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The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the top players based only on their time with the Nets

A list of the best Brooklyn Nets of all time. Before the team moved to Brooklyn and the sparkling new Barclays Center in 2012 to become the coolest team in the league, the Nets weren't exactly on people's radars outside of the Garden State. Despite having some great players, the Nets were always in the shadow of the Tri-State area's big team: the New York Knicks. However, the Nets have had a number of superstars on its roster over the years. The team's early years were spent first in Teaneck, New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans and later Long Island as the New York Nets. The Nets, one of the ABA's charter franchises, were led by Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving. One of the greatest small forwards in basketball history, Doc led the the Nets to two ABA titles before being traded to Philadelphia ahead of the team's move to the NBA.

Despite small pockets of success, the Nets were perennial losers. Even when they weren't, bad luck often did them in. But when Jason Kidd was acquired before the 2001-02 season, things changed. Kidd, one of the best point guards in NBA history, led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in his first two seasons and led the best period in team history since the Dr. J years.

When the team moved to Brooklyn, something that was long in the works, the Nets loaded up on stars to try to take over the NBA. With young talent like Brook Lopez, veterans like Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, and Hall of Famers like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the Nets seemed poised to challenge for a championship soon. If they can't, then the bad old days of the pre-Kidd period are likely in the team's future.

This is a list of the best Brooklyn Nets of all time. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think the greatest New York/New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets ever. 

 

  
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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard from California, United States of America
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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward from Roosevelt, New York, United States of America
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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard from Šibenik, Croatia
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Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
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Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan
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Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard/Small forward from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
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Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
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Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Coney Island, New York City, New York, United States of America
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Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard from Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward from Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward from Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America
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Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
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Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard from Dayton, Ohio
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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
jessen-cheng added Power forward from Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Small forward from Oakland, California, United States of America
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D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added
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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward from New York City, New York
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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center from Orlando, Florida
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Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
slaft added Shooting guard and Small forward from Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Micheal Ray Richardson ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
slaft added Micheal Ray Richardson
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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Dangphuong23 added Point guard from Los Angeles, California
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Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland