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2019-20 Season

January 31, 2020: Kyrie Irving scored 54 points in a win over the Bulls to set a new team record. He was a perfect 10-for-10 in the first half and had 10 points in a row during the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Season Recap: The Nets made the playoffs with a 35–37 record but were swept 4–0 in the opening round by the Toronto Raptors. Kyrie Irving missed most of the season to injury but averaged 27.4 points in the games he did play. Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie and backcourt mate Joe Harris were Brooklyn’s most reliable players. With a solid core, the Nets are hoping to take a step forward when Kevin Durant returns to full health in 2020–21.

Season Preview: Kevin Durant will probably sit out the year so his Achilles injury fully heals, but while he’s gone the Nets hope to become the league’s best long-distance shooting team. Newcomer Kyrie Irving will lead the 3-point attack, with help from Joe Harris and Taurean Prince. If Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen continue to improve as role players, Brooklyn could be a winning team long before Durant arrives.

2018-19 Season

Season Recap: The Nets were fun to watch in 2018–19, making the playoffs with a 42–40 record. D’Angelo Russell took a giant step toward stardom, averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game. The team got excellent years from a pair of NBA unknowns, point guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen, as well as veteran super sub Demarre Carroll. The Nets won the opening game of their playoff series against the powerful 76ers but lost the next four to end their year.

April 6, 2019: Joe Harris made three of six three-pointers against the Bucks to finish as the NBA leader, with a 47.4 shooting percentage from “downtown.”

February 16, 2019: Joe Harris won the 3-Point Contest at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

January 21, 2019: D’Angelo Russell was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week with 74 points in wins over the Celtics and Magic.

Season Preview: Brooklyn fans will be watching their team rebuild in 2018–19. That doesn’t mean the Nets are out of the playoff hunt. The team has assembled a roster of over-achievers who play patient, unselfish basketball. Most NBA fans won’t recognize the names on Brooklyn’s uniforms when they come to town, but by season’s end “Demarre Carroll” and “Rondae Hollis-Jefferson” could sound a lot more familiar.

2017-18 Season

Season Recap: The Nets suffered through another losing, finishing one game behind their city rivals, the Knicks. Injuries struck several key players, including Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell. One of the lone bright spots for the Nets in 2017–18 didn’t even count: point guard Spencer Dinwiddie won the Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend. He was the second Net to win; Jason Kidd was the first.

December 17, 2017: The Nets traded for All-American center Jalil Okafor. Okafor led his college team, Duke University, to the national title in 2015.

Season Preview: The Nets are still rebuilding—this season around young star D’Angelo Russell. If fellow guard Jeremy Lin can stay healthy, they will lead an attacking offense that will keep opponents on their heels.

2016-17 Season

Season Recap: The team’s struggles continued, as they fell to just 20 victories and a last-place finish. Brook Lopez topped 20 points a game for the fourth time in his career, but this season would be his last as he was traded to the Lakers in June.

2015-16 Season

2014-15 Season

2013-14 Season

More Go-To Guys

Kenny Anderson was a happy guy when the Nets drafted him. A Brooklyn native, he liked playing close to home. (Topps, Inc.)

Vince Carter was known for more than dunking, but he was a legendary slam artist. (Sports Illustrated for Kids)

  • Bernard King — 6′ 7″ Forward
    Born: 12/4/1956
    Played for Team: 1977–78 to 1978–79
    Bernard King played his first two NBA seasons with the Nets and was their first great NBA star. He averaged 22 points a game for New Jersey and was a member of the 1978 All-Rookie team.

  • Kenny Anderson — 6′ 0″ Guard
    Born: 10/9/1970
    Played for Team: 1991–92 to 1995–96
    Kenny Anderson was the second pick in the 1991 draft and developed into an All-Star for the Nets in his third season. Anderson ranked among the NBA leaders in assists with the Nets, and was also an exciting scorer.

  • Drazen Petrovic — 6′ 5″ Guard
    Born: 10/22/1964
    Died: 6/7/1993
    Played for Team: 1990–91 to 1992–93
    Drazen Petrovic was becoming one of the top players in the NBA when his life was cut short in a car accident in 1993. He gave the Nets 20-plus points a game and could score from anywhere on the court. Petrovic and Kenny Anderson gave New Jersey a great one-two punch in the backcourt.

  • Kenyon Martin — 6′ 9″ Forward/Center
    Born: 12/30/1977
    Played for Team: 2000–01 to 2003–04
    Jason Kidd may have been the leader of the Nets during their two trips to the NBA Finals, but the player who ruled the backboards was Kenyon Martin. His aggressive play gave his teammates a boost at key moments in the playoffs.

More Fun Facts

Buck Williams takes a peek at the scoreboard. Had the Nets been able to keep Julius Erving and Bernard King in the 1980s, they would have had one of the greatest frontcourts in history. (Fleer Corp.)

  • DOCTOR OF DEFENSE
    One of the great milestones in basketball is reaching 200 blocked shots or 200 steals in a season. Four different Nets have had 200-plus blocks in a season and four have had 200-plus steals. Only Julius “Dr. J” Erving—with 204 blocks in 1973–74 and 207 steals in 1975–76—is on both lists.

  • THE BUCK STOPS HERE
    During his eight seasons as a Net, Buck Williams set a number of career records that still stand. They include most games (635), points (10,440), free throws (2,476), and rebounds (7,576). He also holds the team records for turnovers (1,811) and fouls (2,244).

  • BACK TO THE FUTURE
    In 1968, the New Jersey Americans tried to move to Newark, NJ, but could not find a suitable home court. They moved to Long Island instead and became the New York Nets. The team ended up playing in Newark from 2010 to 2102 before its move to Brooklyn.

League Leaders

If Dr. J’s afro had been any bigger, he’d have needed a bigger card! (Topps, Inc.)

Kendall Gill shoots on the run. He was a deadly scorer and a popular player with New Jersey fans. (Topps, Inc.)

  • SCORING
    1973–74 Julius Erving 27.4*
    1975–76 Julius Erving 29.3*

  • ASSISTS
    1970–71 Bill Melchionni 8.3*
    1971–72 Bill Melchionni 8.4*
    1977–78 Kevin Porter 10.2**
    2002–03 Jason Kidd 8.9
    2003–04 Jason Kidd 9.2

  • STEALS
    1974–75 Brian Taylor 2.8*
    1982–83 Micheal Ray Richardson 2.8***
    1984–85 Micheal Ray Richardson 3.0
    1998–99 Kendall Gill 2.7

    Steals did not become an official statistic until 1973–74.

  • BLOCKED SHOTS
    1977–78 George Johnson 3.4
    1996–97 Shawn Bradley 3.4****

    Blocks did not become an official statistic until 1973–74.

    * ABA Leader
    ** Also played for the Detroit Pistons
    *** Also played for the Golden State Warriors
    ****Also played for the Dallas Mavericks

Playing for the Championship

Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd represent the Nets on the cover of the 2003 NBA Finals program. It was their second straight trip to the championship series. (National Basketball Association)

NETS in the FINALS

American Basketball Association

SEASON OPPONENT SCORE
1971–72 Indiana Pacers Lost 2–4
1973–74 Utah Stars Won 4–1
1975–76 Denver Nuggets Won 4–2

National Basketball Association

SEASON OPPONENT SCORE
2001–02 Los Angeles Lakers Lost 0–4
2002–03 San Antonio Spurs Lost 2–4

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