Brooklyn Nets: 10 best Nets from 3rd NBA decade (1996-2006)
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By Phil Watson

SAN ANTONIO – JUNE 6: Jason Kidd #5 and Richard Jefferson #24 of the New Jersey Nets walk to the bench in Game two of the 2003 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at SBC Center on June 6, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. The Nets won 87-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The franchise now known as the Brooklyn Nets found its greatest success in its 3rd NBA decade from 1996-2006. Here are the 10 best players from that period.

The Brooklyn Nets franchise was still known as the New Jersey Nets as it entered its third decade in the NBA for the 1996-97 season.

The 10 years ahead would be the most successful in the franchise’s time since joining the NBA as part of its merger with the American Basketball Association in 1976.

Among the firsts the Nets would achieve in the 1996-2006 period included the team’s first 50-win season in the NBA, its first division title in the NBA (both in 2001-02) and its first appearance in the NBA Finals...



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