The New Jersey Nets’ all-time assist leaders are topped by one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. Jason Kidd, who remains active with the Mavs in his 17th season, spent seven years with the Nets en route to becoming not only the franchise leader, but the NBA’s active assist champion.
5. Vince Carter: 1,762 assists
Eight-time All-Star swingman Vince Carter ranks fifth on the list of New Jersey Nets’ all-time assist leaders. After becoming one of the NBA’s most iconic players in Toronto, Carter spent five seasons with the Nets from 2004 to 2009. He averaged more than four assists per game in each season, topping out with 5.1 per game in 2007-08. In 374 games, he averaged 23.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists with the Nets. Far more of a scorer than a distributor, Carter’s 19,588 points are the eighth most among active NBA players.
4. Darwin Cook: 1,970 assists
Former part-time point guard Darwin Cook is fourth on the New Jersey Nets’ all-time assist leaders list. Cook played for the Nets in the 1980s, amassing 464 games primarily as a backup. He averaged 4.2 assists for his tenure and hit a career-high with 5.5 per game in 1982-83. Cook left his biggest mark on the defensive end of the floor by averaging 1.9 per game with the Nets.
3. Kenny Anderson: 2,363 assists
All-Star point guard Kenny Anderson began his career in New Jersey and became one of the Nets’ all-time assist leaders. Anderson played the best basketball of his career in New Jersey from 1991 to 1996. He averaged more than nine assists per game twice with overall averages of 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 1.6 steals for the Nets. Anderson played until 2005 and totaled more than 5,000 assists before his retirement.
2. Bill Melchionni: 3,044 assists
Three-time ABA All-Star Bill Melchionni remains second on the list of New Jersey Nets’ all-time assist leaders. Melchionni spent seven years with the Nets while they were an ABA franchise and he was one of the top point guards in the rival league. He twice led the ABA in assists with averages of 8.3 in 1970-71 and 8.4 in 1971-72. Melchionni helped the Nets win two ABA Championships with overall averages of 12.4 points and 6.1 assists. His 3,044 assists in the ABA was the third highest total in league history.
1. Jason Kidd: 4,620 assists
The New Jersey Nets’ all-time assist leader is active ten-time All-Star Jason Kidd. In seven seasons with the Nets, Kidd led the franchise to its most successful era as an NBA franchise. Kidd led the Nets their only two appearances in the NBA Finals. He has led the NBA in assists five times including twice with New Jersey. In 506 games with the Nets, Kidd averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 9.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. His career total of 10,987 assists places him second in NBA history behind only legendary floor general John Stockton. Kidd is also the Nets’ all-time steals leader with 950 swipes.
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