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The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the New York Knicks. The club was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before relocating to Long Island, New York, in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships (in 1974 and 1976). In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, and the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets), all of whom remain in the league to this day.
Brooklyn Nets
2021–22 Brooklyn Nets season
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded1967
HistoryNew Jersey Americans
1967–1968 (ABA)
New York Nets
1968–1976 (ABA)
1976–1977 (NBA)
New Jersey Nets
1977–2012
Brooklyn Nets
2012–present[1][2]
ArenaBarclays Center
LocationBrooklyn, New York
Team colorsBlack, white, dark gray[3][4][5]
   
Main sponsorMotorola[6]
CEOJohn Abbamondi[7]
General managerSean Marks
Head coachSteve Nash
OwnershipJoseph Tsai[8][9]
Affiliation(s)Long Island Nets
Championships2
ABA: 2 (1974, 1976)
NBA: 0
Conference titles2 (2002, 2003)
Division titles5
ABA: 1 (1974)
NBA: 4 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Retired numbers6 (3, 5, 23, 25, 32, 52)
Website
www.nba.com/nets



Association

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Statement




City



Earned



Classic
In 1977, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. Led by star point guard Jason Kidd, the Nets reached the finals of two consecutive NBA seasons (2001–02 and 2002–03), but failed to win either title.[10] In the summer of 2012, the team moved to Barclays Center in Brooklyn,[11] becoming the first major sports franchise in the borough since the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team in 1957.[12] Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets have qualified for the playoffs on six occasions, including trips to the Conference Semifinals in 2014 and 2021.
History
Main article: History of the Brooklyn Nets
Further information: Brooklyn Nets accomplishments and records
The Brooklyn Nets were founded in 1967 and initially played in Teaneck, New Jersey, as the New Jersey Americans. In its early years, the team led a nomadic existence, moving to Long Island in 1968 and playing in various arenas there as the New York Nets.[13]
Led by Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving, the Nets won two ABA championships in New York before becoming one of four ABA teams to be admitted into the NBA as part of the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. Unlike the other three ABA teams entering the NBA, who played in cities without any NBA presence, the Nets were required by the NBA to pay an "encroachment fee" of $4.8 million to the New York Knicks.[14] The team financed that payment by selling Erving's contract to the Philadelphia 76ers;[15] and the Nets went from winning the last ABA title in 1975–76 to having the worst record in the NBA in 1976–77. The team then moved back to New Jersey in 1977 and became the New Jersey Nets. During their time in the state, the Nets played in two consecutive NBA Finals in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons, led on the court by point guard Jason Kidd.
After playing 35 seasons in New Jersey, the team moved back to the state of New York, changed its geographic name to Brooklyn, and began playing in the new Barclays Center, starting with the 2012–13 NBA season.[11][16] The team's move from New Jersey to Brooklyn was approved unanimously by the NBA Board of Governors on April 13, 2012.[17]
Rivalries
Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics were rivals of the Nets during the early 2000s because of their respective locations and their burgeoning stars. The Nets were led by Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, while the Celtics were experiencing newfound success behind Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker. The rivalry began to heat up in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, which was preceded by trash-talking from the Celtics[18] who claimed Martin was a "fake" tough guy. Things progressed as the series started, and on-court tensions seemed to spill into the stands. Celtic fans berated Kidd and his family with chants of "Wife Beater!"[19] in response to Kidd's 2001 domestic abuse charge. When the series returned to New Jersey, Nets fans responded, with some brandishing signs that read "Will someone please stab Paul Pierce?"[20] referring to a night club incident in 2000 in which Pierce was stabbed 11 times. When asked about the fan barbs being traded, Kenyon Martin stated, "Our fans hate them, their fans hate us." Bill Walton said at the time that Nets-Celtics was the "beginning of the next great NBA rivalry" during the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002. Led by Kidd, the Nets advanced to the NBA Finals, and the following year, swept Boston in the 2003 playoffs.
