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    Brooklyn Nets Franchise Information

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    Established:1967
    Stadium:Barclays Center
    Colours:Black, white & grey
    Hall of Famers:Tiny Archibald, Maurice Cheeks, Mel Daniels, Julius Erving, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Bernard King,  Bob McAdoo, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo & Drazen Petrovic
    Hall of Fame Coaches:Larry Brown, John Calipari, Lou Carnesecaa, Chuck Daly & Bill Fitch
    Rivals:Boston Celtics, New York Knicks & Toronto Raptors 
    Legends:Jason Kidd, Julius Erving, Buck Williams, Vince Carter, Brook Lopez, Drazen Petrovic, Rick Barry, Richard, Jefferson, John Williamson, Kerry Kittles, Kenyon Martin, Keith Van Horn, Otis Birdsong, Derrick Coleman, Bill Melchionni, Brain Taylor, Joe Johnson, Kenny Anderson, Mike Gminski, Darryl Dawkins, Micheal Ray Richardson, Billy Paultz, Bernard King, Albert King & Stephon Marbury
    Retired Numbers:3, 5, 23, 25, 32, 52
    Conference: Eastern Conference
    Division:Atlantic Division
    NBA Championships:0

    Brooklyn Nets History

    The Brooklyn Nets were established in 1967 as part of a rival league to the NBA, the American Basketball Association (ABA). In their inaugural season, the team was known as the New Jersey Americans as during the 1967-68 ABA season they were based in New Jersey. 

    A year later, they moved to Long Island in New York, where they underwent a name change to the New York Nets, where they would have the most successful period in franchise history. 

    This successful period didn’t start off as expected, with the team’s first season in New York returning an ABA worst 17-61 record. Not only was the team’s performance horrid, but their home court was as well. The Nets played at the Commack Arena, which had an ice hockey rink under the court. 

    It was said that at times moisture would seep up through the floorboards making the court slippery, and the end of the courts didn’t cover all of the ice, which resulted in a player suffering a broken cheekbone after slipping on that ice. The only way the team could get fans to come and watch during this season was to offer free replica basketballs to those who attended. 

    The Nets changed ownership prior to the 1969-70 season, who moved the court to a proper basketball arena and the team brought in some high profile players, helping performance on the court and bringing record numbers of fans off it. The Nets improved their win-loss record by 22 games and made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the first of seven straight playoff appearances. 

    In 1969-70 and 1970-71 the Nets were eliminated in the first round, but after acquiring superstar and future hall of famer, Rick Barry in the 1970 offseason, the team was on an upward trajectory. 

    Barry would average 31.5 points per game while leading the Nets to their first winning season, 44-40. The team’s improved performance saw them need to move from their current stadium, which had a 8,500 capacity, to a new larger stadium that could seat 17,800 fans. 

    Barry helped the Nets cause one of the biggest upsets in sports history, beating the ABA-record 68-win Kentucky Colonels in the first round of the playoffs, highlighted by a 50 point performance in game 1. The Nets would next face Julius Irving and the Virginia Squires, where the Nets would prevail in seven games to make it to the ABA Finals. The Nets would fall to the Indiana Pacers in a tightly contested six games. 

    The 1972 offseason saw a District Court Judge ruled that due to contract issues, Barry had to play for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA or not play basketball at all. With Barry no longer on the team, the Nets took a backwards step in the 1972-73 season finishing with a 30-54 record and just making the playoffs, being eliminated in the first round. 

    Hoping to recover from their poor performance, the Nets traded for Julius Irving, the best player in the ABA at the time. In his first season with the team, Irving won 1974 MVP and led the Nets top seed in the Eastern Division with a 55-29 record. The team would easily make it to the ABA Finals, this time winning 4-1 over the Utah Stars. Irving won Playoffs MVP, leading the Nets to their first championship in franchise history. 

    The following season the Nets would win 3 more regular season games than the previous year, but suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the playoffs, relying too heavily on the fatigued Irving, who despite winning regular season MVP again, was out of energy by the time the playoffs started. 

    The Nets made some trades prior to the 1975-76 season to help support Irving and went on to win 55 games in the regular season for the third straight year. Irving again won MVP and with the added help was able to lead the Nets to a second ABA Championship in three years. 

