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Nets NBA All Stars

 

Greetings Net Nation!!! With the All Star Break quickly approaching it got me to thinking about the good old days when the Nets actually had a player to represent this great franchise by playing in the All Star game and claiming his spot as one of the league’s best. So today I present to you Our Net All Stars and their contributions to this team. Before I begin I want to tell you that only "New Jersey" Nets will be considered on this post and therefore our ABA Net Great Dr J and others will not be mentioned as their contributions came before the NBA merger. Another thing that you may notice is that we have a history of having bad boys as superstars for this franchise and the 1980’s Detroit Pistons have nothing on us. You will see what I mean as I go along.

 Buck Williams (1982, 1983, & 1986)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

1981-82

15.5

12.3

1.3

1

1

1982-83

17

12.5

1.5

1.1

1.3

1985-86

15.9

12

1.6

0.9

1.2

 

Drafted by the Nets as the third overall pick in the 1981 draft, Charles Linwood Williams, better known as Buck Williams stepped in and immediately helped the team win 20 more games as a rookie earning Rookie of the year honors. If Derrick Favors, our rookie power forward chosen third overall in this last year’s draft, wanted to choose a blueprint for greatness then I think Buck is the only way to go. During his 8 seasons as a Net, Buck was a dominant force in this league; never averaging less than 12 rebounds per game. He also led the team to its first second round playoff appearance but more importantly to this post Buck is the first New Jersey Net to claim the title of a true NBA All Star.

He is the Nets All Time leader in (635) Games, (23100) Minutes Played, (3981) Field Goals, (7234) Field Goal Attempts, (2476) Free Throws, (3818) Free Throw Attempts, (2588) Offensive Rebounds, (4988) Defensive Rebounds, (7576) Total Rebounds, (10440) Points, and (11.9) Rebounds Per Game. During the course of his 17 year NBA career, Williams racked up more than 16,000 points and 13,000 rebounds — one of only seven NBA players to ever reach both marks. He is an ALL TIME great Net and his jersey number 52 was retired by the organization in 1999.

 

Otis Birdsong  (1984)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

1983-84

19.8

2.5

3.9

1.2

0.2

 

This 6’3" guard played seven seasons (1981-1988) for the Nets nabbing one of his total four NBA All Star appearances in 1985 during this tenure. Otis once said that the three certainties of life were "Death, taxes and my jump shot." I found that to be quite ironic considering he shot a lowly 19% from beyond the arc in his only All Star year as a member of the Nets. Even so, Otis Birdsong will always be remembered as a prolific scorer. He holds the honor of being the 12th-leading scorer in the history of college basketball and he averaged a solid 18 points per game for his NBA career. In March 2004, he got back into pro basketball as the president and general manager of the Arkansas RimRockers of the NBA Development League.

 

Micheal Ray Richardson (1985)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

1984-85

20

5.6

8.2

3

0.3

 

The infamous Micheal "Sugar" Ray Richardson was billed as "the next Walt Frazier" when he was drafted by the Knicks with the fourth overall pick in the 1978 draft, two picks Ahead of Larry Bird. He showed promise early on in his career by leading the league in both assist and steals in only his second year in the league. But from that point on, his career pretty much spiraled downward. Traded from the Knicks to the Warriors and then on to the Nets during the 1982-83 season, Sugar Ray had been to three drug clinics in five months and was waived by the Nets by season’s end. But the franchise took another chance with him and brought him back in the 1984 season in which he led the Nets in a shocking first round upset over the previous years champs, the Dr. Jay led Philadelphia 76ers.

Richardson was extremely versatile which he demonstrated by playing three different positions. He could manage the offense effectively as a pure point guard or simply take over a game with his scoring ability. Nevertheless, His drug problems would soon catch up to him once more when in 1986 he became the first player to be punished under the league's new anti-drug policy.  NBA commissioner, David Stern banned Richardson for life after Richardson violated the league's drug policy three times. Richardson's right to play in the NBA was restored in 1988, but he again would fail two cocaine tests in 1991. His fall from grace was the subject of the 2000 film narrated by Chris Rock entitled "Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray?".