On November 28, 2012, there were indications that the rivalry might be rekindled when an altercation occurred on the court, resulting in the ejection of Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, and Kris Humphries. Rondo was suspended for two games in the aftermath, while Wallace and Kevin Garnett were fined.[21] The story was revisited on December 25, when Wallace grabbed Garnett's shorts and the two had to be broken up by referees and players alike.
However, the rivalry appeared significantly cooled off by the June 2013 blockbuster trade that dealt Celtics stars Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets in exchange for Wallace, Humphries and others. This move was billed as a merger of the two Atlantic Division teams.[22] Celtics announcer Sean Grande said, "It's almost as if you found a great home for these guys. You couldn't have found a better place. These guys will be in the New York market, they'll be on a competitive team, they'll stay on national TV. It's funny, because the enemy of my enemy is my friend. So with Celtics fans feeling the way they do about the Heat, feeling the way they do about the Knicks, the Nets are going to become almost the second [Boston] team now."[23]
In the 2019 NBA off-season, the Nets signed point guard Kyrie Irving. Coming off two seasons with the Celtics, Irving was described as selfish by many critics. This impression caused many Celtics fans to blame him for the Celtics' inability to get through to the playoffs.
During a regular season game in the 2019–20 season between the Celtics and Nets, the Celtics' fans displayed their displeasure with Irving by chanting "Kyrie sucks" in TD Garden.[24] When the series returned to Brooklyn two days later, the Nets' fans chanted "Kyrie's better" in response to the chants in Boston.[25] The "Kyrie's Better" chants reference to how the Celtics signed Kemba Walker after Irving left for the Nets.
New York Knicks
Main article: Knicks–Nets rivalry
The Knicks–Nets rivalry has historically been a geographical one, with the Knicks playing in Madison Square Garden in the New York City borough of Manhattan, while the Nets played in the suburban area of Long Island and in New Jersey, and since 2012 have been playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Media outlets have noted the Knicks–Nets rivalry's similarity to those of other New York City teams, such as the Major League Baseball (MLB) Subway Series rivalry between the American League (AL)'s New York Yankees and the National League (NL)'s New York Mets, and the National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the National Football Conference (NFC)'s New York Giants and the American Football Conference (AFC)'s New York Jets, the result of the boroughs' proximity through the New York City subway. Historically, the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn competed via the Dodgers–Giants rivalry, when the two teams were the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Like the Knicks and Nets, the Giants and Dodgers played in Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively, and were fierce intraleague rivals.[26] The rivalry between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers of the National Hockey League has also taken on a similar dimension since the Islanders moved to Barclays Center in 2015.[27] Due to the Knicks being located in Manhattan and the Nets being located in Brooklyn, some media outlets have dubbed this rivalry "Clash of the Boroughs".[28][29]
Toronto Raptors
Main article: Nets–Raptors rivalry
A rivalry with the Toronto Raptors began in 2004, after Raptors guard/forward Vince Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets.[30][31] However, the two teams did not meet in the playoffs until 2007, when the Nets defeated the Raptors in the first round series, 4 games to 2, after a go-ahead shot by Richard Jefferson with 8 seconds left in Game 6 led to a 98–97 victory.[32] Seven years later, the teams met again in the first round, and the series went to seven games, with a game-winning block by Paul Pierce, giving the Nets the 104–103 victory.[33] The series was noted for controversy when Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made derogatory remarks towards Brooklyn at a fan rally outside Maple Leaf Square in Toronto before Game 1. Ujiri later apologized at halftime.[34] The Raptors and Nets faced each other in the 2020 NBA playoffs in the first round, with Toronto winning the series four games to none.[35]
Season-by-season record
List of the last five seasons completed by the Nets. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Brooklyn Nets seasons.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, W–L% = Winning percentage
SeasonGPWLW–L%FinishPlayoffs
2016–17822062.2445th, AtlanticDid not qualify
2017–18822854.3415th, AtlanticDid not qualify
2018–19824240.5124th, AtlanticLost in First Round, 1–4 (76ers)
2019–20723537.4864th, AtlanticLost in First Round, 0–4 (Raptors)
2020–21724824.6672nd, AtlanticLost in Conference Semifinals, 3–4 (Bucks)
Uniforms
New Jersey Americans
Upon debuting in the ABA in 1967, the New Jersey Americans wore white and red uniforms. The white uniforms contained red, blue and white stripes, with the team name and numerals in red with blue trim. The red uniforms mirror the striping configurations of the white uniforms while the city name and numerals were in blue with white trim.[36]
