Top Nine Nets point guards

On Thursday, Jason Kidd will have his No. 5 retired by the Brooklyn Nets; it's the ultimate team honor for any NBA player, and the new coach will become just the seventh man in franchise history to have his jersey raised to the rafters of Barclays Center.

Kidd is of course one of the greatest point guards in NBA history, so this would be a well-deserved honor for him from any of the teams he played for - but where does he rank in Nets lore alone? The answer to that debate is likely to be anywhere between No. 1 and No. 3 depending on who you ask…but as this feature is called The Niner, we've expanded to give you a list of who we surmised are the Top 9 point men in Nets history - and as a spoiler alert, Kidd is in the Top 3.

As a caveat, we remind you that these rankings are based on the body of work with the Nets alone, so someone like Maurice Cheeks - who had a great career but only played 35 games with the Nets - probably won't make it, while other rankings might seem a little skewed.

Still, whether you agree or disagree with where we rank J-Kidd, D-Will, Starbury, or anyone else on (or not on) this list, make your voice heard in the comments section below!

  • Sam Cassell
    Cassell was already a two-time NBA champ when he came to Jersey in 1997 in the deal that sent Jim Jackson to Dallas, and he averaged 19.5 points and 7.6 assists per game in 102 contests before being sent to Milwaukee in the 1999 deal that netted New Jersey one Stephon Marbury.
  • Mookie Blaylock
    Mookie would see most of his success with Atlanta, but after being drafted No. 12 overall in 1989 by the Nets, he averaged 12.6 points (on 40 percent shooting) and 5.7 assists in three years in Jersey and was in the NBA's Top 10 in steals in two of those three years.
  • Kenny Anderson
    Anderson was the No. 2 overall pick by the Nets in 1991, and while it took him most of his rookie year to get in the flow, he still ended up as one of the top dime-droppers in the game (averaging 9.1 assists per game from 1992-93 to 1994-95) before being traded to Charlotte during the 1995-96 season.
  • Devin Harris
    You may know Harris as "the guy the Nets got for Kidd" or "the guy they traded for D-Will," but we choose to remember him as the gap-bridging guard who averaged 17.7 points and 6.9 assists over three calendar years and made the 2009 All-Star team from a 34-48 squad.
  • Michael Ray Richardson
    The truncation of Richardson's career is perhaps one of the NBA's biggest tales of squandered talent, but he ranged from solid to spectacular during his final three-plus seasons in New Jersey, with his 1984-85 All-Star campaign (20.1 points, 8.2 assists, league-best 3.0 steals per game) his magnum opus.
  • Stephon Marbury
    "Starbury" came home in the aforementioned 1999 trade, and for two-plus seasons, he remained one of the game's elite point guards, dropping 23 points and 8.1 assists per game and making the 2001 All-Star team before being part of the package that brought Jason Kidd to Jersey that summer.
  • Bill Melchionni
    Last week, we decided not to include ABA trades in our Nets Niner….but since Melchionni played for the Sixers before joining the then-ABA powerhouse Nets, twice led the ABA in assists, helped the Nets win two ABA titles and was the franchise's second retired number, we figured we'd make an exception here.
  • Deron Williams
    Even with the caveat that we take only Nets body of work, D-Will comes in at No. 2; in just two-plus seasons and 145 games in Jersey and Brooklyn, he's averaged 18.1 points and 8.5 assists, made an All-Star team, and led the Nets to a playoff berth. Like we said last week: so far, so good!
  • Jason Kidd
    Of course, we have to give coach some dap and drop him at No. 1 once again. Nets fans these days surely hope that someday, D-Will is in position to overtake J-Kidd, but as of 2013, you can't argue with two Finals appearances and a big revitalization of the franchise. comments