Paul Pierce, SF (2013-2014)
Paul Pierce only played one season for the Nets, but started 68 games and provided great veteran leadership to a developing team. He also averaged 13.5 points per game, and was money behind the three-point line, shooting 37.3 percent. At 36-years-old, Pierce had a higher field goal percentage with Brooklyn, 45.1 percent than in any of the 18 years that made up his Hall of Fame career.
After battling with him for so many years as an Atlantic Division rival with Boston, it was nice for the Nets to have him on their side for a bit. Pierce came over in the infamous trade that sent three future first-round picks to the Celtics, in exchange for Pierce, and the other forward of this all-time Brooklyn team.
Kevin Garnett, PF, (2013-2015)
Kevin Garnett was the other long-time Celtics player involved in the blockbuster trade. While he didn’t play very long in Brooklyn, either, KG is still the best power forward in Brooklyn history. At 37, Garnet wasn’t the offensive force he was in his prime, but still brought veteran leadership and a tough mentality that he passed on to his teammates.
A player called “dirty” by many NBA fans, KG hit the boards and drove the Nets to become a more physical team. Garnett started all 96 games he was available, and always played tough defense.
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Brook Lopez, C, (2012-2017)
Brook Lopez, like Williams, is perhaps one of the greatest players in Nets franchise history, not just Brooklyn history. He was exceptional in Brooklyn blocking everything that got in his way. Lopez finished his Brooklyn career averaging 1.8 blocks per game,19.5 points per game and made the 20212-13 All-Star team.
He came into his own as an outside shooter as well in his last year with a 34.6 percent success rate from three. It improved him as a player, but he was always someone who could be effective and contribute on offense, despite not being the most consistent rebounder.
None of these players are on the Brooklyn Nets anymore. It’s only a matter of time before we’ll be considering the more modern Nets players like Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Spencer Dinwiddie to take some of these spots.