Top 5 Point Guards in New Jersey Nets “Brooklyn“ Franchise’s History
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5. Devin Harris
Devin Harris inherited some large shoes at point guard for the New Jersey Nets when he was acquired from the Dallas Mavericks along withTrenton Hassell, Maurice Ager, DeSagana Diop, Keith Van Horn and first-round picks in 2008 and 2010. That’s because it was Jason Kidd, along with Antoine Wright and Malik Allen, who went the other way in the deal. Harris was an All-Star in his own right in 2009, but had trouble staying completely healthy during his stay with the Nets, which ended in February 2011 when he was traded with Derrick Favors, first-round picks in 2011 and 2013 and cash to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Deron Williams. In parts of four seasons in New Jersey, Harris averaged 17.7 points, 6.9 assists, three rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.3 minutes per game, shooting 43 percent from the floor. He is eighth in franchise history with 1,473 assists and sixth with an average of 6.9 assists per game. Not too shabby
4. Kenny Anderson
Kenny Anderson played two seasons at Georgia Tech and was an All-American in each of them, averaging almost 26 points, six rebounds and six assists as a sophomore before turning pro. The New Jersey Nets selected Anderson with the second overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. He became a starter in his second season and was an All-Star for the Nets in 1994. Anderson was second in the NBA in assists in 1994-95 and fourth in 1993-94. In January 1996, he was traded with Gerald Glass to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Kendall Gill and Khalid Reeves. In parts of five seasons in New Jersey, Anderson averaged 15.3 points, 7.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.8 minutes per game, shooting .409/.325/.810. He is third in franchise history with 2,363 assists and an average of 7.8 assists per game. He was never great per say, but he was always reliable and fun to watch. Good enough for number four here.
3. Deron Williams
Once considered one of the best players at his position, Deron Williams had a rather disappointing stint with the New Jersey Nets considering how good he was in Utah. And when I say good in Utah, I mean elite and top tier. During his 5 seasons in Brooklyn/New Jersey, D-Will averaged 16.6 points, 7.5 assists and 3.2 boards per contest. He was still a capable guard with the ability to drop 30 on any given night, it’s just the inconsistency that had disabled him from elite status. Nevertheless, he is an ultra talented NBA player and still deserves this number three ranking. Though I will admit D-Will and the next guy on this list is pretty interchangeable in terms of their ranking on this countdown. Either or could have taken the number two spot.