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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. 

 

  
list ordered by
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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward
2
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
3
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
4
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard
5
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center
6
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward
7
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward
8
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard/Small forward
9
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward
10
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
11
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Center
12
Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
13
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward
14
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
15
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
jessen-cheng added Power forward
16
Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
17
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Small forward
18
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center
19
Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard
20
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
21
Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
slaft added Shooting guard, Small forward
22
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
23
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
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Guard
25
Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward, Center