New York Nets
1968–1972
Moving to Long Island as the New York Nets, they kept the original Americans template except for the location and team name. The white uniforms featured a script "Nets" lettering with a tail accent below, while the red uniforms featured "New York" in block letters (similar to the New York Knicks). Over the years, the letters and stripes would endure a few adjustments.[36]
1972–1977
The Nets changed uniforms upon moving to Nassau Coliseum. The white uniforms featured a thick blue stripe with white stars on the left, along with a red stripe and white outline. The team name is written in red block letters. The blue uniforms, which featured "New York" in white block letters, mirrored that of the white uniforms.[36]
New Jersey Nets
1977–1981; 1983–1990
The Nets carried the "Stars and Stripes" uniform to New Jersey in 1977. The white uniform remained the same but the blue uniform read "Nets" in front. The blue uniform later added "New Jersey" in white block letters inside the red stripe.[36]
1981–1983
Upon moving to the Meadowlands in 1981, the Nets briefly changed their uniform set. The white uniform brought back the "Nets" script from the original New York Nets uniforms, but the color scheme became blue with red trim. The blue uniform featured "New Jersey" stacked together in a similar script style, and the letters were colored in red with white trim.[36]
1990–1997
The Nets underwent a visual rebrand before the 1990–91 season. The white uniform featured a more futuristic "Nets" script in red with white and blue trim, while adding red and blue stripes. Initially, the Nets wore white and light blue gradient road uniforms that had a tie-dye effect, but switched to a solid blue uniform after only one season. Both blue uniforms featured the same "Nets" script in red with blue and white trim along with red and white stripes.[36]
1997–2012
The Nets updated their visual identity prior to the 1997–98 season, going with a deeper red and navy scheme with silver accents. The white uniform, which remained virtually unchanged throughout its history, featured the team name in navy with silver and red trim. The navy uniform featured the city name in silver with navy and red trim. The dark grey alternate uniform, used until 2006, initially went with the city name in navy with white and red trim, but reversed the color scheme to white with red and navy trim after only two seasons. This uniform was the only one to feature the "NJ" alternate logo on the neckline. The red alternate uniform, which replaced the grey alternate and became the primary dark uniform in 2009, featured the team name in white with navy and silver trim. All uniforms featured thick navy stripes with silver-outlined diamonds.[36]
Brooklyn Nets
2012–2017
Upon moving to Brooklyn in 2012, the Nets went with a simple black and white uniform design, with "Brooklyn" in front of both the white and black uniforms. They also wore three different alternate uniforms. A grey-sleeved alternate with "Brooklyn" in Dodger blue, was first used in 2013 as a visual recall to the Brooklyn Dodgers. A white-sleeved alternate with the team name in black, featured the same "Stars and Stripes" look from the 1970s. A dark grey sleeveless alternate, meant to recall the 1980s New Jersey Nets uniforms, featured the team name in white and the city name in white written inside a black stripe.[36]
2017–present
With the switch from Adidas to Nike, the Nets kept most aspects of their visual identity intact. The white uniform became the "Association" uniform while the black uniform became the "Icon" uniform. The Nets have had two different versions of the "Statement" uniform. The first set, with "BKLYN" in white, was in dark grey and featured the same stars and stripes look from the 1970s. The uniform was updated in 2019 to a lighter grey base and black/dark grey stripes, with "BKLYN" written in graffiti style designed by Eric Haze.[36]
The Nets also employed a fourth uniform option: the "City" uniform. The 2017–18 black "City" uniform featured the full team name spelled in white along with grey accents inspired from the Brooklyn Bridge. The following season, it was replaced with a black uniform featuring stylized Brooklyn camo patterns as a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.. For 2019–20, the Nets wore white versions of the "Biggie" uniforms, but with Haze-designed "BED-STUY" graffiti lettering in front (a reference to Bedford–Stuyvesant where The Notorious B.I.G. grew up). The 2020–21 "City" uniform, which honors Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, is predominantly black and features "BKLYN NETS" written in Basquiat's style along with multi-colored striping.[36]
A fifth uniform option, the "Earned" uniform, is released occasionally and is exclusive only to the teams who qualified in the NBA playoffs the previous year. The Nets, by virtue of qualifying in the 2020 NBA playoffs, were given an "Earned" uniform. The design featured the herringbone parquet style of the Barclays Center court in shades of black and grey, with Helvetica lettering inspired from the signs found at the New York City Subway.[36]
Culture
Mascot
Cover to BrooklyKnight #1, distributed at the Brooklyn Nets home opener. Art by Mike Deodato.
