Over the last 35 years since the Nets have been in New Jersey. Their have been certain teams that broke through the mediocrity that has plagued this historic franchise in this period of time. Here are the FIVE best Nets teams that have played in the Garden State in the past three plus decades.
1. 2003-04 Nets.
Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson & Kenyon Martin lead this incredible team to their second straight NBA Finals appearance. The defending Eastern Conference Champs beat the Bucks, Celtics and Pistons on their way to a heartbreaking lost in the NBA Finals to the Spurs in six games.
2. 2002-03 Nets.
After trading Stephon Marbury to Phoenix for Jason Kidd. Head Coach Byron Scott lead the Nets past the Indiana Pacers & Charlotte Hornets. The Nets then went onto win a memorable six game series against the Boston Celtics including coming back from a 10-point halftime deficit in the closing game. The Nets went onto to get swept by the L.A. Lakers in NBA Finals.
3. 1983-84 Nets.
Micheal Ray Richardson, Darryl Dawkins & Buck Williams defeated the defending NBA champion 76ers in the 1st round to give the Nets their first playoff series win in New Jersey. The Nets we’re beaten by the Bucks in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
4. 1991-92 Nets.
Kenny Anderson, Derrick Coleman & Drazen Petrovic formed a explosive scoring combination which propelled the Nets to their first playoff appearance since the 1985-86 season. The Nets lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs to the Cleveland Cavaliers three games to one.
5. 1992-93 Nets.
In his 1st season with the Nets. Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly guided this team to the sixth seed in the NBA playoffs. The Nets lost again in the 1st round to the Cavaliers in a close five game series. This year was significant because during the off-season. Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident in Germany and Daly’s retirement followed after the 1993-94 season.
I know that most NBA fans view the Nets as a hapless franchise in New Jersey. Yet, I like to remind those people of the successful teams that have played in the Meadowlands, Izod Center, Brendan Byrne Arena, Continental Airlines Arena & Prudential Center over the last 35 years.
Thanks for the Memories!
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Written by Mark Cook