This graphic comparing the Brooklyn Nets roster today to the New Jersey Nets roster in 2002 is absolutely insane and will make you feel incredibly old.
The Brooklyn Nets were once again without their third superstar Kevin Durant last night in their matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. They managed to withstand a fourth-quarter meltdown to beat the Spurs 124-113, snapping a 17-game losing streak in San Antonio.
James Harden continued to make his case for MVP leading Brooklyn another triple-double. He’d finish with 30 points, 15 assists, and 14 rebounds, his seventh triple-double in just 22 games with Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving pitched in 27 points to help Brooklyn get back on track after their eight-game win streak was snapped in a loss to Dallas over the weekend.
In the post-game analysis, Ian Eagle and Sarah Kustok broke down the game and flashed this incredible New Jersey Nets graphic for old-time’s sake.
Compare today’s Brooklyn Nets with the New Jersey Nets in 2002
A lot has changed about the New Jersy Nets franchise over the years. The most obvious being their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. While their recent roster changes may be obvious upgrades, NBA fans shouldn’t forget about the talent the team had back in New Jersey.
After their win on Monday, a graphic was flashed in the post-game analysis showing a New Jersey roster from 2002 featuring Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles, Keith Van Horn, and Todd Macculloch.
Feeling old yet?
It’s crazy to think that 2002 was almost 20 years ago.
Many of the shooting and scoring records that this New Jersey roster held will be overtaken this season, simply because of the sheer talent in Brooklyn now. It helps when you have three of the best scorers of all time on one team. But when you have guys like Joe Harris also lighting it up, you have to give credit where it’s due.
Brooklyn is currently second in the struggling Eastern Conference with a record of 23-13.
Will their hot shooting be enough to push them over other contenders come playoff time? This writer doesn’t know if this level of efficiency can be maintained but what I do know is that teams had better figure out how to put a stop to some of this Nets scoring, and quickly.