Brooklyn Nets, American professional basketball crew situated in Brooklyn, New York, that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As an individual from the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Nets won two titles (1974, 1976).
The establishment was established in 1967 and was known as the New Jersey Americans during its first season. The group started playing its home recreations on Long Island in the 1968–69 season, which drove the group to change its name to the New York Nets. While they progressed to the ABA finals in 1971–72, the Nets neglected to complete higher than third spot in any of their initial six seasons.
In 1973 the group exchanged for whiz forward Julius Erving, who immediately turned the establishment around and drove it to a 25-win enhancement for its past season in his first year in New York. The Nets won the ABA title that season, and Erving drove the group to a moment title in 1975–76. At the point when the ABA converged with the NBA in 1976, the Nets were compelled to bring $8 million up in request to join the set up group. Lacking numerous suitable resources, the group sold Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers, and its fortunes immediately turned for the more regrettable: the group had five straight losing seasons after joining the NBA (however they qualified for the playoffs in 1979 with a 37–45 record).
The establishment came back to New Jersey in 1977. In 1981 the Nets moved into their new home in the Meadowlands (having played the past four seasons on the home floor of the Rutgers University basketball crew), procured Larry Brown as their head mentor (he left after two seasons), and drafted power forward Buck Williams. A diligent rebounder, Williams was named Rookie of the Year and drove the Nets to their first NBA winning record during the 1981–82 season. The Nets equipped for the playoffs that year and in every one of the following four, however just once did they win a postseason arrangement during that range, in 1984 when they knocked off the protecting NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers.
After a five-season dry spell the Nets came back to the playoffs in 1991–92, with a promising youthful group highlighting monitors Kenny Anderson and Dražen Petrović, just as forward Derrick Coleman. In any case, this Nets squad was fixed by Petrović's abrupt demise in an auto collision in 1993 and a spate of trouble making and conflicting play by Anderson and Coleman that brought about a close total list turnover before the finish of the 1995–96 season, subsequent to creating three first-round postseason ends in the mid 1990s.
New Jersey had one all the more winning season through the rest of the decade and started the 2000s by completing second to toward the end in their division. In 2001 the Nets exchanged for point monitor Jason Kidd, who in a split second renewed the group and drove them to a 26-win improvement from their 2000–01 record in his first year in New Jersey. Behind the play of Kidd and forward Richard Jefferson, the Nets won the Eastern Conference title and progressed to the NBA finals in both 2001–02 and 2002–03, yet they lost each time. The Nets came back to the playoffs in every one of the accompanying four seasons, however their dimension of play sharply tumbled off before long, and the group's 12–70 record in 2009–10 was the most exceedingly awful in establishment history.
In 2012 the group—which at that point was possessed by a gathering of speculators that included prominent figures, for example, Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z—moved to Brooklyn with an end goal to gain by New York's bigger media advertise and social cachet. A remade and revived Nets group posted a 49–33 record in 2012–13 however lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs. In the accompanying off-season the Nets exchanged for All-Star veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and contracted the as of late resigned Kidd to fill in as head mentor, however the group attempted to satisfy its elevated standards from the get-go in the 2013–14 season. In any case, one imperative occasion of that season went ahead February 23, 2014, when the group marked free operator Jason Collins, who, by playing in Brooklyn's down that night, turned into the primary transparently gay competitor to partake in any of the four noteworthy North American group activities. Collins was a piece of a revitalized Nets squad that was among the alliance's best in the second 50% of the period, and the group completed its turbulent customary season with a postseason billet. Kidd constrained an uncommon mentor exchange to the Milwaukee Bucks in the accompanying off-season and, after the takeoffs of Pierce and Garnett in 2014 and 2015, individually, the exhausted Nets before long ended up one of the most exceedingly terrible groups in the NBA. In spite of having managed away a large number of their first-round draft picks of the 2010s in the 2013 Garnett and Pierce exchange (an exchange that numerous sportswriters marked as one of the most exceedingly terrible in NBA history), the Nets still figured out how to assemble a focused youthful program that out of the blue came back to the playoffs in the 2018–19 season (a first-round misfortune).