Basketball The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time  

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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
667 137
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

2
725 127
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

3
585 129
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

4
369 147
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard

5
308 109
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

6
351 184
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center

7
271 128
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

8
287 157
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

9
220 84
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

10
204 112
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

11
198 84
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Center

12
209 81
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

13
150 66
Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

14
155 67
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

15
159 102
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
jessen-cheng added Power forward

16
86 41
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

17
109 61
Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

18
152 108
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Small forward

19
93 51
Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard

20
85 55
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

21
78 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
76 48
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard

23
51 13
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward

24
58 27
Devin Harris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Point guard, Shooting guard

25
78 33
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Dangphuong23 added Point guard

26
46 67
Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward, Center

27
40 56
Otis Birdsong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

28
44 16
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

29
23 54
Billy Paultz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
DaltonHsu added Center

30
52 34
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Justin Kim added Shooting guard, Small forward

31
55 57
Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward

32
24 36
Ray Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added

33
23 51
Bill Melchionni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

34
18 45
John Williamson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

35
30 23
Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Small forward, Power forward

36
29 19
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
T Mills added Small forward, Power forward

37
36 5
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added

38
21 49
Chris Morris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time

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
21 48
Mike Gminski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center

41
10 27
Larry Kenon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
JT Thomas added

42
18 19
Sean Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
mcminnmt added Guard, Forward

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

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

47
22 8
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
rs31115 added Power forward

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

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

50
15 4
Trevor Booker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Power forward