5. Rick Barry: New York Nets
One of the most prolific shooters in basketball history, Ricky Barry kicks off our list of the 5 greatest Nets ever. Though he only played 3 seasons for the then ABA Nets, Barry was twice an All-star and twice an All-ABA selection. As well, he played the second most minutes played and has the highest free throw shooting percentage in ABA history.
4. Buck Williams: New Jersey Nets
Perhaps the most accomplished Nets player of all time, Buck Williams in the franchises all time leader in games, minutes, field goals attempted and made along with points scored. A 3-time all star, Williams was a work horse leading the NBA in minutes played in 1984, games played in 1984 & 1986 and offensive rebounds in 1983. As well, he was the NBA Rookie of the year and a one-time selection of the NBA All defensive team.
3. Kenyon Martin: New Jersey Nets
The first overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft out of the University of Cincinnati, Kenyon Martin was one of the most athletic players to ever play in New Jersey. The Naismith player of the year his senior season for the Bearcats, Martin went on to be selected to the NBA All-Rookie team and later to an All-Star game in 2004. Most importantly though, Martin along with Richard Jefferson, Keith Van Horn, Jason Kidd and others helped lead New Jersey to back to back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003; although they lost both. Martin went on to play for the Denver Nuggets and is currently a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.
2. Jason Kidd: New Jersey Nets
As previously mentioned, Jason Kidd was one of the essential players on the Nets back to back Finals teams. He helped lead New Jersey to a 52-30 record in the 2001 season after coming over from the Phoenix Suns. These two Finals appearences were the first in New Jerseys career and though they lost, put the team on the map. The highlight worthy plays, normally orchestrated by Kidd, often included alley-oops that were gravity defying and highlight worthy. Kidd went on to play 8 seasons in New Jersey and is currently on the Dallas Mavericks, winning his first championship last season.