Yesterday I kicked off a series in which I’ll be looking at each of 29 NBA franchises (excluding the Charlotte Bobcats) and determining each team’s All-time starting lineup. First up were (coincidentally, but deservedly) the Boston Celtics, as storied and legendary an organization as there’s been in the NBA, and a franchise whose fingerprints can be found through the pages of NBA history. Today, the New Jersey Nets. Yikes. Sorry Jersey, but if yesterday was a Smith & Wollensky porterhouse, today’s leftover cold-cuts.
Sadly, with the notable and fleeting exception of the Jason Kidd era just after the turn of the last century, the Nets’ history is chock-full of mediocrity and irrelevance, with the franchise’s most noteworthy “accomplishment” being the atrocious 12-win 2009-10 season. And while the emergence of Brook Lopez as an elite big man, combined with the ambition and seemingly endless wealth of new owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, provide optimism for the future, the franchise’s present remains grim after a fruitless free agency period. This is anything but a "storied" history.