Top 10 New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets of All-Time

Top 10 New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets of All-Time

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New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets


Honorable Mentions:

20. Billy Paultz

19. Keith Van Horn

18. Benard King

17. Deron Williams

16. Otis Birdsong

15. Brook Lopez

14. Mike Gminski

13. John Williamson

12.  Brian Taylor

11. Bill Melchionni


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 1993: Kenny Anderson #7 of the New Jersey Nets dribbles to the basket during a game played in 1993 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Jon SooHoo/NBAE via Getty Images)

10. Kenny Anderson

Seasons w/ Nets:

5 (1991-1996)

Stats w/ the Nets

15.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 7.8 APG, 1.8 Stocks, 40.9 FG%

New York native Kenny Anderson had his two best seasons with the Nets from 1993-95. He put up 18.8 PPG and 9.6 APG in 1993-94 and 17.6 PPG and 9.4 APG in 1994-95. He was partially responsible for two of the three winning seasons New Jersey had in the ’90s. The Nets went 45-37 in 1993-94 thanks to the marvelous season Anderson had, which built hope for the franchise which was later taken to another level by the man #1 on this list. However, the roller coaster took its course, and in 1994-95, the Nets finished with a 30-52 record. In 1996, Anderson was traded with Gerald Glass to the Charlotte Hornets for Kendall Gill and Khalid Reeves. He compiled 2,363 assists while playing for New Jersey, which puts him third on the Nets’ career leaderboard. Nevertheless, Kenny put hope in New Jersey and it gave the great fans of New Jersey a taste of winning basketball.

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9. Kenyon Martin

Seasons w/ Nets:

4 (2000-2004)

Stats w/ the Nets

15.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2.7 Stocks, 46.7 FG%

Kenyon Martin electrified fans with his athleticism on both ends of the court. With Jason Kidd playing beside him and pushing the tempo, “K-Mart” was able to score easily in transition and around the rim with ease. He averaged 15.1 PPG and 7.6 RPG with the Nets and remained consistent when it mattered most in the playoffs—sometimes even raising his numbers. In both of New Jersey’s trips to the NBA Finals, Martin averaged 17.9 PPG and 7.6 RPG. Kidd may have been the main reason for the Nets coming out of the Eastern Conference in 2001-02 and 2002-03, but without Martin on the floor, New Jersey would have likely been eliminated by the second round. He saw success in Denver as well, but there is no question Kenyon Martin had his best years with New Jersey and fans will always hold a special place for him in their basketball hearts.

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Seasons w/ Nets:

7 (2001-2008)

Stats w/ the Nets

17.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.3 Stocks, 47.5 FG%

The Nets relied heavily on Richard Jefferson for help on both sides of the floor in their back-to-back NBA Finals appearances. Jefferson spent seven seasons with the Nets, averaging 17.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He is second all time in free throws made (2,359), ninth in total rebounds (2,627), sixth in assists (1,486) and third in points scored (8,507). He made the All-Rookie Second Team and played a pivotal role in both NBA Finals runs. He, along with Keyon Martin and Jason Kidd, is amongst one of the great trios in NBA history.

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7. Drazen Petrovic

Seasons w/ Nets:

3 (1990-1993)

Stats w/ the Nets

19.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.3 Stocks, 51.1 FG%

This one is tough to talk about because of the way his career ended, but Petrovic played in 195 games for the Nets and is easily a top 10 player for the franchise all-time. He emerged as a poignant scorer in 1991-92 when he averaged 20.6 points per game, shooting 51 percent from the field and 44 percent from the three-point line. The following season, he averaged 22.3 points, shooting 52 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc. He made the All-NBA Third Team that year, and the Nets finished with a 43-39 record—the first of three winning seasons in the ’90s for the organization. As he was heading into the best years of his career, Drazen Petrovic tragically lost his life in a car accident in 1993 which shocked the NBA and sports world. Many players around the NBA called him one of the toughest opponents to guard in his dominant years with the Nets, which makes his death all the more upsetting. Rest in peace, brother.

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