The mascot of the New Jersey Nets was Sly the Silver Fox, who debuted on October 31, 1997 as part of the rebranding of the Nets for the 1997–98 season.[37] Prior to that, the Nets' mascot was an anthropomorphic dragon named Duncan the Dragon.[38]
After the Nets' move to Brooklyn, the team introduced a new superhero mascot named BrooklyKnight (a pun on the demonym "Brooklynite") on November 3, 2012. In his first appearance, he was lowered from the ceiling of Barclays Center amid sparks and fanfare and introduced by Nets public address announcer David Diamante: "Here to defend Brooklyn, he's the BrooklyKnight." The mascot was co-created by Marvel Entertainment, a sister company to NBA broadcasters ABC and ESPN. The character also starred in 32-page comic book published by Marvel titled BrooklyKnight #1, written by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Deodato.[39][40] After the Nets' second season in Brooklyn, the BrooklyKnight mascot was retired.[41]
Team anthem
On November 3, 2012, the Nets introduced a new team anthem titled "Brooklyn: Something To Lean On", written and recorded by Brooklyn-born musician John Forté.[42] The song is notable for its refrain, which features the "Brooklyn" chant that has been popular with fans in the Barclays Center.[43]
Brooklyn Brigade
The Brooklyn Brigade[44] is a group of fans who are known for their loud chants and passionate attitude towards the Nets. The group was founded in November 2012 by Nets fan—and Brooklyn native—Udong "Bobby" Edemeka.[45] That year the Nets were beginning their first season since making the transition to the Barclays Center from the Prudential Center (where they had played from 2010 to 2012). Edemeka attended a few early season games of the new Brooklyn team. At the time, the Nets were seen as an expansion team by the league and fans alike. Edemeka noticed that the team lacked a solid fan base in their new home, and decided to purchase tickets for a small group of roughly 20 fans who he noticed were regular followers of the team on the SB Nation online blog, NetsDaily.[46]
The Brigade—at this time—was not relegated to Section 114.[47] Instead, Edemeka would purchase tickets in whichever section he could, which often included nosebleed seats. The Brigade initially did not get much recognition from the Nets. Edemeka met with the CEO Irina Pavlova (of the ONEXIM Group), who was fond of the group's antics.[48] Although Pavlova was a supporter of the group, other members of the organization were resistant to showing support for the Brigade. During the 2014-2015 NBA season, however, the Brooklyn Nets organization began assigning seats to the Brigade in Section 114 of the Barclays Center. This section is adjacent to the press booth and gave the Brooklyn Brigade exposure on a regional level and then eventually on a national level.
