NBA 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
789 163
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward
2
853 156
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
3
696 155
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
4
444 185
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard
5
408 222
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Center
6
366 128
Richard Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward
7
247 131
Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward
8
328 183
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
9
311 145
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward
10
268 94
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Power forward
11
240 96
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward, Power forward, Center
12
194 81
Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
13
194 79
Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward
14
245 92
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
15
199 132
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
jessen-cheng added Power forward
16
136 71
Keith Van Horn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
17
104 54
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center
18
178 137
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
RichardBeecher added Small forward
19
102 61
Micheal Ray Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
20
119 57
Kerry Kittles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Shooting guard
21
95 51
Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
slaft added Shooting guard, Small forward
22
94 56
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Point guard
23
76 36
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
117 14
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added
25
81 18
Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Brooklyn Nets of All Time
Small forward