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The Best Brooklyn Nets To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best Brooklyn Nets players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Brooklyn Nets players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Buck Williams and Julius Erving had their numbers honored. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Brooklyn Nets players? This list is only for Brooklyn Nets players with retired jerseys. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Brooklyn Nets players that have had their jersey retired for all time.

All of the players to have their numbers retired by the Nets have played while they were either the New York Nets based out of Long Island or as the New Jersey Nets.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their jerseys honored. The Brooklyn Nets players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Brooklyn Nets players with retired numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Brooklyn Nets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 32 

Years with franchise: 1973–1976

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association, and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association after the 1975–76 season. Erving won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He is the fifth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points. He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in Slam Dunk ...more on Wikipedia

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Brooklyn Nets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 5

Years with franchise: 2001–2008

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jason Frederick Kidd is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Previously a point guard in the NBA, he was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner during his pro career, as part of Team USA in 2000 and 2008. Raised in Oakland, California, Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. He was ...more on Wikipedia

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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Brooklyn Nets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 3

Years with franchise: 1991–1993

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the National Basketball Association in the U.S.A. in 1989. A star on multiple stages, Petrović earned two silver medals and one bronze in Olympic basketball, a gold and a bronze in the FIBA World Championship, and a gold and a bronze in the FIBA European Championship. He represented Yugoslavia and, later, Croatia. He earned four Euroscar Awards, and was named Mr. Europa twice. In 1985, he received the Golden Badge award for best athlete of Yugoslavia. Seeking a bigger arena after his career start in Europe, ...more on Wikipedia

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Buck Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Brooklyn Nets To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 52

Years With Franchise: 1981–1989

Charles Linwood "Buck" Williams is a retired American professional basketball player and former assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was well known for his rebounding ability and trademark goggles. Williams, a 6 ft 8 in forward born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, ranks 15th all-time in NBA career rebounds. His 17-year NBA career was highlighted by three All-Star Game appearances, a Rookie of the Year award, an All-Rookie team selection, an All-NBA second team selection and four selections to the first and second NBA All-Defensive teams. As of 2013, he is still the Nets' all-time leader in points, total rebounds, games played, turnovers, rebounds per game, and free throws made. ...more on Wikipedia

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