During the Eastern Conference semi-finals in 2014, while the Nets battled the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO, Brett Yomark, noticed the effect that the Brigade had on the arena, and he started to visit Section 114 distributing Nets' apparel. In 2016, the Nets hired Sean Marks as their general manager, who became an immediate supporter of the group.[49] During the 2018-2019 season, the Nets reserved section 114 for passionate fans, and called it "The BK Block."[50] Although the Brigade is an independent fan group of the Nets, The Block[51] comprises mostly Brigade members.[52]
Management
On September 18, 2019, Joseph Tsai, the executive vice chairman of the Alibaba Group, completed the acquisition of full ownership of the Brooklyn Nets. With the closing of the transaction, Tsai became NBA Governor of the Nets and its affiliates.[53] Additionally, former Turner Broadcasting president David Levy was named CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center.[54][55] On November 12, the Nets and Barclays Center announced that David Levy would step down from the CEO position he had assumed less than two months before. Oliver Weisberg, president of Tsai's holding company J Tsai Sports, assumed an interim CEO role.[56][57]
Ownership history
The original owner of the Nets franchise was trucking magnate Arthur J. Brown, who founded the team in 1967. The next year, Brown sold the team for $1.1 million to entrepreneur Roy Boe.[58] Due to financial losses suffered while the team was on Long Island, Boe moved the team back to New Jersey in 1977 and sold the team a year later to a group of seven local businessmen led by Alan N. Cohen and Joseph Taub, who became known as the "Secaucus Seven".[59]
After a lengthy ownership of the franchise and numerous unsuccessful attempts to improve the financial situation of the team, the "Secaucus Seven" finally sold the team in 1998 to a group of local real estate developers led by Raymond Chambers and Lewis Katz,[60] who called themselves the "Community Youth Organization" and wanted to move the team to Newark, New Jersey. The next year the group signed an agreement with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to form YankeeNets, a holding company that owned the two teams, and later also the New Jersey Devils, and increase leverage in future broadcast contracts by negotiating together. After receiving offers from several broadcast partners, including Cablevision, which held their rights at that time, YankeeNets decided to launch its own regional sports television called the YES Network.
YankeeNets failed in its attempts to secure a deal with Newark to construct a new arena in the city. By that point in time, tensions between the management of the Yankees, Nets, and the Devils had cause a rift between them, and a decision was made to split the group.[61] With their plan to move the Nets dead, the Community Youth Organization placed the team up for sale. After a short bidding process, the group secured a deal in 2004 with real estate developer Bruce Ratner to buy the team for $300 million, defeating a similar offer by Charles Kushner and Senator Jon Corzine of New Jersey. Ratner had purchased the team with the intent of moving it to a new arena in Brooklyn, which was to be a centerpiece of the large-scale Atlantic Yards development.[62]
Rapper Jay-Z owned a small minority stake in the Nets from 2003 until 2013. Jay-Z was a leader in the marketing for the team and helped encourage their move from New Jersey to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in which he also held a stake. He relinquished his stake after registering as a sports agent with his new agency Roc Nation Sports, to avert any potential conflicts of interest.[63][64] His shares were eventually sold to singer, rapper, actor and entrepreneur Will Pan, making Pan the first American of Taiwanese descent to own a U.S. professional sports franchise.[65]
On September 24, 2009, Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's third-richest man according to Forbes, confirmed his intention to become majority owner of the Nets. Prokhorov sent an offer to the team owners requesting that the controlling shares of the basketball club be sold to his company, Onexim, for a symbolic price. In return, Prokhorov funded a loan of $700 million for the construction of Barclays Center, and attracted additional funds from Western banks. Prokhorov stated that he initiated the deal to help push Russian basketball to a new level of development.[66] On May 11, 2010, following approval from the other owners of NBA teams, Prokhorov had become the principal owner of the Nets.[67]
In late 2017, Prokhorov agreed to sell a 49% stake in the team to Joseph Tsai, with an option for Tsai to become the majority owner.[68] The option was exercised in August 2019, with Tsai also buying the Nets' arena, the Barclays Center, from Prokhorov for nearly $1 billion in a separate deal. The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale to Tsai on September 18, 2019.[69]
Facilities
Home arenas
Source:[70]
ArenaLocationDuration
Teaneck ArmoryTeaneck, New Jersey1967–1968
Long Island ArenaCommack, New York1968–1969
Island GardenWest Hempstead, New York1969–1972
Nassau Veterans Memorial ColiseumUniondale, New York1972–1977
Rutgers Athletic CenterPiscataway, New Jersey1977–1981
Brendan Byrne Arena (1981–1996),
renamed Continental Airlines Arena (1996–2007),
renamed Izod Center (2007–2010)
East Rutherford, New Jersey1981–2010
Prudential CenterNewark, New Jersey2010–2012
Barclays CenterBrooklyn, New York2012–present
Practice facilities
The Nets' practice facility and headquarters for the team's basketball operations are located at the Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center in the Industry City complex in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The facility opened on February 17, 2016, and is built on the roof of an empty warehouse in the complex, occupying 70,000 square feet of space in total. The renovation project cost roughly $50 million.[71] The opening of the training center completed the Nets' move to Brooklyn.
The team's previous practice facility was at the 65,000-square-foot PNY Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which opened in 1998.[72] Prior to that, the team practiced at the APA Recreation Center in North Bergen, New Jersey, sharing their lockers and practice courts with truck drivers who used the facility.[72]
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in November 2012, PNY Center suffered a power outage and extensive water damage due to flooding, and for several months, the team used the smaller training spaces and practice courts inside the Barclays Center instead.[73]
Players and coaches
Main articles: Brooklyn Nets all-time roster and List of Brooklyn Nets head coaches
Current roster
Roster listing
Brooklyn Nets rostervte
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G/F1Brown, Bruce (FA)6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)202 lb (92 kg)1996-08-15Miami (FL)
G4Chiozza, Chris (TW, FA)5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)175 lb (79 kg)1995-11-25Florida
F/C33Claxton, Nicolas6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)215 lb (98 kg)1999-04-17Georgia
G26Dinwiddie, Spencer 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)215 lb (98 kg)1993-04-06Colorado
F7Durant, Kevin6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)240 lb (109 kg)1988-09-29Texas
F8Green, Jeff (FA)6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)235 lb (107 kg)1986-08-28Georgetown
F2Griffin, Blake (FA)6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)250 lb (113 kg)1989-03-16Oklahoma
G13Harden, James6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)220 lb (100 kg)1989-08-26Arizona State
G/F12Harris, Joe6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)220 lb (100 kg)1991-09-07Virginia
G11Irving, Kyrie6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)195 lb (88 kg)1992-03-23Duke
G55James, Mike (FA)6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)175 lb (79 kg)1990-08-18Lamar
F24Johnson, Alize6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)212 lb (96 kg)1996-04-22Missouri State
G10Johnson, Tyler (FA)6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)186 lb (84 kg)1992-05-07Fresno State
C6Jordan, DeAndre6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)265 lb (120 kg)1988-07-21Texas A&M
G/F9Luwawu-Cabarrot, Timothé (FA)6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)1995-05-09France
F/C0Perry, Reggie (TW, FA)6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)250 lb (113 kg)2000-03-21Mississippi State
G20Shamet, Landry6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)1997-03-13Wichita State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured
Roster
Last transaction: July 9, 2021
Retained draft rights
The Nets hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA team. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[74] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.
DraftRoundPickPlayerPos.NationalityCurrent teamNote(s)Ref
2016244Isaïa CordinierG
 France
Nanterre 92 (France)Acquired from the Atlanta Hawks[75]
2015239Juan Pablo VauletF ArgentinaBaxi Manresa (Spain)Acquired from the Charlotte Hornets[76]
2015249Aaron WhiteF United StatesCrvena zvezda mts (Serbia)Acquired from the Washington Wizards[77]
2014254Nemanja DangubićG/F
 Serbia
Partizan NIS (Serbia)Acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers (via San Antonio)[77]
2014259Xavier ThamesG United StatesEgis Körmend (Hungary)Acquired from the Toronto Raptors[78]
Franchise leaders
Bold denotes still active with the team. Italics denotes still active, but not with the team. "Name*" includes combined statistics for the team from both the ABA and NBA.
Points scored (regular season) as of the end of the 2020–21 season[79]
  1. Brook Lopez (10,444)
  2. Buck Williams (10,440)
  3. Vince Carter (8,834)
  4. Richard Jefferson (8,507)
  5. Jason Kidd (7,373)
  6. John Williamson* (7,202)
  7. Julius Erving* (7,104)
  8. Kerry Kittles (7,096)
  9. Derrick Coleman (6,930)
  10. Chris Morris (6,762)
  11. Mike Gminski (6,415)
  12. Billy Paultz* (6,297)
  13. Bill Melchionni* (6,230)
  14. Otis Birdsong (5,968)
  15. Keith Van Horn (5,700)
  16. Albert King (5,595)
  17. Kendall Gill (4,932)
  18. Darwin Cook (4,699)
  19. Kenny Anderson (4,655)
  20. Deron Williams (4,609)
Other statistics (regular season) as of the end of the 2020–21 season[79]
Most minutes played
PlayerMinutes
Buck Williams23,100
Jason Kidd18,733
Brook Lopez18,118
Richard Jefferson17,499
Kerry Kittles16,686
Most rebounds
PlayerRebounds
Buck Williams7,576
Billy Paultz*4,544
Brook Lopez4,004
Derrick Coleman3,690
Mike Gminski3,671
Most assists
PlayerAssists
Jason Kidd4,620
Bill Melchionni*3,044
Kenny Anderson2,363
Deron Williams2,078
Darwin Cook1,970
Most steals
PlayerSteals
Jason Kidd950
Darwin Cook875
Kerry Kittles803
Chris Morris784
Kendall Gill652
Most blocks
PlayerBlocks
Brook Lopez972
George Johnson863
Buck Williams696
Mike Gminski599
Derrick Coleman559
Retired numbers
See also: List of National Basketball Association retired jersey numbers
New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets retired numbers hanging prior to the NBA pre-season game between the Nets and the New York Knicks in October 2018
Brooklyn Nets retired numbers[80]
No.PlayerPositionTenureDate
3Dražen PetrovićG1990–1993November 11, 1993
5Jason KiddG2001–2008October 17, 2013
23John WilliamsonG1973–1980December 7, 1990
25Bill MelchionniG1969–1976September 1976
32Julius ErvingF1973–1976April 3, 1987
52Buck WilliamsF1981–1989April 11, 1999
Basketball Hall of Fame
Players
No.NamePositionTenureInducted
24Rick Barry[81]F1970–19721987
1Nate Archibald[82]G1976–19771991
32Julius Erving[83]F1973–19761993
21Bob McAdoo[84]C19812000
3Dražen Petrović[85]G1990–19932002
34Mel Daniels[86]C19762012
22Bernard King[87]F1977–19792013
301992–1993
33Alonzo Mourning[88]C2003–20042014
55Dikembe Mutombo[89]C2002–20032015
10Maurice Cheeks[90]G1992–19932018
5Jason Kidd[a][91]G2001–20082018
2Kevin Garnett[92]F2013–20152020
34Paul PierceF2013–20142021
Coaches
NamePositionTenureInducted
Lou Carnesecca[93]Head coach1970–19731992
Chuck Daly[b][94]Head coach1992–19941994
Larry Brown[95]Head coach1981–19832002
John Calipari[96]Head coach1996–19992015
Bill Fitch[97]Head coach1989–19922019
Contributors
NamePositionTenureInducted
Rod Thorn[98]Assistant coach1973–1975, 1976–19782018
Executive2000–2010
Notes
  1. ^ Also served as head coach of the team in 2013–2014.
  2. ^ Daly was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice—as coach and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.
FIBA Hall of Fame
Players
No.NamePositionTenureInducted
3Dražen Petrović[99]G1991–19932007
33Alonzo MourningC2003–20042019
Coaches
NamePositionTenureInducted
Chuck Daly[a]Head coach1992–19942021
Notes
^ Daly was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame twice—as coach and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team.