 

Derrick Coleman (1994)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

1993-94

20.2

11.3

3.4

0.9

1.8

 

Derrick D. Coleman holds the honor of being the first Nets first overall draft pick to be selected as an All Star. Drafted in 1990 Coleman won NBA rookie of the year. He boasted the best years of his career as a Net averaging 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds during his time with the team.  Hopes were extremely high for Coleman when he was drafted and although the talent was there, his lack of work ethic, alcohol abuse, bad attitude and overall troublesome behavior kept him from reaching the pinnacle of his potential. Coleman never became the true elite player everyone thought that he would be. Sports Illustrated once remarked that "Coleman could have been the best power forward ever; instead he played just well enough to ensure his next paycheck." His injuries also hindered his excellence exhibited by the fact that he played in 70 or more games in only four of his fifteen year career. His behavior caused him to be traded away to the Philadelphia 76ers at the beginning of the 1995 – 1996 season for center Shawn Bradley.

 

Kenny Anderson (1994)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

1993-94

18.8

3.9

9.6

1.9

0.2

 

1994 marks the first time that the Nets organization had multiple selections for the NBA All Star Game as Kenny Anderson joined his troubled teammate Derrick Coleman. Kenny was selected by the Nets with the second overall pick in the 1991 Draft. Expectations were high on Anderson because of his collegiate and high school success. He is the only player in New York history to be named all-city all four years of high school and he led Georgia tech to a Final Four appearance in his freshman year. However, as the youngest player in the NBA at this time, he stumbled out of the gate in his rookie year averaging 7 points, 2 rebounds and 3.2 assist. Luckily for the Nets he doubled these figures in his sophomore year. This gives me a lot of optimism for our rookie power forward Derrick Favors. Who although has far from earned a bust label, he is not living up to the hype that surrounded him when drafted. Kenny Anderson’s career eventually plateaued and even though he played solidly he was traded to the Hornets in 1996. In March 2005, Anderson was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers, his ninth team, which ended his NBA career after 14 seasons, 10,789 points and 5,196 assists.

 

Jayson Williams (1998)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

1997-98

12.9

13.6

1.0

0.7

0.8

 

Another stain on the Nets' All Star resume would have to be Jayson Williams. Known as a hustling 6-10 forward/center, Jayson Williams provided valuable rebounding and defense as a popular, high-energy player. In the 1995-96 season Williams ranked tenth in the league in rebounding averaging 10 rebounds per game despite playing less than 24 minutes per game. In 1997-98 Williams became an All-Star for the first time in his eight-year career, ranking second in the NBA with 13.6 rebounds per game (first in offensive rebounds) and leading the young Nets to the playoffs. Unfortunately, Williams battled the injury plague his entire career and it resulted in his career being cut short when he retired from pro basketball in 1999. In his personal life Williams faced a multitude of issues involving DWI’s, bar fights, a tasering incident and the infamous Murder/Manslaughter charges in which he pled guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. 

 

Stephon Marbury (2001)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

2000 - 01

23.9

3.1

7.6

1.2

0.1

 

 

As a part of a three team trade during the 1998 -1999 lockout season Stephon Marbury became a New Jersey Net. While in New Jersey, Marbury made the All-NBA 3rd Team in 2000 and was selected for the 2001 All-Star Game, where he hit 2 clutch threes to win the game. Marbury also scored a career-high 50 points on February 13, 2001 in an overtime loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite his individual accolades, the Nets never made the playoffs during Marbury's time with the team.

Known more for his eccentric personality, Stephon has been named to The Sporting News list of "Good Guys in Sports" three times for his contributions to the Hurricane Katrina relief and his affordable shoe line, Starburys. He and Oscar Robertson are the only players in NBA history to have career averages of at least 20 points and 8 assists per game. 

 

 

Jason Kidd (2002, 2003, 2004, 2008)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

2001 - 02

14.7

7.3

9.9

2.1

0.2

2002 - 03

18.7

6.3

8.9

2.2

0.3

2003 - 04

15.5

6.4

9.2

1.8

0.2

2007 - 08

10.8

7.5

10.1

1.7

0.3

 

 

 

Although his words and actions since leaving the Nets during the 2007 - 08 season leads me to think that he doesn’t think so highly of us, Jason Kidd is quite possibly, in my opinion, the greatest player to wear the New Jersey Net uniform.  Jason might as well be considered a walking triple double every time he steps foot onto the court. He sits in the company with basketball gods as along with Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, Jason became the third player in NBA history to surpass the century mark in all time triple doubles. He also joined Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple playoff series.  Jason Kidd led the New Jersey Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances (2002 the first appearance in the franchise history and then again in 2003). He is the only player in NBA history to have at least 15,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists in his playing career.

