Creating Brooklyn Nets’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Creating the Brooklyn Nets' All-Time Starting Lineup

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From the ABA to New Jersey to Brooklyn, the Nets organization has a long history of great players. These players led the franchise to four NBA division titles, along with two conference championships. During their early ABA days in the 70s, they also won two world championships. Creating an all-time lineup for them was an interesting challenge, but here is who made the final cut.

Jason Kidd, Point Guard

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Jason Kidd, Point Guard

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Even though he had great years with the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks, Jason Kidd made his biggest impact as a Net from 2001 to 2008. During his time there, he led them to two straight NBA Finals and was an All-Star five times. He averaged 14.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 9.2 APG and 1.9 STLPG as a Net, and was considered by Shaquille O'Neal to be the real MVP of the 2001-02 season. This makes him the best PG in Nets history.

Drazen Petrovic, Shooting Guard

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Drazen Petrovic, Shooting Guard

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Drazen Petrovic was taken from all of us way too soon at age 28 after he passed away from an unfortunate traffic accident in 1993. Before that tragedy happened, Petrovic had blossomed into one of the best shooters in the NBA. During his two full seasons with the Nets, he averaged 21.5 PPG and shot .447 from 3-point range. If Petrovic had a full NBA career, he may have been the all-time leader in 3-pointers made.

Julius Erving, Small Forward

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Julius Erving, Small Forward

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Even though it was in the ABA, no player in Nets history had a bigger impact that than The Doctor himself, Julius Erving. During his time with the franchise, he averaged 28.2 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 2.3 STLPG and 2.1 BLKPG. He was also a two-time MVP, two-time ABA world champion, and was basically Michael Jordan before the actual Michael Jordan showed up. There is no greater player in Nets history than Dr. J.

Buck Williams, Power Forward

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Buck Williams, Power Forward

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A three-time All-Star, Buck Williams was one of the greatest Nets to ever wear the uniform. During his eight-year career in New Jersey, Williams averaged 16.3 PPG and 11.8 RPG. During the first six years, he never had a season where he averaged under 12 RPG. Williams is also the all-time leading scorer in Nets history. He is an obvious pick at PF for the all-time Nets starting lineup.

Derrick Coleman, Power Forward/Center

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Derrick Coleman, Power Forward/Center

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Even though he never lived up to his full potential, D.C. was still very productive for the Nets as a power forward and center. During his five years with the franchise, he averaged 19.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG and 1.6 BLKPG. He was also an All-Star in the 1993-94 season. I understand that this pick is controversial, but it's hard to deny that a half-motivated Coleman was better than the fully motivated centers in Nets history.

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