Individual awards
NBA
NBA Rookie of the Year
NBA Executive of the Year
Rod Thorn – 2002
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
Wayne Ellington – 2016
All-NBA First Team
Jason Kidd – 2002, 2004
All-NBA Second Team
All-NBA Third Team
NBA All-Defensive First Team
Jason Kidd – 2002, 2006
NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team
NBA All-Rookie Second Team
ABA
ABA Most Valuable Player
Julius Erving – 1974–1976
ABA Playoffs Most Valuable Player
Julius Erving – 1974, 1976
ABA Rookie of the Year
Brian Taylor – 1973
All-ABA Team First Team
All-ABA Team Second Team
Brian Taylor – 1975
ABA All-Defensive Team
ABA All-Rookie Team
NBA All-Star Weekend
NBA All-Star Game
NBA All-Star Game head coaches
Byron Scott – 2002
NBA D-League/G League affiliation
The Nets signed an agreement with the Springfield Armor to become its exclusive NBA Development League affiliate starting in the 2011–12 season. This made the Nets the second team to opt for a D-League "hybrid affiliation", the first being the Houston Rockets with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Springfield ownership maintained control over business, marketing, and day-to-day operations, with the Nets having control over coaching and player decisions. This hybrid model was well received by GMs and owners.[100] However, after three seasons, the Pistons purchased the Armor from its former owners, and moved and renamed the team the Grand Rapids Drive.[101]
On November 6, 2015, the Nets announced that they had purchased a new D-League team to be called the Long Island Nets. The team played their home games during the 2016–17 season at the Barclays Center and then at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York after renovations were complete for the 2017–18 season. The Long Island Nets became the twelfth D-League team to be owned by an NBA team.[102]
Media
See also: List of Brooklyn Nets broadcasters
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The television home of the Nets is currently the YES Network, which the team helped create while they were under the corporate umbrella of YankeeNets LLC, a merger of business operations between the Nets and the New York Yankees. After the dissolution of YankeeNets and Bruce Ratner's purchase of the team, YES signed a long-term deal to keep broadcasting Nets games. The sale to the Ratner group did not include the percentage of YES that was previously owned by the Nets, which remains with the pre-merger Nets owners. Prior to that, the Nets' TV home was Fox Sports Net New York and SportsChannel New York.
The team's local broadcast partner is WWOR-TV, and games have aired on WLNY-TV in the past as well.
The current flagship radio station of the Nets is WFAN, which took over the radio rights to the Nets after losing their basketball contract with the Knicks (who moved to WEPN). Prior to that, Nets games aired on WNEW, WMCA, WVNJ, WNBC, WQEW, and WOR.
In the club's early ABA years, some Sunday road games were televised in a package carried by WPIX. The team's later ABA tenure featured more frequent road telecasts on their current broadcast partner, WWOR-TV. Known then as WOR-TV, it continued airing road games for a time once the team joined the NBA in 1976.
Television
Ian Eagle has been the sole television play-by-play announcer for the Nets since the departure of Marv Albert in 2011. Eagle became the lead television voice for the team in 1995 after serving as the team's radio voice for one year, while Albert joined the Nets following his firing by MSG Network in 2005 after four decades as the lead voice of the New York Knicks. When Albert joined the broadcast team, he became the lead broadcaster with Eagle as his substitute; beginning in the 2009–10 season, due to Albert's advancing age and his other commitments, Eagle once again assumed the lead play-by-play spot. Ryan Ruocco substitutes for Eagle during the latter's CBS NFL and NCAA commitments.
As of 2021, Sarah Kustok and Richard Jefferson provide color commentary on YES Network broadcasts, and Michael Grady serves as courtside reporter.[103]
Radio
WFAN is the Nets' current radio flagship, the station having assumed radio rights from WOR following the 2003–04 season. Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw comprise the broadcast team, Carrino on play-by-play and Capstraw as the analyst. The games air on other Entercom-operated stations, such as WCBS (AM) and WNSH, when there are programming conflicts on WFAN.
Other broadcasters who have worked for the Nets include Howard David, Bob Papa, Bill Raftery, Kelly Tripucka, Albert King, Mike O'Koren, Spencer Ross, Mel Proctor, Joe Tait, John Sterling, John Minko and Mark Jackson.
Nets games have also aired on WNEW and WQEW in the past.
During the club's ABA years, announcers included Marty Glickman, Marv Albert's brothers Al Albert and Steve Albert, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, Bob Goldsholl, as well as Sterling and Vince DiTomasso. The latter two joined the club's move into the NBA.
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