Milwaukee Bucks All-Time All-Opponent Teams - Nets
EDITION 2: NEW JERSEY NETS
The Milwaukee Bucks are in their 44th season as a National Basketball Association franchise.
Since the Bucks' flagship season of 1968-69, they have contended with no less than 67 opposing players who are enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, not to mention countless others who earned multiple NBA All-Star Game selections.
In the coming weeks, the Truman Reed Index will present its ranking of the top five opposing players the Bucks have faced from each of the other 29 NBA teams - or their predecessors (ie the Los Angeles Clippers list will also include members of the San Diego Clippers and Buffalo Braves). The selections are based upon the players' performance against the Bucks and their career accomplishments.
A number of the players featured in the TRI rankings played for multiple NBA teams during the course of their careers, but will be listed only once - representing the teams with which they made their most substantial or longest-running impacts against the Bucks.
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Kidd, a San Francisco native, was raised in Oakland and led St. Joseph Notre Dame High School of Alameda, Calif, to consecutive state championships, averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals as a senior. He won the Naismith Award as the nation's top high school player and was named Player of the Year by PARADE Magazine and USA Today. Kidd finished his prep career as California's seventh-ranking all-time scorer with 2,661 points, was voted California Player of the Year for the second time and named a McDonald's All-American. On Jan. 31, 2012, Kidd was recognized as one of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All Americans.
Kidd played two seasons at the University of California. He averaged 13 points, 7.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game to earn national Freshman of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Pac-10 Conference team. As a sophomore, Kidd averaged 16.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 9.1 assists, breaking his previous school record for and leading the nation with 272. He became Cal's first First Team All-American since 1968 as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Kidd was selected by Dallas Mavericks with the second pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. In his first pro season, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists, led the NBA in triple-doubles and shared the 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year award with Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons.
Kidd was traded to the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 26, 1996, with Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer for Michael Finley, A. C. Green and Sam Cassell. He played for Phoenix from 1996-2001, represented the Suns in the NBA All-Star Game in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and led the NBA in assists from 1999-2001 before being traded along with Chris Dudley to the New Jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman and Soumaila Samake.
In 2001-02, Kidd led the Nets to a 52-30 regular-season record and finished second to the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan in the MVP voting. He guided the Nets all the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in four games. In the following season, he led New Jersey back to the NBA Finals, where they fell in six games to the Spurs.
During his seven+ seasons with the Nets, Kidd earned five of his 10 career NBA All-Star Game selections. He joined Vince Carter to become the first teammates in NBA history to record triple-doubles in the same game (Aoril 7, 2007) since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it in for the Chicago Bulls 18 years earlier, and in 2007 .became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire postseason.
On Feb. 19, 2008, Kidd was traded back to Dallas along with Malik Allen and Antoine Wright for Keith Van Horn (via a sign and trade deal), Devin Harris, Desagana Diop, Trenton Hassell, Maurice Ager, $3 million, Ryan Anderson (a future 2008 first-round pick), and a 2010 first-round pick, He won his first NBA Championship ring with Dallas in 2011, and signed a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks on July 5, 2012.
Kidd ranks second all-time among NBA players in assists and steals and is the only player in NBA history with at least 15,000 points, 10,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds. He was an Olympic gold medalist for Team USA in 2000 and 2008.
Through 41 career games against Milwaukee, Kidd's averages were 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 9.2 assists.
Carter, born and raised in Daytona Beach, Fla., led Mainland High School to its first Class 6A state title in 56 years and was named a McDonald's All-American. On Jan. 31, 2012 he was recognized as one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans of all time.
Carter played three seasons at the University of North Carolina, twice reaching the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He was named a second-team All-American following his junior season, then opted to turn pro and was chosen with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded his draft rights with cash to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Antawn Jamison, his former North Carolina teammates.
Carter averaged 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3 assists in winning the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, then won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend the following season before helping Team USA win a gold medal during the Summer OIympics in Sydney, Australia. He led the Raptors to their first three playoff appearances before being traded on Dec. 18, 2004, to the Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and a pair of first-round draft picks.
Carter averaged better than 23.5 points per game and achieved career-high averages in rebounds per game (5.8) and assists per game (4.7) while missing just 11 games in his four full seasons with New Jersey. He helped lead the team to three playoff runs and ranks in the top 10 of 19 different all-time Nets statistical categories, including points, points per game (first all-time of NBA Nets), defensive rebounds, assists, turnover rate, 3-point field goals, offensive rating, player efficiency rating, and win shares.
Carter represented the Nets in the NBA All-Star Game in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and spent two more seasons with New Jersey before being traded June 25, 2009, to the Orlando Magic with Ryan Anderson for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee.
Carter's career averages against the Bucks through 43 contests were 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Williams, a native of Rocky Mount, N.C., starred for Rocky Mount Senior High School before moving northward to play collegiately at the University of Maryland. He had immediate success, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year Award in 1979 after leading the ACC in rebounding. He averaged 15.5 points per game in both his sophomore and junior seasons and led the conference in rebounding again as a junior. He was selected to the 1980 USA Olympic basketball team, but never got to compete since the USA boycotted the Games. Williams became a member of the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, then in 2002 was one of eight former Terrapins selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team.
Williams turned pro following his junior season and was chosen third overall by the Nets in the 1981 NBA Draft. He averaged 15.5 points and a team-leading 12.3 rebounds in his first year as a pro, helping the Nets win 20 more games than they did the previous season and earning 1982 Rookie of the Year honors.
The 6-foot-8-inch, 225-pound power forward played eight more seasons with the Nets, during which time he ranked among the top three rebounders in the NBA six times, averaging 12 boards per game or more each year. He represented New Jersey in the NBA All-Star Game in 1982, 1983 and 1986. In eight seasons as a Net, Williams became the franchise's all-time leader in 11 of 17 categories including points (14,440), rebounds (7,576), free throws made (2,476), free throws attempted (3,818), offensive rebounds (2,588), defensive rebounds (4,988), games played (635), field goals made (3,981), minutes played (23,100), field goals atte mpted (7,234), and personal fouls (2,244).
On June 24, 1989, the Nets traded Williams to the Portland Trail Blazers for Sam Bowie and a draft pick. Williams became a fixture in the Trail Blazers' starting lineup for the next six seasons, helping lead the team to three Western Conference Finals appearances and two NBA Finals.
Williams retired Jan. 27, 1999, with career averages of 12.8 points and 10 rebounds per game and a field goal percentage of .549. During his 17 year pro career,
illiams totaled more than 16,000 points and 13,000 rebounds, making him one of only seven NBA players to reach both marks.
The Nets retired Williams' jersey No. 52 on April 11, 1999. His career numbers through 39 games against Milwaukee were 12.1 points, 9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Petrovic was born in Šibenik, Yugoslavia (which later became Croatia). He became a standout on the European professional circuit in the 1980s, averaging nearly 34 points per game over a four-year span.
The Portland Trail Blazers selected Petrovic in the third round of the 1986 NBA Draft and retained his draft rights until signing him in 1989. He played sparingly with the Trail Blazers before being traded to the Nets 38 games into his second season in a three-way deal that also involved the Denver Nuggets.
In 1991-92, Petrovic's first full season with the Nets, he averaged 20.6 points and shot 51 percent from the floor. H established himself as the team leader and he was named New Jersey's Most Valuable Player as the Nets recorded 14 more wins than the season before and made the playoffs.
The 6-foot-5-inch guard upped his production to 22.3 points per game to rank 11th in the NBA the following season, shot 45 percent from 3-point range for the second straight year and shot 52 percent from the floor. He was named to the All-NBA Third Team.
Petrovic's career and life were tragically cut short when he was killed in a car accident in Germany in June of 1993. Petrović's jersey No. 3 was retired by the Nets in 1993, and in 2002, he was posthumously enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 13 career games against Milwaukee, Petrovic averaged 19.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists and shot .447 from 3-point range. While playing for the Nets spanning 1991 through 1993, he averaged 25.7 points per game over seven games against the Bucks. New Jersey won all seven of those contests.
Martin was born in Saginaw, Mich., but began carving out his basketball career at three different high schools in Dallas, Texas, before graduating from Bryan Adams High. He didn't possess strong offensive skills as a prep player, but the University of Cincinnati coaching staff liked his athleticism, his tenacity and his ability to dominate the game on the defensive end of the court and signed him to a letter-of-intent.
Martin didn't put up big numbers in his first season of collegiate basketball in 1996, but earned his way into the starting lineup by his 14th game. By his senior season, after putting on 25 pounds of muscle, the 6-foot-9-inch Martin averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game and became the consensus national player of the year. He suffered a broken leg in the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament.
Cincinnati retired Martin's No. 4 jersey on April 25, 2000, prior to the end of his senior year. The Nets made Martin the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft in 2000, and he currently ranks as the last American-born college senior to be taken with the top pick.
Martin, who had played center in college, shifted to power forward as a pro. He averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in his first season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In Martin's second campaign, he averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game and helped the Nets climb from last place in the Atlantic Division to the Eastern Conference title and the best season the franchise's NBA history. Along with Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, he led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers. The trio took New Jersey back to the NBA finals in 2003 before they lost in six games to the San Antonio Spurs.
The following season, Martin averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks to earn his first NBA All-Star selection. In the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, he scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 assists.
At the conclusion of the 2003-04 season, Martin was traded to the Denver Nuggets for three future first-round draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal. He played for the Nuggets from 2004-2011, then joined the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China in 2011 before returning to the U.S. and signing as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 3, 2012.
Martin averaged 13.9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists through 24 regular-season games against Milwaukee. During New Jersey's 2003 Eastern Conference First-Round Playoff Series against Milwaukee, Martin was the Nets' leading scorer five times, hitting for 30 points in one game and 29 in the Nets' clinching Game 6 victory.