Brooklyn Nets: Catching up with former Nets around pro basketball

Brooklyn Nets Mile Ilic. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets Mile Ilic. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Ryan Anderson, Miami Heat

Departed New Jersey: Traded to Orlando Magic, June 25, 2009

The New Jersey Nets traded Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson to the Orlando Magic on June 25, 2009, getting back Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie.

Anderson spent three seasons in Orlando, winning Most Improved Player honors in 2011-12, and has since been with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns before being traded to the Miami Heat on Feb. 6.

The 30-year-old has only made 16 appearances this season, with eight starts, and is averaging 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game, shooting 31.7 percent overall and 20.6 percent on 2.1 3-point attempts per game.

The Nets took Anderson with the 21st overall pick out of the University of California in the 2008 NBA Draft.

In his lone season in New Jersey as a rookie, he started 30 of the 66 games he played and averaged 7.4 points and 4,7 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game, shooting 39.3 percent overall and 36.5 percent on 2.9 deep tries a game.

Vince Carter, Atlanta Hawks

Departed New Jersey: Traded to Orlando Magic, June 25, 2009

It’s safe to assume no one thought Vince Carter would still be in the NBA nearly 10 years after being traded by the New Jersey Nets with Ryan Anderson in exchange for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie.

But the veteran has gone from the Magic and onto the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings before signing a one year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Aug. 24.

Carter, who turned 42 last month, is averaging 6.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game for Atlanta, shooting 42.9 percent overall and 38.7 percent on 3.6 3-point attempts per game, passing the 25,000-point mark for his career earlier this season.

The Nets acquired Carter in a blockbuster trade from the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 17, 2004, giving up Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams and first-round picks in 2005 and 2006.

In four full seasons and part of a fifth with New Jersey, Carter was a four-time All-Star and averaged 23.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 37.9 minutes per game, shooting 44.7 percent overall and 37.8 percent on 4.6 deep tries a game, appearing in 374 games and starting 369.

Marcus Williams, Stockton Kings

Departed New Jersey: Traded to Golden State Warriors, July 22, 2008

Marcus Williams is still hanging around in the game, a decade after being dealt by the New Jersey Nets to the Golden State Warriors on July 22, 2008, in exchange for a 2011 second-round pick and a 2013 first-round selection.

Williams was waived by the Warriors in March 2009 and played in Puerto Rico before returning to the NBA for a season with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009-10. Since then, he’s been in Russia, China, Spain, Serbia, Montenegro and France before getting a training camp look from the Sacramento Kings in 2017.

He played last season in the G League and Puerto Rico before returning to the Stockton Kings of the G League on Oct. 22.

The 33-year-old has started in 19 of the 24 games he’s played for Stockton this season, averaging 9.5 points, 9.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game while shooting 35.9 percent overall and 33.3 percent on 5.0 3-point attempts per game.

The Nets selected Williams from the University of Connecticut with the 22nd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

In two seasons with New jersey, Williams played 132 games and started nine, averaging 6.4 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game, shooting 38.9 percent overall and 32.8 percent on 2.3 deep tries a game.

Mile Ilic, Al-Ittihad

Departed New Jersey: Traded to New Orleans Hornets, Oct. 29, 2007

The New Jersey Nets traded Mile Ilic and Bernard Robinson to the New Orleans Hornets just before the start of the 2007-08 season, adding guard depth by getting David Wesley.

The Hornets immediately released Ilic, who has been off the NBA radar ever since. He has played in Spain, Serbia, Iran, Georgia, Lithuania and Lebanon before signing with Al-Ittihad in Bahrain on Sept. 15.

There are no stats available for the 34-year-old.

The Nets selected Ilic, a Serbian, with the 43rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and signed him in September 2006.

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But he was a development project and played in just five games with New Jersey in his lone season with them, playing six minutes and getting one rebound while missing all three of his shot attempts.