Brooklyn Nets fans will celebrate the September induction of New Jersey star Jason Kidd into the Hall of Fame. Here are 7 Hall of Famers many don’t know were Nets.
In 43 NBA seasons, the Brooklyn Nets franchise hasn’t had a lot to celebrate, to be honest. Just 19 playoff appearances, two trips to the NBA Finals, no titles and an all-time winning percentage of .415 means there’s been more bad times than good.
The ABA days were better, particularly toward the end of the maverick league’s run, when the then-New York Nets won two of the last three championships.
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In all, the franchise made the playoffs seven times in the ABA’s nine seasons and with the late flurry of excellence posted a 374-370 record in that span.
Jason Kidd will become the fourth notable Net to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame when he is inducted in September, joining franchise icons Julius Erving and Drazen Petrovic, as well as Bernard King, who played three seasons in New Jersey.
But there are seven other players in the Springfield, Mass., shrine that also donned the Nets colors (back when they had, you know, colors). Seven legends of the game who many people have no idea played for the Nets because the tenure happened so quickly.
The 1992-93 New Jersey Nets boasted three future Hall of Famers — Petrovic, King and another player who will be joining Kidd on the dais this fall, a guy in his lone season with the franchise.
The New York Nets sold the contract of Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers on the eve of their inaugural NBA season in 1976, but boasted two future Hall of Famers … on a club that went 22-60.
Who are the Mysterious Seven? Read on.