Top 5 New Jersey/New York Nets of All Time

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Basketball Returns to Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Nets were originally of the ABA (American Basketball Association) and were founded in 1967 playing under the name of the New Jersey Americans.  They won 2 ABA Championships before being accepted as one of the 4 teams from the ABA to be admitted to the NBA as part of the ABA-NBA merger, officially making them the New Jersey Nets.  The nets enjoyed moderate success after joining the NBA only making two NBA Finals appearances (2001-02, 2002-03), losing them both.  The Nets decision to move to Brooklyn in 2012 was unanimously approved by the NBA Board of Governors to Barclay Center.  The move was strongly endorsed by rap mogul and Brooklyn native Jay-Z.  However Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov was the real architect behind the move, funding a 700 million dollar loan in order to build Barclay

Showtime with the Harlem Globetrotters

Going to a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game is a fun event for the whole family even if they are not sports fans. The Harlem Globetrotters have been bringing their talents and semantics to basketball courts around the world since 1926.

Throughout the game the Harlem Globetrotters will entertain the crowd with jokes, tricks on both its opponents and referees in charge and of course some high flying, rim rocking acrobatics to showcase their basketball skills. It is not uncommon for the Harlem Globetrotters to get its fans to participate in the fun as they often bring them on to the court to participate in the fun.

The Harlem Globetrotters know that their job is to bring a smile to everyone