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. 

 

  

1
650 133
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Julius Erving Small forward

2
706 126
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Jason Kidd Point guard

3
571 127
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

4
361 145
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Drazen Petrovic Shooting guard

5
301 109
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Richard Jefferson Small forward

6
346 182
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Brook Lopez Center

7
266 126
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Joe Johnson Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

8
281 154
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Deron Williams Point guard

9
215 82
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kenyon Martin Power forward

10
200 112
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Buck Williams Power forward

11
195 83
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Derrick Coleman Small forward, Power forward, Center

12
206 80
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Stephon Marbury Point guard, Shooting guard

13
148 64
Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kenny Anderson Point guard

14
154 67
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rick Barry Small forward

15
155 100
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
jessen-cheng added Kevin Garnett Power forward

16
83 40
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Darryl Dawkins Center

17
106 61
Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

18
146 107
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Paul Pierce Small forward

19
91 50
Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kerry Kittles Shooting guard

20
83 54
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

21
78 45
Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
slaft added Kendall Gill Shooting guard, Small forward

22
75 46
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Sam Cassell Point guard

23
48 12
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Bernard King Small forward

24
56 27
Devin Harris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Devin Harris Point guard, Shooting guard

25
76 32
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Dangphuong23 added Jeremy Lin Point guard

26
45 64
Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Jayson Williams Power forward, Center

27
39 55
Otis Birdsong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Otis Birdsong Point guard, Shooting guard

28
44 15
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

29
23 53
Billy Paultz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
DaltonHsu added Billy Paultz Center

30
50 33
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Justin Kim added Bojan Bogdanović Shooting guard, Small forward

31
55 56
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kris Humphries Power forward

32
24 35
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Ray Williams

33
22 50
Bill Melchionni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

34
18 44
John Williamson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

35
29 22
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Thaddeus Young Small forward, Power forward

36
28 18
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward

37
33 5
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added D'Angelo Russell

38
22 27
Armen Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Armen Gilliam Power forward

39
20 48
Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

40
20 48
Mike Gminski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Mike Gminski Center

41
18 19
Sean Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
mcminnmt added Sean Kilpatrick Guard, Forward

42
9 27
Larry Kenon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
JT Thomas added Larry Kenon

43
28 33
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
little JP Tokoto added Mason Plumlee Power forward, Center

44
16 30
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Orlando Woolridge

45
12 30
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Albert King Shooting guard, Small forward

46
19 26
Nenad Krstić is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Nenad Krstić Center

47
20 8
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
rs31115 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

48
16 35
Jason Collins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Jason Collins Center

49
11 22
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Luis Scola Power forward, Center

50
14 4
Trevor Booker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Trevor Booker Power forward