New Jersey Nets’ Career Point Scoring Leaders
The Nets began play as an ABA franchise in 1968 as the New Jersey Americans. They became the New York Nets in 1969, stayed the New York Nets when the ABA merged with the NBA in 1977, and then became the New Jersey Nets in 1978. They have been in Jersey since, playing their home games at the Meadowlands, and while the franchise has two titles as an ABA team, they have never won it all as an NBA franchise. The Nets have, however, had some very good years, and put some really great players on the court. Here is a short list of the Nets’ all-time leading scorers to date:
Buck Williams (10,440)—Forward/center Buck Williams began his career in New Jersey, playing there from 1981 to 1989, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 10,440 points scored. Williams’ best season was 1984-85, when he scored a career best 1491 points (18 per game), boasting a very high 53% field goal percentage.
Vince Carter (8834)—Guard/forward Vince Carter played for the Nets from 2004 to 2009, and over that short time amassed 8834 total points, to rank second in Nets’ franchise history. Carter had his highest point total (2107) with the Toronto Raptors, but his best season in New Jersey wasn’t bad either. That was 2006-07, when Carter scored 2070 points (25 points per game).
Richard Jefferson (8507)—Forward Richard Jefferson began his career in New Jersey and played there from 2001 to 2008 before moving on to Milwaukee and now San Antonio as I write this in 2010. Jefferson ranks third in Nets’ history with 8507 points, and his best season was 2007-08, when he scored a career best 1857 points (23 per game).
Jason Kidd (7373)—Guard Jason Kidd also played for the Nets from 2001 to 2008, and he ranks fourth in franchise history with 7373 total points. Kidd’s best offensive season came with New Jersey in 2002-03, when he scored a career high 1495 points (19 points per game). That season, Kidd also led the NBA in assists with 711.
John Williamson (7202)—Guard John Williamson played for the Nets in the ABA and NBA from 1973 to 1977 and then again from 1977 to 1980. Williamson ranks fifth in team history with 7202 total points, and his best season was 1977-78, when he played for both New Jersey and Indiana. That year, Williamson scored a career best 1777 points (24 per game). But his best season with one team was in 1978-79 with the Nets, when Williamson racked up 1643 points (22 points per game).
Note: Julius Erving, a.k.a. “Dr. J.,” ranks just sixth in Nets’ history with 7104 points, but that’s only because he played for them for a few short years. Erving was, however, the biggest reason the Nets of the mid-70’s won those two titles.