Jason Kidd, Head Coach (2013-2014)
Every team needs a coach, our choice is Jason Kidd. He was only the coach of the Nets for one season, as he moved on to Milwaukee right after. But the team had their best year under his short leadership.
Brooklyn made it to the Eastern Conference semi-finals. They beat the number three-seeded, Atlantic Division rival Toronto, along the way. The team was really starting to gel together and it looked like the start of something huge until Kidd took the Bucks job.
It may have been short-lived, but Kidd’s impact as a coach on the Nets and the optimism that Brooklyn fans felt during his tenure will not be forgotten.
D’Angelo Russell, Sixth Man (2017-2019)
Last year’s playoff team will also be remembered as one of the most exciting times in Brooklyn Nets history. D’Angelo Russell was at the forefront their run to the postseason. The team played very well together, but Russell took his game to the next level.
The young guard clicked with what then-coach Kenny Atkinson was trying to accomplish. One may even argue that Atkinson would still have a job with the Nets if Russell was still on the team.
In 2018-19, he scored 21.1 points and dished out 7.0 assists per game. Russell was efficient, shooting 36.9% from three, and 43.4% in total. He was rewarded for his efforts with a trip to the All-Star game and earned a max contract.
Things haven’t gone as well this year for Russell this season as a member of both the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. Whatever he was doing with Brooklyn worked. He lifted a franchise that was falling apart prior to his arrival.