On February 19th, 2008 Then Nets organization suffered a major setback as Kidd was traded back to the team that drafted him, The Dallas Mavericks. I was crushed by this news as I dreamed of seeing him retire as a Net and seeing his jersey hanging from the rafters in our arena for years to come. Jason Kidd currently holds multiple franchise records for the Nets including assist (4,620), steals (950), and three point field goals made (813) among others. Kidd also currently holds the record for most games played amongst active players as he continues to solidify his spot already reserved in The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

Kenyon Martin (2004)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

2003 - 04

16.7

9.5

2.5

1.5

1.3

 

 

Better known as K-Mart, Kenyon Lee Martin was selected first overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. Currently, Martin stands as the last American-born college senior to have been the top overall pick in the NBA draft. Kenyon was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In his second season, Martin helped the Nets rise from last place in the Atlantic Division to an Eastern Conference title and to the best record to date for the Nets organization. In the 2004 All-Star Game, Martin finished second on the East with 17 points, while recording seven rebounds and three assists. It’s fair to say that K-Mart has had the best years of his career playing for the Nets. Since he opted to sign with the Denver Nugget as a free agent in 2004, Martin has seen his career derailed by multiple injuries. Although he still maintains his trademark intensity and role as the defensive enforcer, it appears that he lacks the explosive athleticism that he had in his earlier in his career. 

 

 

Vince Carter (2005, 2006, 2007)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

2004 - 05

24.5

5.2

4.2

1.4

0.6

2005 - 06

24.2

5.8

4.3

1.2

0.7

2006 - 07

25.2

6.0

4.8

1.0

0.4

 

 

 

I couldn't decide which picture to use for our next New Jersey Net All Star, Vince Carter. One being the most outrageous, spectacular dunk I have ever seen in my life, "le dunk de la mort" ("the Dunk of Death") and the other being of him delivering monster slam in the Garden with New Jersey proudly emblazoned across his chest, so I had to use them both. On December 17, 2004, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two future first-round draft picks. As another former rookie of the year to play for the Nets, Carter was widely known for his ferocious dunks like the ones shown above and he put these to display in 2000 by winning the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Until 2006, Carter had perennially topped All-Star team voting since his sophomore season and was named an All Star for three consecutive years 2004 – 2007 as a member of the Nets organization.

In 2007, Vince Carter and Jason Kidd became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Carter finished with 46 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. Kidd finished with 10 points, 16 rebounds, and 18 assists. Carter's Triple Double is the second highest total for a triple double in NBA history, second only to Alvin Adams of the Phoenix Suns who totaled 47 points and 18 rebounds and 12 assists.

To truly show Carter’s worth to the Nets team we would have to look at the effects of him leaving. On June 25, 2009, the day of the NBA Draft, Carter was traded to his hometown-team, the Orlando Magic. That season without Carter the Nets ended up going 12-70, the worst record in franchise history. Carter currently holds the franchise record for most points scored in a single season (2,070) and is the first Net to score at least 2,000 points in team history.

 

 

 

Devin Harris (2009)

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ALL STAR YEAR

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

2008 - 09

21.3

3.3

6.9

1.7

0.2

 

As the only member of the current roster to ever make the All Star team it sure would be nice to see Harris’ arms raised up in victory as depicted above. On February 19th, 2008 Devin Harris was traded to the Nets and made an immediate impact on this team. In his Nets home game debut against the Milwaukee Bucks, he posted 21 points and five assists in less than 21 minutes. The year he arrived the team missed the playoffs for the first time in 7 years and Devin committed himself to being a bigger offensive threat in the off season. The following year Devin posted a career high of 38 points in November only to better that mark with 47 points by month’s end. From that point on it was clear that although the nets lost a great player in Jason Kidd, the Player they player they received was going to be great as well. On December 19, 2008 the Dallas Mavericks paid their first visit to the Nets’ Izod center since the trade between the two teams occurred. Harris posted 41 points and a season-high 13 assists in a blowout victory against his former team. Towards the end of the game, Nets fans were chanting "Thank you Cuban!" as the Mavs owner sat courtside. That season Harris was selected to participate in the NBA All Star Game. So Net Nation I ask you to remember moments like this, before we suggest trading our only All Star on this great franchise.

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