List of Brooklyn Nets seasons

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This is a list of seasons completed by the Brooklyn Nets professional basketball franchise. The Nets were founded as the New Jersey Americans in 1967, a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA). A year later, the team moved to Long Island, New York, and were renamed as the New York Nets. There, behind the play of Hall of Famer Julius Erving, the team won its only two ABA championships: in 1974 and 1976. After the 1975–76 season, the ABA merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Nets were one of four franchises who joined the older league. After a season of being the second team to represent the state of New York, (along with the New York Knicks), the team moved back to New Jersey as the New Jersey Nets.

In the NBA, the Nets have experienced only one period of sustained success, from 2001–02 to 2006–07, when led by Jason Kidd they played in the postseason every year and twice reached the NBA Finals, but lost against Shaquille O'Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers and then Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs. After thirty-five seasons in New Jersey, owner Mikhail Prokhorov moved the team to the New York City borough of Brooklyn to become the Brooklyn Nets.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Postseason Awards
New Jersey Americans
1967–68 ABA Eastern 4th[1] 36 42 .456 18
New York Nets
1968–69 ABA Eastern 5th 17 61 .218 27
1969–70 ABA Eastern 4th 39 45 .464 20 Lost First Round (Colonels) 4–3
1970–71 ABA Eastern 3rd 40 44 .476 15 Lost First Round (Squires) 4–2
1971–72 ABA Eastern 3rd 44 40 .524 24 Won First Round (Colonels) 4–2
Won ABA Semifinals (Squires) 4–2
Lost ABA Finals (Pacers) 4–2
1972–73 ABA Eastern 4th 30 54 .357 27 Lost First Round (Cougars) 4–1 Brian Taylor (ROY)
1973–74 ABA Eastern 1st 55 29 .655 Won First Round (Squires) 4–1
Won ABA Semifinals (Kentucky) 4–0
Won ABA Finals (Utah) 4–1
Julius Erving (MVP, PMVP)
1974–75 ABA Eastern 1st 58 26 .690 Lost First Round (Spirits) 4–1 Julius Erving (MVP)
1975–76 ABA [2] 2nd 55 29 .655 5 Won ABA Semifinals (Spurs) 4–3
Won ABA Finals (Nuggets) 4–2
Julius Erving (MVP, PMVP)
1976–77 NBA Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 22 60 .268 28
New Jersey Nets
1977–78 NBA Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 24 58 .293 31
1978–79 NBA Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 37 45 .451 17 Lost First Round (76ers) 2–0
1979–80 NBA Eastern 10th Atlantic 5th 34 48 .415 27
1980–81 NBA Eastern 10th Atlantic 5th 24 58 .293 38
1981–82 NBA Eastern 4th Atlantic 3rd 44 38 .537 19 Lost First Round (Bullets) 2–0 Buck Williams (ROY)
1982–83 NBA Eastern 4th Atlantic 3rd 49 33 .598 16 Lost First Round (Knicks) 2–0
1983–84 NBA Eastern 6th Atlantic 4th 45 37 .549 17 Won First Round (76ers) 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Bucks) 4–2
1984–85 NBA Eastern 5th Atlantic 3rd 42 40 .512 21 Lost First Round (Pistons) 3–0
1985–86 NBA Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 39 43 .476 28 Lost First Round (Bucks) 3–0
1986–87 NBA Eastern 10th Atlantic 4th 24 58 .293 35
1987–88 NBA Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 19 63 .232 38
1988–89 NBA Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 26 56 .317 26
1989–90 NBA Eastern 13th Atlantic 6th 17 65 .207 36
1990–91 NBA Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 26 56 .317 30 Derrick Coleman (ROY)
1991–92 NBA Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 40 42 .488 11 Lost First Round (Cavaliers) 3–1
1992–93 NBA Eastern 6th Atlantic 3rd 43 39 .524 17 Lost First Round (Cavaliers) 3–2
1993–94 NBA Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 45 37 .549 12 Lost First Round (Knicks) 3–1
1994–95 NBA Eastern 11th Atlantic 5th 30 52 .366 27
1995–96 NBA Eastern 12th Atlantic 6th 30 52 .366 30
1996–97 NBA Eastern 13th Atlantic 5th 26 56 .317 35
1997–98 NBA Eastern 8th Atlantic 3rd 43 39 .524 12 Lost First Round (Bulls) 3–0
1998–99 NBA[3] Eastern 14th Atlantic 7th 16 34 .320 17
1999–00 NBA Eastern 12th Atlantic 6th 31 51 .378 21
2000–01 NBA Eastern 12th Atlantic 6th 26 56 .317 30
2001–02 NBA Eastern 1st Atlantic 1st 52 30 .634 Won First Round (Pacers) 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Hornets) 4–1
Won Conference Finals (Celtics) 4–2
Lost NBA Finals (Lakers) 4–0
Rod Thorn (EOY)
2002–03 NBA Eastern 2nd Atlantic 1st 49 33 .598 Won First Round (Bucks) 4–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 4–0
Won Conference Finals (Pistons) 4–0
Lost NBA Finals (Spurs) 4–2
2003–04 NBA Eastern 2nd Atlantic 1st 47 35 .573 Won First Round (Knicks) 4–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Pistons) 4–3
2004–05 NBA Eastern 8th Atlantic 3rd 42 40 .512 3 Lost First Round (Heat) 4–0
2005–06 NBA Eastern 3rd Atlantic 1st 49 33 .598 Won First Round (Pacers) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Heat) 4–1
2006–07 NBA Eastern 6th Atlantic 2nd 41 41 .500 6 Won First Round (Raptors) 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Cavaliers) 4–2
2007–08 NBA Eastern 10th Atlantic 4th 34 48 .415 32
2008–09 NBA Eastern 11th Atlantic 3rd 34 48 .415 28
2009–10 NBA Eastern 15th Atlantic 5th 12 70 .146 38
2010–11 NBA Eastern 12th Atlantic 4th 24 58 .293 32
2011–12 NBA[4] Eastern 12th Atlantic 5th 22 44 .333 17
Brooklyn Nets
2012–13 NBA Eastern 4th Atlantic 2nd 49 33 .598 5 Lost First Round (Bulls) 4–3
2013–14 NBA Eastern 6th Atlantic 2nd 44 38 .537 4 Won First Round (Raptors) 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals (Heat) 4–1
2014–15 NBA Eastern 8th Atlantic 3rd 38 44 .463 11 Lost First Round (Hawks) 4–2
2015–16 NBA Eastern 14th Atlantic 4th 21 61 .256 35

All-time records[edit]

Statistic Wins Losses W–L%
New Jersey Americans/New York Nets ABA regular season record (1967–1976) 374 370 .503
New York Nets/New Jersey Nets/Brooklyn Nets NBA regular season record (1976–present) 1,339 1,811 .425
All-time regular season record (1967–present) 1,713 2,181 .440
New Jersey Americans/New York Nets ABA postseason record (1967–1976) 37 32 .536
New York Nets/New Jersey Nets/Brooklyn Nets NBA postseason record (1976–present) 62 80 .437
All-time postseason record (1967–present) 99 112 .469
All-time regular and postseason record (1967–present) 1,812 2,293 .441
  • As of November 2, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Americans tied the Kentucky Colonels for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Division. A one-game playoff was to be played on the Americans' home court, but because a suitable venue could not be found in time, the game was forfeited to the Colonels.
  2. ^ The league merged its two divisions into one seven-team division.
  3. ^ A lockout shortened the season to 50 games.
  4. ^ A lockout shortened the season to 66 games.