The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the most fascinating teams in the NBA in recent memory. The Nets were originally founded in 1967 in the old ABA. Throughout their history, the Nets have won their division six times, twice in the ABA, four times in the NBA. Their last division title came in 2006, which was ironically their fourth division title in five years. That was one of the best eras in franchise history, one in which the team featured one of the best perimeters in basketball history- Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, and Richard Jefferson. In addition, the Nets have won the Eastern Conference two times- 2002, and 2003. Also the Nets have two old school ABA Championships to their name, 1974, and 1976.
After falling down for a while, the Nets have recently become one of those teams who have attempted to “buy” a championship. In the 2013 offseason, the Nets mortgaged their future in a trade that sent numerous draft choices and young players to the Nets in exchange for aging legends Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. That move ended in utter failure and neither play for the Nets anymore. Team owner Mikhail Prokhorov has put the Nets up for sale. Stay tuned, this could get entertaining.
The Brooklyn Nets had an unremarkable 2015-2016 season. The Nets finished the year with a record of 21-61, good for the third worst record in the NBA overall. Usually teams that finish at the bottom of the league have a high draft choice to look forward too. That’s not the case for the Nets. Several years ago, in one of the most “head scratching” moves in sports history, the Nets traded their future essentially, for aging stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The move ended in epic failure as it got the Nets nowhere and the Celtics ended up with the Nets draft choice this season, which was third overall.
The Nets did swing a trade to acquire the Pacers first round draft choice though. Small forward Caris LeVert from Michigan is now on the team. The Nets did very little in free agency, adding to their woeful season. To make matters worse, the Nets and Celtics will swap first round draft choices next year, and again in 2018, the Celtics will once again receive the Nets first round draft choice. So far this season the Nets are off to a 7-22 start, and it's not looking to great in Brooklyn right now.