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Top Nine Nets trades

The Brooklyn Nets of October 2013 look a lot different than the ones of six months ago, in large part thanks to the blockbuster trade that brought Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry into the black-and-white fold.

That shapes up, at least on paper, to be a move that can propel the Nets from mid-range playoff contender to legitimate NBA Finals contender - but as you know, a lot can happen between now and April.

It will take a while to see just how bringing in KG, JET, "The Truth" and AK-47 will help the Nets evolve, but the nine trades below are proven past instances of how a big acquisition has propelled the team forward.

We do, however, have to put one disclaimer on this Niner: we've only included trades from the NBA era, which means that the 1970 acquisition of Rick Barry and his unique free throws - or, perhaps, that little 1973 deal for some guy named Dr. J - won't be on the list.

  • No (Bird)song and dance
    In June 1981, the Nets traded budding power forward Cliff Robinson to the Kings for guard Otis Birdsong. Otis made two All-Star teams in his seven years in Jersey, where he could've been originally - because the Kings drafted him in 1977 with a pick they got from the Nets in a trade for Tiny Archibald.
  • The Croatian sensation
    A benchwarmer in Portland, Drazen Petrovic came to Jersey in a January 1991 deal and became a star, averaging 19.5 points per game while shooting 44 percent on threes over two-plus seasons. He was sadly killed in a car accident in 1993, but his No. 3 will always hang from the rafters in Barclays Center.
  • A Star-bury is born
    They weren't in his native borough just yet, but Stephon Marbury was happy to come "home" when the Nets acquired him from Minnesota in a three-team deal in March 1999. He lasted just two full seasons, but was an All-Star in 2001 before being flipped to Phoenix for one Jason Kidd.
  • Tooting a new Horn
    Keith Van Horn was the No. 2 overall pick by the 76ers in 1997…but two days later, KVH was part of an eight-player deal that sent him to the Nets, where he averaged 18.2 points and 7.4 boards per game over five seasons before being flipped back to Philly for Dikembe Mutombo in 2002.
  • Catching lightning with "Chocolate Thunder"
    Talk about a steal: in August 1982, the Nets acquired notorious rim-rocker Darryl Dawkins from Philly for a 1983 first-round pick; the Sixers used that pick on Leo Rautins (who played all of 32 NBA games), while Dawkins spent five years in Jersey and helped the team to four consecutive playoff appearances.
  • Vin-sanity runs wild
    The Nets gave up a lot to get Vince Carter from Toronto in December 2004, but the three players and two first-round picks were worth it, as Carter averaged 23.6 points per game in five seasons - upping that to 26 PPG in 27 playoff games - and led the Nets to the postseason three times.
  • Everyone's right-hand man
    Drafted No. 13 overall by Houston in 2001, Richard Jefferson was flipped to Jersey (along with Jason Collins) later on draft night for Eddie Griffin. Six playoff appearances, two Finals, and 17.4 points per game later, he left as more than just a "complement" for Carter and Jason Kidd.
  • Where there's a D-Will, there's a way
    Many pundits dissed or dismissed the move when the then-hapless Nets sent two players and two first-round picks to Utah for Deron Williams in February 2011…but D-Will was an All-Star in 2012-13, then was the leader of the Nets' resurgence after last year's move to Brooklyn. So far, so good!
  • No Kidd-ing
    What else could be the No. 1 trade in team history over the acquisition of then four-time All-Star Jason Kidd from Phoenix in July 2001? Kidd spent six-plus years in Jersey, making five All-Star teams and two NBA Finals, and is now back to try to do the same as Brooklyn's new head coach.
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