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The New Jersey Nets were a National Basketball Association team in Piscataway, New Jersey, East Rutherford, New Jersey and Newark, New Jersey. The franchise was founded in 1967-68 in the American Basketball Association, originally playing as the New Jersey Americans. The team became the New York Nets in 1968-69 and joined the National Basketball Association in 1976-77. The team became the New Jersey Nets in 1977-78 and finally the Brooklyn Nets in 2012-13.

Historical Overview

Name League Primary Venue Municipality Start End
Brooklyn Nets National Basketball Association Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York 2012-13
New Jersey Nets Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey 2010-11 2011-12
Meadowlands Arena East Rutherford, New Jersey 1981-82 2009-10
Rutgers Athletic Center Piscataway, New Jersey 1977-78 1980-81
New York Nets NYCB LIVE East Garden City, New York 1976-77 1976-77
American Basketball Association 1971-72 1975-76
Island Garden (1957) Garden City South, New York 1969-70 1971-72
Long Island Arena Commack, New York 1968-69 1968-69
New Jersey Americans Soccer Coliseum at Teaneck Armory Teaneck, New Jersey 1967-68 1967-68
New Jersey Freighters 1967-68 DNP
New York Freighters None secured Manhattan, New York 1967-68 DNP

Trophy Case

  • National Basketball Association Championships: 0
  • Eastern Conference Championships: 2 (2001-02, 2002-03)
  • Atlantic Division Championships: 4 (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06)
  • Playoff Berths: 16 (1978-79, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07)

Seasons and Venues

Season Win Loss GB Finish Postseason Venues
National Basketball Association
1977-78 24 58 31 5th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1978-79 37 45 17 3rd in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 2-0 (best-of-three) Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey (40 regular season games + one postseason game)
Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, New Jersey (one regular season game)
1979-80 34 48 27 5th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1980-81 24 58 38 5th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1981-82 44 38 19 3rd in Atlantic Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Washington Bullets 2-0 (best-of-three) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1982-83 49 33 16 3rd in Atlantic Division
4th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 2-0 (best-of-three) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1983-84 45 37 17 4th in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Philadelphia 76ers 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1984-85 42 40 21 3rd in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Detroit Pistons 3-0 (best-of-five) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1985-86 39 43 28 3rd in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Milwaukee Bucks 3-0 (best-of-five) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1986-87 24 58 35 4th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1987-88 19 63 38 5th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1988-89 26 56 26 5th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1989-90 17 65 36 6th in Atlantic Division
13th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1990-91 26 56 30 5th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1991-92 40 42 11 3rd in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1 (best-of-five) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1992-93 43 39 17 3rd in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Cleveland Cavaliers 3-2 (best-of-five) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1993-94 45 37 12 3rd in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by New York Knickerbockers 3-1 (best-of-five) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1994-95 30 52 27 5th in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1995-96 30 52 27 6th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
1996-97 26 56 35 5th in Atlantic Division
13th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (40 regular season games)
Tōkyō Dōmu, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to (one regular season game)
1997-98 43 39 12 3rd in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 3-0 (best-of-five) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1999 16 34 17 7th in Atlantic Division
14th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (25 regular season games)
1999-2000 31 51 21 6th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
2000-01 26 56 30 6th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
2001-02 52 30 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Indiana Pacers 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated Charlotte Hornets 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + 11 postseason games)
2002-03 49 33 0 1st in Atlantic Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Detroit Pistons 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + 10 postseason games)
2003-04 47 35 0 1st in Atlantic Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated New York Knickerbockers 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Detroit Pistons 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
2004-05 42 40 3 3rd in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Miami HEAT 4-0 (best-of-seven) Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2005-06 49 33 0 1st in Atlantic Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Indiana Pacers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Miami HEAT 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
2006-07 41 41 6 2nd in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated Toronto Raptors 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
2007-08 34 48 32 4th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
2008-09 34 48 28 3rd in Atlantic Division
11th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
2009-10 12 70 38 5th in Atlantic Division
15th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (41 regular season games)
2010-11 24 58 32 4th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey (39 regular season games)
The O₂ Arena, Greenwich, Greater London (two regular season games)
2011-12 22 44 17 5th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey (33 regular season games)