One of the ABA’s most successful franchise and a member of the NBA since 1976, the New Jersey Nets have been in existence since 1968. The Nets have enjoyed brilliant performances by legendary players including Julius Erving and Rick Barry, though only one player was with the team long enough to score 10,000 points. The New Jersey Nets’ all-time leading scorers include recent All-Stars Jason Kidd and Vince Carter.
5. John Williamson: 7,202 points
A member of the Nets’ two ABA Championship teams, guard John Williamson ranks fifth among the New Jersey Nets’ all-time leading scorers. Williamson played three full seasons and three partial seasons with the Nets as he holds the unique distinction of having been traded by the team twice. In 1977-78, he was traded to the Nets at midseason and had his most prolific scoring stint with 29.5 points in 33 games with the team. For the duration of his stays with the franchise, Williamson averaged 17.8 points in 405 games.
4. Jason Kidd: 7,373 points
Jason Kidd is one of the NBA’s greatest play-makers and one of the New Jersey Nets’ all-time leading scorers. Kidd spent seven of his prime years in New Jersey and led the Nets to their most successful run in the NBA. In his first two seasons in New Jersey, Kidd averaged 17.0 points and 9.6 assists to lead the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals, their first two appearances in the NBA’s championship series. Still active with the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd has scored more than 16,000 points in his career and his 10,923 assist, 2,343 steals, and 1,662 threes each rank in the top five ever in NBA history.
3. Richard Jefferson: 8,507 points
Athletic forward Richard Jefferson ranks third on the New Jersey Nets’ all-time leading scorers list. Jefferson was traded to the Nets on draft day 2001 and he spent his first seven seasons with the franchise. He averaged more than 15 points per game in each of his last six seasons and more than 20 twice at a Net. Jefferson’s lifetime averages in New Jersey finished at 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. Now a member of the Spurs, since leaving New Jersey he has surpassed the 10,000 point mark for his career.
2. Vince Carter: 8,834 points
One of the most recent stars of the franchise, All-Star swingman Vince Carter ranks second among the New Jersey Nets’ all-time leading scorers. After establishing himself as a superstar in Toronto, Carter was shipped to New Jersey in midseason 2004-05. He averaged 27.5 points in his first half season with the Nets. Carter was named an All-Star in each of his first three years in New Jersey with a combined average over 25 points per game; he has made eight All-Star appearances in his career as a whole. Through 12 NBA seasons, he has scored 19,498 points and he is likely to pass the 20,000 point mark in 2010-11 with the Magic.
1. Buck Williams: 10,440 points
The New Jersey Nets’ all-time leading scorer is the longest-tenured player in franchise history, Buck Williams. Williams began his 17-year NBA career by winning the 1982 NBA Rookie of the Year Award with averages of 15.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He spent his first eight seasons with the Nets while earning three All-Star appearances and two of his four All-Defensive Team selections. Williams averaged more than 15 points per game in all but his final season in New Jersey, topping out at 18.3 in 1987-88. Spending his last nine years in Portland, Williams totaled 16,784 points in his career and became one of the NBA’s top 15 rebounders of all-time.
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New Jersey Nets Player Register. Basketball-Reference.com