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
688 144
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

2
757 130
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

3
605 135
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

4
384 154
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard

5
360 193
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center

6
320 112
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

7
278 133
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

8
209 117
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

9
294 161
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

10
227 86
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

11
205 86
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Center

12
158 68
Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

13
163 69
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

14
219 84
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

15
168 111
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
jessen-cheng added Power forward

16
92 42
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

17
159 114
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Small forward

18
114 62
Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

19
88 56
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

20
97 52
Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard

21
81 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
79 48
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

23
60 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
49 68
Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward, Center

25
42 57
Otis Birdsong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

26
54 13
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

27
25 55
Billy Paultz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
DaltonHsu added Center

28
25 37
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added

29
24 52
Bill Melchionni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

30
83 38
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Dangphuong23 added Point guard

31
19 46
John Williamson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

32
57 59
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

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

34
56 34
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Justin Kim added Shooting guard, Small forward

35
50 16
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

36
21 50
Mike Gminski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center

37
11 27
Larry Kenon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
JT Thomas added

38
33 25
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Small forward, Power forward

39
22 27
Armen Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Power forward

40
14 30
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Shooting guard, Small forward

41
29 20
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Small forward, Power forward

42
18 31
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added

43
19 21
Sean Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
mcminnmt added Guard, Forward

44
30 36
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
little JP Tokoto added Power forward, Center

45
20 27
Nenad Krstić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

46
41 6
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added

47
17 37
Jason Collins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center

48
6 26
Brian Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added

49
12 23
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Power forward, Center

50
9 26
Eddie Jordan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added