- NBA Championships: 0
- Last NBA Championship: N/A
- Claim to Fame: The Nets made back-to-back Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
- Claim to Shame: The Nets gave up five players and three future first round picks for aging veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry back in 2014.
The Nets began in the ABA in 1967, when they were the New Jersey Americans. They would move to Long Island in 1968, and were renamed the New York Nets.
Led by Julius Erving, the Nets won a pair of ABA Championships before the franchise shifted to the NBA in 1976, and took up residence in New Jersey.
The Nets enjoyed just six winning seasons until the year 2000. Their fortunes changed the following year when the Nets traded point guard Stephon Marbury to the Suns in exchange for Jason Kidd.
Kidd led the Nets to two straight Finals appearances (and five straight winning seasons overall), losing to the Shaq-Kobe Lakers in 2002 and the Tim Duncan-led Spurs in 2003.
In 2012, the team announced they were moving back to New York and would play in Brooklyn. After their first season in their new surroundings, the team made a trade for 37-year-old Kevin Garnett and 36-year-old Paul Pierce from the Celtics.
In exchange, the Nets gave up and handful of players, but most notably, three first round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018), as well as the right to swap picks in 2017. It is still considered one of the worst trades in NBA history.
The on-court product was disjointed, ending up with a second-round loss to the Miami Heat in 2013. Pierce and Garnett were gone shortly after.
The front office of Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson have done their best to cobble together a competitive roster in subsequent years with no draft pick help.
They finished 28-54 last season, but it marked an end to that crippling trade with Boston. Going forward, the Nets can finally use their own draft picks and cap space to better their roster.
Coupled with some promising prospects, including D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the Nets will use this year to improve their system, with an eye on the summer of 2019, looking to reload in free agency and find their way back into contention.