Brooklyn Nets retired numbers: Whose numbers are retired?

Former Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Brooklyn Nets retired numbers include some of the all-time greats of the sport along with championship winners and tragic figures.

The Nets have gone through several locations and brand identities from New York to New Jersey to Brooklyn.

Regardless of the changes, the franchise can look back at some truly great players who have put on the uniform.

Who has had their jersey retired by Brooklyn/New Jersey?

Brooklyn Nets retired numbers

  • #3 — Drazen Petrovic
  • #5 — Jason Kidd
  • #23 — John Williamson
  • #25 — Bill Melchionni
  • #32 — Julius Erving
  • #52 — Buck Williams

Williams is the franchise career-leader in games having played 635, considerably more than Brook Lopez’s 562 in second place. He also leads the franchise in two-pointers, rebounds and win shares.

Kidd owns career leads for assists, steals and triple-doubles. That last category isn’t close either. He had 61 for the team. James Harden is second with 21.

Before Kidd, Mechionni had held the career record for assists. He now ranks second.

Erving obviously had a heralded NBA career. He still ranks first in Brooklyn/New Jersey history in Player Efficiency Rating.

Williamson was a legend with the Nets in the ABA and won two titles in his day.

Sadly, Petrovic died before he could set records for the Nets. His career took off in 1991 when he was traded to New Jersey. He averaged more than 20 points per game in two seasons before a car crash tragically ended his life.

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