One of the things that fascinates me is jersey numbers, and especially retired numbers.
There is no higher honor a team can bestow than retiring the jersey number they wore.
I thought I would take a look at the jersey numbers retired by the Nets over the entire history of the team.
There have been 51 numbers used in Nets history, 7 of which have been retired. They Are:
- 3 Drazen Petrovic
- 4 Wendell Ladner
- 5 Jason Kidd
- 23 John Williamson
- 25 Bill Melchionni
- 32 Julius Erving
- 52 Buck Williams
|1991-92 Skybox #599|
|1974-75 Topps #244|
|2002-03 Fleer Box Score Dish & Swish Memorabilia|
|1976-77 Topps #113|
Bill Melchionni played for the Nets solely in their ABA days, joining the team in 1969-70. He would remain with the team until the final year of the ABA, in 1975-76, and did not transition back to the NBA with the team. (He played two years with the 76ers before joining the Nets) He played 502 games with the Nets.
Unfortunately this is the only good card I have of him, I do not yet have his card from 1972-73 or 73-74 Topps. So, I have to post this one in two consecutive posts.
|1971-72 Topps #199|
|2014-15 Panini Threads ABA Legends #4|
He also ranks 6th in steals and third in blocks and field goal percentage. The only statistical category that matters that he does not rank in franchise top 10 is 3 point shooting, which in his day, centers simply didn't do.
He played 635 games over 8 seasons for the Nets, from 1981-82 through 1988-89.
|1984-85 Star #99|
Thanks for reading!