Brooklyn Nets



Brooklyn Nets Highlights

Originally established as a charter member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Brooklyn Nets have become a tremendously popular NBA team. Most of this club’s success was in the ABA, and it has yet to win an NBA Championship as of 2022. Julius Erving was its first superstar, as he led the Brooklyn Nets stats in his short but fruitful tenure.

Like other popular teams, the Nets can have chalky NBA odds on the online sports betting site. Historically, this team has fallen short of these lofty expectations, so buyers need to be cautious when betting.

General Information

Conference & Division

  • Conference: Eastern
  • Division: Atlantic

City: Brooklyn, New York

Arena: Barclays Center

Championships & Titles


  • 2 ABA Championships
  • 2 Conference Championships
  • 5 Division Titles

Brooklyn Nets All-Time Records

Most points all-time:

  • Brook Lopez, 10,444

Most rebounds all-time:

  • Buck WIlliams, 7,576

Most assists all-time:

  • Jason Kidd, 4,620

Most steals all-time:

  • Jason Kidd, 950

Most blocks all-time:

  • Brook Lopez, 972

Most wins all-time (coach):

  • Lawrence Frank, 225

Brooklyn Nets Stats & Team History

The Nets began their journey by being one of the best ABA franchises. Led by Erving, the New York Nets won a pair of ABA titles, including the final one for the league. It was absorbed into the NBA in 1976. Erving, after a contract dispute with ownership, left for Philadelphia. The team then moved to New Jersey at the start of the 1977-78 season.

While a powerhouse as the New York Nets, the New Jersey years were among the franchise’s most mediocre. The Nets consistently made the playoffs during the first half of the 1980s, but to little success. Then, from 1986 to 2001 -a period of 15 years- the Nets only made four playoff appearances with zero series wins.
New Jersey had promising players like Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson and talented coaches like Bill Fitch and Chuck Daly. But the team could not put it together and did not win more than 45 games. Its fortune finally changed at the start of the new millennium, when it brought Rod Thorn on board, who drafted Michael Jordan for Chicago Bulls.

Under Thorn, the Nets became an overnight success. He hired Byron Scott as the head coach, drafted Kenyon Martin with the first overall pick, and -most notably- traded for Jason Kidd. The All-Star point guard single-handedly turned the team into a contender. With him, the Nets made consecutive NBA-Finals appearances.

In 2004, the Nets acquired superstar Vince Carter to further extend their years as a contender. Lawrence Frank replaced Byron Scott in the middle of the 2003-04 season, and New Jersey made the playoffs up until 2007. Kidd and Carter eventually left, thus returning New Jersey to another rebuild. Thorn resigned in 2010.

In 2012, the franchise relocated to Brooklyn. Looking to make a splash, Billy King, the new executive, acquired stars like Joe Johnson and Deron Williams to pair up with promising big man Brook Lopez. Kidd was brought back as coach the following year. Brooklyn then made a deal for aging stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

At this time, the Nets became a playoff contender. Lopez led the Brooklyn Nets’ stats but it was all short-lived. The franchise lost all of its stars and became a rebuilding franchise -with little-to-no assets- thanks to the Garnett-Pierce deal.

After enduring a few moribund seasons, Brooklyn has become a prominent franchise again, with superstars like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joining in. The team was expected to be a title contender but it has fallen short and is once again facing turmoil.

Brooklyn Nets FAQs

What Does “Nets” Mean in Brooklyn?

The moniker “Nets” is often used in rap lyrics because it rhymes with other New York metropolitan area teams, like the MLB’s Mets and NFL’s Jets.

Does Jay-Z Own Part of the Nets?

Rap mogul Jay-Z used to be a minority owner of the Nets. However, he sold his small stake to then-head coach Jason Kidd.

Where Did the Brooklyn Nets Come From?

The Brooklyn Nets were founded as the New Jersey Americans in 1967 for the American Basketball Association (ABA). It was renamed the “Nets” when it relocated to New York in 1968. It relocated to Brooklyn in 2012.
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