13. Stephon Marbury

There is a lot of fair criticism that can be thrown the way of Stephon Marbury in regards to his career in the National Basketball Association, but many of that occurred after he left New Jersey and it was as a Net where he put up his best statistical numbers.

“Starbury” arrived in the middle of the 1998/99 season in a major three-way trade with Minnesota and Milwaukee and he went on 23.4 PPG in his 31 Games of the season.  In his first full season as a Net he would have a 22.2 Point and 8.4 Assist per Game average and he would be named a Third Team All Pro, one of the few Nets to be named to an All-NBA roster.  The following season, Marbury would be chosen for the All-Star Game and while he was not named to an All-NBA Team, he would have a career high 22.7 PER and 23.9 Points per Game.  That would be the last year for Marbury with New Jersey as he was traded to Phoenix before the start of the next season.

What hurts the Marbury the most is that trade as it was for Jason Kidd and it was the latter who led the Nets to their greatest success since they joined the NBA, but remember that this is not a team that has been littered with great stars and he did have a 23.0 PPG with a 21.7 PER as a Net.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Acquired: Traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves with Chris Carr and Bill Curley as part of a three-team trade. The Milwaukee Bucks sent Terrell Brandon to Minnesota. Milwaukee sent Eliot Perry to New Jersey. Minnesota traded Paul Grant to Milwaukee. New Jersey traded Sam Cassell and Chris Gatling to Milwaukee. New Jersey sent Brian Evans and a 1999 1st Round Pick (which would be Wally Szczerbiak) to Minnesota 3/11/99.
  • Departed: Traded to the Phoenix Suns with Johnny Newman and Soumalia Samake for Chris Dudley and Jason Kidd 7/8/01.
  • Games Played: 172
  • Per Game Averages: 39.8 MP, .474 eFG%, .808 FT%, 23.0 PTS, 3.1 RB, 8.1 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.1 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 21.7 PER, .536 TS%, 7.7 VORP, 19.2 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Third Team All-NBA (2000)

    All Star (2001)

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