There is only one player currently on the Knicks or Nets who have played for both sides of the now intra-city rivalry, that being Jason Kidd. However, dozens of NBA alumni have played on both sides of the Hudson River, and a few more – like Kiki Vandeweghe and Mark Jackson – who have played for one and worked for the other in some capacity, so we’ve chosen to spotlight this group as the most notable.
2. 10. Micheal Ray Richardson
Sadly, personal problems shortened Richardson’s career, but he was a three-time All-Star with the Knicks from 1979-82, and reached a fourth All-Star Game while with the Nets from 1983-86. And, as either a draft pick or a player, he was traded for two other men on this list, as well as Moses Malone.
3. 9. Anthony Mason
Mason played just 21 games with the Nets in 1989-90, but in five subsequent years with the Knicks he became a force, winning the 1995 Sixth Man of the Year Award and leading the NBA in minutes per game in 1995-96.
4. 8. Keith Van Horn
KVH played the first five years of his career in New Jersey, becoming a First Team All-Rookie selection in 1997-98 and reaching the NBA Finals in 2001-02. He later spent about two-thirds of the 2003-04 season with the Knicks, before being traded to Milwaukee in February.
5. 7. Buck Williams
Although Buck and his goggles came to fame when he helped Portland reach three straight Western Conference Finals and two NBA Finals from 1990-92, the ferocious rebounder spent 1981-89 as a Net (where his No. 52 is retired) and finished his career with the Knicks from 1996-99.
6. 6. Xavier McDaniel
The “X-Man,” who was a superstar in Seattle and amassed more than 13,000 points and 5,000 rebounds in his long NBA career, spent 1991-92 as a Knick and then finished his career as a Net from 1996-98.
7. 5. Stephon Marbury
A Brooklyn native, “Starbury” was an All-Star once in his three seasons with the Nets from 1999-2001, and after a stint in Phoenix, he spent five tumultuous years as a Knick that started with a bang and ended with a contentious buyout.
8. 4. Maurice Lucas
Despite just two seasons in that league, “The Enforcer” is on the ABA’s All-Time Team. He was pretty good in his 13 years in the NBA as well, playing one season each for the Nets (1980-81) and Knicks (1981-92) and having his #20 retired by the Blazers.
9. 3. Dikembe Mutombo
Although he amassed most of his accolades (eight-time All-Star, four-time Defensive Player of the Year) in Denver, Atlanta, or Philly, Mutumbo played back-to-back single years with the Nets (2002-03) and Knicks (2003-04) before ending his career with Houston.
10. 2. Bernard King
A four-time NBA All-Star, King scored nearly 20,000 points in a career that began and ended with the Nets (1977-79, 1993) and included five years in New York (1982-87) in the middle. Of note: He set the Nets franchise record for points as a rookie, then lit them up for 60 on Christmas Day 1984.
11. 1. Jason Kidd
The most successful of the bunch with the Nets, 10-time All-Star and surefire Hall of Famer Kidd led New Jersey to two NBA Finals in his seven years in the Garden State (2001-08), and is now in the midst of his first season at Madison Square Garden.