The Brooklyn Nets, in their various iterations, have had some outstanding individual performances. Here are the 25 best individual games in team history.
Through the end of the 2017-18 season, 468 players have worn the franchise’s various uniforms for at least one regular-season appearance, from Quincy Acy to Derrick Zimmerman, over the course of 51 seasons.
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During their days in the ABA as the New Jersey Americans and New York Nets, the club sent nine different players to the All-Star Game. Since coming to the NBA in 1976 and competing as the New York Nets, New Jersey Nets and Brooklyn Nets, 14 more players joined the All-Star list.
Julius Erving won or shared three ABA Most Valuable Player awards as a member of the Nets. Three Nets have won the Rookie of the Year award in either the ABA or NBA. Six Nets have been All-NBA selections and two have been named All-Defensive.
From their ABA days, the club had four All-ABA honorees and three players selected All-Defensive.
So there have been some terrific individual efforts along the way to two ABA titles and 7 playoff appearances in nine ABA seasons and two NBA Finals appearances and 19 playoff berths in 42 years as an NBA club.
What makes up a great individual game? Scoring a ton of points, getting seemingly every rebound, filling the stat sheet in every column? Yes, yes and yes. But it can also be a great moment or sequence of moments or just doing something no one else in team history has done.
The Nets franchise has played 4,140 regular-season games in its history. Multiply that by 468 players and that’s a big selection to cull down to 25. Your memory might recall things differently (as I am fond of saying when putting together lists such as these, your mileage may vary).
But that is also part of the allure of being a sports fan — the debates, the arguments, the discussions. So here are the 25 greatest individual games in the history of the Brooklyn Nets franchise.