The Brooklyn Nets began their existence in the now-defunct American Basketball Association (ABA), where they won two titles under the leadership of "Dr. J" Julius Erving in the mid-'70s. After their move to the NBA during the league merger, the Nets would go on to make 16 playoff appearances, win four division championships and reach the NBA Finals twice.
Most fans will agree that the team had an impressive postseason run during the mid '80s and early '90s, thanks to the steady play of forward Buck Williams, point guard Kenny Anderson and forward Derrick Coleman. However, despite the fact that it regularly qualified for the playoffs, the squad never broke through to the conference finals in those years.
The Nets' fortune changed during the early 2000s when they assembled a talented roster that featured point guard Jason Kidd and forwards Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson. The team also made back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, but sadly was unable to bring a title back to New Jersey.
A number of Hall of Famers, such as Drazen Petrovic, Bob McAdoo and Nate Archibald, dominated in the paint for the Nets during the twilight of their careers. These key players are also revered by fans for springing the Nets into playoff contention. The Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn beginning with the 2012-13 season.
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