    That was the last season before the NBA absorbed the ABA, taking the Nets along with three other ABA franchises to the bigger and more national league. The Nets faced teething issues in the NBA, as they had to pay a multi-million dollar fee due to their already being an NBA franchise in New York, only being able to afford this fee by selling Julius Irving’s contract to Philadelphia. 

    The Nets would move back to New Jersey after just one season and only made the playoffs once in their first five seasons in the NBA, before making the playoffs the following five seasons, led by 1982 Rookie of the Year, Charles ‘Buck’ Williams. The Nets would only make it out of the first round once in those five year, never making it to the Eastern Conference Finals in that time. 

    The Nets would only make the playoffs four times of the next 15 seasons. The 2001 offseason was one of the best in Nets’ history. They traded for Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins, Brandon Armstrong and All NBA point guard Jason Kidd. 

    Kidd led the team to their first Atlantic Division title and a 52-30 record, good enough for top of the East in the 2001-02 season. The Nets faced the Indiana Pacers in the first round and with the best of five games series tied 2-2, New Jersey pulled off a double overtime victory in front of a sell out crowd to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 18 seasons. 

    The Nets defeated the Charlotte Hornets 4-1 to advance to their first ever Eastern Conference Finals. It was a tight contest with their Atlantic Division rivals, with the Nets eventually prevailing, winning their first Eastern Conference Championship 4-2. New Jersey would get swept by Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals, with the Lakers winning their third straight Championship. 

    The following season saw Kidd along with Jefferson and exciting young star Kenyon Martin lead the Nets to another Atlantic Division title. New Jersey beat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs before sweeping the Celtics and the Detroit Pistons to win their second straight Eastern Conference Championship, advancing to the Finals yet again. The Nets would ultimately lose again, this time to the San Antonio Spurs 4-2. 

    New Jersey didn’t quite have the same success the following season, making the playoffs but exciting in the second round, defeated by eventual Champions, the Detroit Pistons. 

    Jason Kidd was facing some injury issues to begin the 2004-05, leaving Jefferson to lead the team. With results not going as expected, the Nets traded for Vince Carter, creating a ‘big 3’.

    The Big Three would lead New Jersey to three straight playoff runs but would never make it out of the second round. The 2006-07 season would be the last that the New Jersey version of the team would make the playoffs, with five straight seasons missing before the team relocated to Brooklyn. 

    Led by Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace and the newly acquired Joe Johnson were to lead the newly relocated team, hoping for on court success to help build a support base in Brooklyn. The team started the 2012-13 season 11-4, with Avery Johnson winning Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November, but after a 3-10 month in December, Johnson was fired. Lopez would be selected for the 2013 All Star game and the Nets would make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, losing to the Chicago Bulls in seven games. 

    With a hunger for more success, the Nets hired ex star Jason Kidd as head coach and traded some of their younger players for Boston stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, creating a super team with Williams, Johnson and Lopez. Brooklyn struggled to begin the season and reached a low point when Lopez went down with a foot injury that would keep him out for the rest of the 2013-14 season. 

    The injury caused Kidd to mix up the line up resulting in a resurgence that saw Brooklyn make the playoffs again. The Nets defeated the Raptors in the first round, facing heated rivals Miami Heat in the second round. Powered by LeBron James, the Heat defeated the Nets 4-1. 

    In the 2014 offseason, the Nets traded head coach Jason Kidd to the Bucks for draft picks, and this saw Brooklyn only just make the playoffs in the 2014-15 season, despite the star studded line up. 

    The Nets would go on to miss the playoffs the next three seasons, losing their ageing stars and beginning a rebuild. In 2017, they traded Lopez to the Lakers for D’Angelo Russell. In the 2018-19 season, the Nets would exceed expectations, Russell would go on to be Brooklyn’s first All Star since 2014 and the team would make the playoffs, losing to Philadelphia in the first round. 

    The 2019 offseason saw the Nets trade All Star Russell to the Golden State Warriors for the injured Kevin Durant. Brooklyn also signed Kyrie Irving, who only managed to play 20 games throughout the 2019-20 season. 

    Powered by role players Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris Levert, Brooklyn made the playoffs for a second straight season, finishing the 2019-20 season 7th in the East with a 35-37 record. The Brooklyn Nets fell to the Toronto Raptors in the first round. 

    With a healthy Durant and Irving, Brooklyn were poised to make a deep playoff run however an injury to Dinwiddie in their third game of the 2020-21 season began to derail those plans. However, a mid-season trade for a former MVP, James Harden, immediately shot Brooklyn into Championship favoritism.

    Unfortunately, due to injuries to both Durant and Harden, the Brooklyn ‘Big Three’ only played eight games together in the regular season and that hampered their ability to create chemistry, despite finishing with the second seed.

    The breezed past Boston in the opening round of the playoffs but Harden re-injured his hamstring in Game One of the Conference Semifinals before Kyrie Irving turned his ankle in Game Five. Durant did his best to carry the team over the line against Milwaukee but ultimately fell short, losing in seven games.

    The 2021-22 season was a long and stressful one for the Brooklyn Nets. Despite the fact that they had two of the top five players in the National Basketball Association they failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs as they were swept by the Boston Celtics.

    Expert 2022-23 Picks & Preview on Brooklyn Nets

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Nets’ chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:

    The Brooklyn Nets were literally within 1 inch of getting to the NBA Finals. KD hit a long 2 as his toes were on the 3 point line to send game 7 into overtime. If KD was just an inch further away, the Nets would’ve won that game and likely gone on to beat the Hawks or the Suns in the NBA Finals. Unfortunately that isn’t what happened. The good news for the Nets is that they bring back most of the same pieces from their strong core and make another run in this new season.

    Front Office

    The Nets are led by head coach Steve Nash. Nash is well-respected in the locker room and has had his own illustrious NBA career. Nash is 3rd all time in assists and 2 time MVP of the league. Nash is one of the most high IQ players in NBA history and has brought his knowledge to the Nets as a first time head coach. In his first season, which was filled with injury and road bumps, Nash was able to help guide the Nets to a 48 win record and to the Conference Semifinals. 

    Now, in his second season there are issues popping up with Kyrie Irving’s eligibility to play, Nash will likely have a whole new set of issues to contend with. However, with the addition of a bunch of veterans, the Nets will likely be good enough to win the NBA Finals even if Kyrie isn’t always available.

    The Nets front office did not sit on their hands this offseason. The Nets added LaMarcus Aldridge after he was medically cleared, Paul Millsap, James Johnson and most importantly Patty Mills. Although they lost Landry Shamet, Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan, they were necessary subtractions to a team that is already stacked. The biggest addition was Patty Mills. After a magical run in the Olympics, Mills will likely play backup point guard, and help fill the gap when Kyrie is unavailable. 

    Mills may not put up the numbers he did during the Olympics but he will be a steady presence both on and off the court. Mills may very well help the Nets locker room as well. The Nets have retooled and are primed for another run, and right now sit as our favourite to win the Finals.

    Key Players

    The key player for the Nets is obviously Kevin Durant. Durant has been the most available and dominant player on the Nets roster. Harden and Kyrie have both taken a back seat to the dominance Durant has shown. Durant has no offensive weaknesses, and is a proven top 3 player in the league. 

    Durant is the clear number 1 option, but also is unselfish enough to let Kyrie and Harden take the reins when needed. The only issue with Durant is if he will be able to stay healthy as he is moving up a bit in age. If Durant stays healthy and continues his level of play from last season, the Nets will have no issues.

    Now beyond Durant, the Nets are still incredibly stacked. They have former MVP James Harden, the revitalized Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving and 3-point sniper Joe Harris as their starters alongside Durant. The bench is also plenty deep as well with Patty Mills, DeAndre Bembry, Bruce Brown, Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge, many of which were starters for other teams very recently. Out of the roster, the 2nd most important player to the Nets season will be James Harden. 

    Harden has taken a step back (pun not intended) and become the Nets primary ball handler. However, with Kyrie’s availability continuing to come into question, Harden will need to be able to generate his own offense and put points on the board too. He has obviously proven that in the past, but with the change to the foul rules, will Harden be able to adapt? 

    Harden has been notorious for generating fouls and getting free throws, but will he get slowed down this season by the rule change? If Harden can adapt, the sky’s the limit, but if he can’t, Durant will have an awfully large load to carry, and against some of the other powerhouses in the East, Durant may not be enough.

    Breakout Player

    The Breakout player on this Nets team will be more of a comeback player. This player is Blake Griffin. Griffin will often be forced to play the 4 or 5 as part of the starting lineup, meaning he will have to guard the skillful and top level bigs in the East, such as Giannis and Embiid. We think Blake may be up for the job. 

    Although he has shown his flashy dunk ability and been a good role player, we think Griffin has a breakout year in terms of defense. Griffin will likely not be an All-NBA defender but he should be able to do enough to slow down opposing bigs. We think we will see a new side of Griffin who puts his effort all into defense as he doesn’t need to carry the load offensively.

    Brooklyn Nets Betting & Odds Preview 2022-23

    The 2021-22 season is over and we take a look back at the Brooklyn Nets betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Nets before the start of the previous season:

    Brooklyn had the third best NBA Championship odds before last season started with +600, only trailing the Lakers and Bucks. After trading for James Harden, they became clear favorites and remained that right up until they were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

    Despite the high expectations and numerous injuries throughout the year, Brooklyn still finished with a top 10 record against the spread, 38-34. While they were an eight game better team at home, in terms of wins and losses, the Nets were an even 19-17 at home and on the road during the regular season.

    The Nets’ incredible talent on offense combined with their near non-existent defense meant that they had a top five record in total points betting. Brooklyn’s games went OVER 40/72 times, fifth most in the league and were an even 20-16 at both home and on the road.

    Brooklyn Nets FAQs

    Still got some burning questions about the Brooklyn Nets? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    When did the Brooklyn Nets move cities? 

    The Brooklyn Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012. Originally in 1967, the franchise started in New Jersey before moving to New York after their first season. After 10 seasons in New York, the team moved back to New Jersey where they stayed until 2012. 

    Why did the Brooklyn Nets move to Brooklyn?

    In 2004 the Brooklyn Nets were sold to real estate developer, Bruce Ratner, who wanted to move the team to Brooklyn. Ratner had a redevelopment project in that area of Brooklyn and wanted the new arena to be the centerpiece of this. The Brooklyn Nets played their first game in Brooklyn in the 2012-13 season.  

    Where do the Brooklyn Nets play?

    The Brooklyn Nets play their home games at the Barclays Center. 

    Who owns the Brooklyn Nets?

    Joseph Tsai is the owner of the Brooklyn Nets. Tsai originally bought 49% ownership of the Nets in 2017, before purchasing the other 51% ownership in September 2019. Tsai also purchased the Barclays Center. 

    Has the Brooklyn Nets won an NBA Championship?

    The Brooklyn Nets have won 0 NBA Championships. The Nets did win two championships when they were part of the American Basketball Association, in 1974 and 1976. 

    Who is the Brooklyn Nets coach?

    Steve Nash is the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Nash was hired following the 2019-20 season. 

    Do the Brooklyn Nets play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Brooklyn Nets are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Brooklyn Nets games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Brooklyn Nets record?

    The Brooklyn Nets had a 44-38 win-loss record for the 2021-22 NBA season. 

    Did the Brooklyn Nets win last night?

    Fans of the Brooklyn Nets are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much is the Brooklyn Nets worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Nets are worth $3.2 billion.

    Who do the Brooklyn Nets play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NBA, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Brooklyn Nets play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Brooklyn Nets?

    You can catch the Brooklyn Nets in action through NBA TV, NBA League Pass, or on TV such as ESPN, TNT, ABC and YES Network.

    Will the Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs this year?

    The Brooklyn Nets made the 2021-22 Playoffs after finishing second in the Eastern Conference with a 44-38 record.

    They lost to the Celtics in 4 games in the opening round.

    When do the Brooklyn Nets play?

    Brooklyn Nets fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips we list all the information you need like the tip off time, location of the game and the all important NBA odds.

    Where did the Brooklyn Nets finish the season?

    The Brooklyn Nets finished the 2021-22 NBA season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. 

    How many games did the Brooklyn Nets win?

    The Brooklyn Nets won 44 games during the 2021-22 NBA season. 

    What are the Brooklyn Nets odds?

    Unfortunately the odds for the 2022-23 NBA season are yet to be released! Check back in shortly as SportsTips have you covered for everything you need to know about betting on the NBA.

    What are the NBA expert picks for the Brooklyn Nets?

    The NBA expert picks for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2022-23 season is yet to be determined, but make sure you check our page regularly as we crunch all the numbers and stats to get awesome expert NBA picks for our readers.