Jason Kidd – PG
Jason Kidd led the New Jersey Nets to back to back NBA finals in 2002 and 2003. Unfortunately for him, he had to go against Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and the Los Angeles Lakers in both of those seasons. Nonetheless, Jason Kidd became one of the greatest Nets of all time in his seven years with the franchise. He averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists. Now the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kidd has always been one of the smartest players on the court.
Devin Harris – PG/SG
Devin Harris had a very interesting time in New Jersey. When he arrived, he was a below average point guard who couldn’t shoot. Four years later when he left, he was known as one of the most athletic and fun to watch scoring guards in the league. Though he played in over double the games he played in New Jersey with the Mavericks, Harris never made a serious impact for Dallas. Because of this, he will be remembered one of the best Brooklyn Nets players of all time.
Richard Jefferson – SF
Now a veteran playing significant minutes on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Richard Jefferson was once one of the best scorers in the NBA. In 2008, Jefferson averaged over 22 points per game and he was a huge part of the Nets’ championship teams in the early 2000’s. He and Jason Kidd were an extremely fun duo to watch. Even at his current age of 37, R.J. is still an underrated scorer and athlete.
Kenyon Martin – PF
Kenyon Martin and Blake Griffin have so many similarities. They were each one of the most athletic players in the NBA, played significant minutes for a good playoff team, and each had off-court issues that held them back from becoming greats. Kenyon Martin was never known as a great locker room presence despite his athleticism and skill. He once got in a fist fight with teammate: Richard Jefferson. Like Kidd and Jefferson however, he was an instrumental part of going to back to back finals.
Brook Lopez – C
Despite the Nets being a joke for the past three years, Brook Lopez has consistently been a great post-up presence in Brooklyn. Often times, he is the only guy capable of scoring for the Nets. Unfortunately for him, Brooklyn’s front office is even worse than Sacramento’s. They traded away all of their picks for the next couple years, and nobody wants to play in Brooklyn because they have no direction for growth. Luckily, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason for D’Angelo Russell. We will finally be able to see if Lopez is capable of making a positive impact on a good team.