FINAL RECORD: 42-40
Coach: Lawrence Frank
The Nets ended the 2004-05 season by clinching their fourth consecutive playoff appearance with the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Nets acquired All-Star forward, Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams, and two first round draft picks on December 17. Carter ended the campaign at 27.5 ppg, the highest average of any Nets player in a single season in franchise history. Carter led four Nets in double-figure scoring, including Jason Kidd (14.4 ppg), Nenad Krstic (10.0 ppg) and Richard Jefferson (22.2 ppg). Kidd was the team’s leading rebounder at 7.4 rpg, the best of his NBA career. New Jersey received a devastating blow to their line-up when Jefferson was lost for the regular season due to a left wrist injury on January 11. The Nets faced a playoff like atmosphere during the final month of the regular season and needed to win seven of their final eight regular season games to clinch the fourth consecutive playoff appearance, as they clinched the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference on the last day of the regular season. In the playoffs the Nets fell to the number one seeded Miami Heat in four games.