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. 

 

  
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1
599 128
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Julius Erving Small forward

2
654 119
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Jason Kidd Point guard

3
530 122
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward

4
338 135
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Drazen Petrovic Shooting guard

5
327 166
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Brook Lopez Center

6
276 100
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Richard Jefferson Small forward

7
248 113
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
259 140
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Deron Williams Point guard

9
200 74
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kenyon Martin Power forward

10
184 104
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Buck Williams Power forward

11
182 75
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
138 56
Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kenny Anderson Point guard

13
190 75
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Stephon Marbury Point guard, Shooting guard

14
140 62
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rick Barry Small forward

The Best Brooklyn Nets Point Guards of All Time

15
144 92
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
73 36
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Darryl Dawkins Center

17
139 99
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Paul Pierce Small forward

18
93 55
Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

19
74 48
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

20
78 47
Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kerry Kittles Shooting guard

21
68 42
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

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22
66 44
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Sam Cassell Point guard

23
50 23
Devin Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Devin Harris Point guard, Shooting guard

24
38 9
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Bernard King Small forward

25
40 57
Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Jayson Williams Power forward, Center

26
68 27
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Dangphuong23 added Jeremy Lin Point guard

27
34 50
Otis Birdsong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Otis Birdsong Point guard, Shooting guard

28
18 48
Billy Paultz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
DaltonHsu added Billy Paultz Center

The Best Brooklyn Nets Centers of All Time

29
20 32
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Ray Williams

30
36 11
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

31
45 29
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Justin Kim added Bojan Bogdanović Shooting guard, Small forward

32
49 54
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Kris Humphries Power forward

33
20 47
Bill Melchionni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

34
25 18
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Thaddeus Young Small forward, Power forward

35
14 42
John Williamson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

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36
18 45
Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

37
24 17
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward

38
18 24
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
17 45
Mike Gminski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Mike Gminski Center

40
17 15
Sean Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
mcminnmt added Sean Kilpatrick Guard, Forward

41
7 25
Larry Kenon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
JT Thomas added Larry Kenon

42
24 30
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
little JP Tokoto added Mason Plumlee Power forward, Center

The Best Brooklyn Nets Small Forwards of All Time

43
12 27
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Orlando Woolridge

44
22 3
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added D'Angelo Russell

45
17 23
Nenad Krstić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Nenad Krstić Center

46
7 29
Albert King is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Albert King Shooting guard, Small forward

47
15 31
Jason Collins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Jason Collins Center

48
8 20
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Tamis1966 added Luis Scola Power forward, Center

49
12 6
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
rs31115 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

50
7 24
Eddie Jordan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Eddie Jordan