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Nets to honor former players at final home game
The Nets announced today that next Monday against Philadelphia, the team's final home game in New Jersey, several former players will be honored during a halftime ceremony.
Honorees include Kenny Anderson, Otis Birdsong, Darwin Cook, Derrick Coleman, Kendall Gill, Albert King, Kerry Kittles, Chris Morris and Mike O'Koren.
The move to Brooklyn will end a 35-year run in New Jersey for the Nets.
A little on each player's career with New Jersey:
Drafted by the Nets in 1991 with the second overall pick after two years at Georgia Tech. Started at point guard his second season. Averaged nearly a double-double in 1993-94 (18.8 points, 9.6 assists.) Overall, averaged 15.3 points and 7.8 assists in five seasons with the Nets, from 1991-96.
Started at guard for the Nets after being acquired from the Kansas City Kings for Cliff Robinson. All-Star in 1984 with the Nets. Played seven seasons in New Jersey, from 1981-88. Averaged more than 20 points in 1984-85, and finished his Nets career averaging 15.9 points.
Appeared in 464 games over six seasons with the Nets from 1980-86. Averaged 10.1 points in 25.0 minutes per game. One of the league's premier defenders, finished in the top 10 in steals three times with New Jersey.
Drafted by the Nets with the No. 1 overall selection in 1990. Named Rookie of the Year after averaging 18.4 points and 10.3 points in 1990-91. Averaged a double-double (19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds) in five seasons with the Nets, from 1990-95. Played in just 13 playoff games with New Jersey.
Acquired by the Nets in a trade in 1996 that sent Kenny Anderson to the Hornets. Hit 135 three-pointers in six seasons with the Nets, from 1995-2001. Finished ninth in the league in scoring (21.8 points per game) in 1996-97. Averaged 14.9 points and 4.8 rebounds.
The Nets drafted King, Bernard's brother, with the 10th pick in 1981. Averaged 17.0 points his second year in New Jersey, starting 75 games. Played 410 games from 1980-87 with the Nets, averaging 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Taken by the Nets with the eighth pick out of Villanova in 1996. Seventh in Nets history with 496 games played with New Jersey. Averaged 14.3 points in seven seasons with the team. Started in all but 41 games during his tenure. In the top 100 all-time in career three-point percentage (37.8 percent).
Taken fourth in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Nets, ahead of Mitch Richmond, Hersey Hawkins and Rex Chapman. Named All-Rookie 2nd team. One of six Nets to play in over 500 games with the team. Averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds from 1988-95.
Selected sixth overall by the Nets in the 1980 NBA Draft, five picks before Kiki Vandeweghe. Averaged 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game from 1980-88.