Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in New York City who compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. They compete with the New York Knicks for the support and affection of basketball fans in the New York area.

The Nets home arena is the Barclays Center which is located in the borough of Brooklyn. Established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA),  they were known as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island 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 today).

The name changed again in 1977 when the team returned to the nearby state of New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. During this time, the Nets won two consecutive Eastern Conference championships (in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons), but failed to win a championship. In the summer of 2012, the team moved to the Barclays Center, and took its current geographic name - The Brooklyn Nets.

Over the years the Nets have had some fine players although sadly none have yet had the honor of counting themselves among a Championship winning team. Jason Kidd can be credited with making an immediate positive effect on Nets’ fortunes. In 2001-02, with Kidd as their point guard, New Jersey had a win ratio 52-30 and lost in the NBA Finals in four games to the Los Angeles Lakers. Among the records he holds are first in assists (4,620), first in three-pointers made (813), first in steals (950), fourth in points scored (7,373) and fifth in rebounds (3,662).

Julius Erving, known as Dr J, was a Nets player for only three years. Erving led the Nets to two ABA titles and ranks sixth in franchise history for points scored with 7,104. During those three years with the organization in the ABA, he averaged at least 27.4 PPG, 10.7 RPG and 5.0 APG.

In the years 1981-89 Buck Williams established himself as a premier player at the power forward position. In six of those he was ranked among the best three rebounders in the league, never averaging less than twelve rebounds per game.

Shooting guard John Williamson had two different periods with the Nets (1973-77 and 1978-80). He still holds Nets records including for the most free throw attempts in a game.

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