Brooklyn Nets: 10 best players from 1st NBA decade (1976-86)
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By Phil Watson

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – MAY 1984: Buck Williams #52 of the New Jersey Nets shoots during the 1984 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks in May 1984 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn Nets have had 4 different names, 8 home courts and 468 players in 51 seasons across 2 leagues. Here are their 10 best players from 1976-86.

The Brooklyn Nets have been around 51 seasons as a franchise, but just the last six as the “Brooklyn Nets.” The first nine seasons were spent in the old American Basketball Association prior to the merger of the ABA and NBA in 1976.

When the Nets came into the NBA, optimism was sky high. And why wouldn’t it have been? The New York Nets had just won the last ABA title, had won two of the last three ABA championships in all and were led by Julius Erving, who won or shared the last three ABA MVP awards.

The Nets, along with the other ABA survivors (the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs) owed $3 million to the NBA as part of the merger...



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