Basketball 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. 

 

  
list ordered by

1
711 149
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

2
779 136
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

3
629 138
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

4
400 163
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard

5
376 199
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center

6
330 116
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

7
223 119
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

8
303 168
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

9
287 137
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

10
239 88
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

11
213 88
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Center

12
167 70
Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

13
172 70
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

14
226 85
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

15
174 116
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
jessen-cheng added Power forward

16
96 43
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

17
120 62
Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

18
164 119
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Small forward

19
95 56
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

20
102 52
Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard

21
85 46
Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
slaft added Shooting guard, Small forward

22
84 48
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

23
65 29
Devin Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Point guard, Shooting guard

24
52 70
Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward, Center

25
62 13
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward