With the second pick in the 1991 NBA Draft, the New Jersey Nets selected point guard Kenny Anderson.
Before turning pro, Anderson was a phenom. At Archbishop Molloy High School in New York, Anderson scored 2,621 points, a record in New York that stood until 2004. The hype around Anderson was through the roof, and he didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called on draft day, as the Nets selected him second overall.
Anderson played five productive seasons with the New Jersey Nets. Anderson’s best season came in 1993-94, when he averaged 18.8 points and 9.6 assists per game. His performance that season earned him an All-Star nod.
Anderson wasn’t one to lead the league in scoring, but he did a bit of everything for the Nets. He was a great passer, a willing defender, and rebounded rather well during his time with the Nets.
The Nets shipped Anderson to Charlotte in January of 1996, ending his tenure with the team. That year, Anderson planned to test free agency, and the Nets opted to trade him instead of letting him hit the free agent market.