (WDCA-TV-20).
The Bullets will return home Saturday night to get another crack at Indiana, at 8:05.