Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey Nets’

No. 5 – A Hall Of Fame group

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

In college and in the NBA, Michael Jordan performed like a Hall of Famer.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Oscar Schmidt

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton) and Brazil (Schmidt)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 131st overall by New Jersey Nets (Schmidt)

Draft fact: Five future members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had their names called at the 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan talks after being taken No. 3 overall in the 1984 Draft

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No. 7 – Schmidt stars in Italy

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Oscar Schmidt

Hall of Famer Oscar Schmidt was a scoring superstar in Italy.

Name: Oscar Schmidt

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 236 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 16, 1958

Country: Brazil

Drafted in 1984: 131st overall (No. 15 in sixth round) by New Jersey Nets

Draft fact: Oscar Schmidt was the 131st pick at the 1984 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets but made his career overseas. He was the leading scorer of Italy’s Lega Basket Serie A seven times. He led Brazil to five consecutive Olympics appearances and posted more than 1,000 points in Olympic competition.

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No. 8 – From Draft to ’84 Olympics

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins), Arkansas (Robertson), Cal State Fullerton (Wood), Vanderbilt (Turner), Georgia (Fleming)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 10th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Wood), 17th overall by New Jersey Nets (Turner), 18th overall by Indiana Pacers (Fleming)

Draft fact: Eight days after the 1984 Draft, first-rounders Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming were named to the U.S. Olympic team. That team would go on to beat Spain in the gold medal game in Los Angeles.

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No. 35 – Turner’s unique numbers note

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Jeff Turner

Jeff Turner briefly swapped jersey numbers in his career.

Name: Jeff Turner

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 230 pounds

Birthday: April 9, 1962

College: Vanderbilt

Drafted in 1984: 17th overall by New Jersey Nets

Draft fact: Throughout NBA history, 161 different players have worn a No. 35 jersey. But in the historic class of 1984, Jeff Turner was the only draftee to sport the No. 35. Turner wore No. 35 in the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons before switching to No. 30.

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No. 42 – Schmidt dominates in ’88 Games

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Name: Oscar Schmidt

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 236 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 16, 1958

Country: Brazil

Drafted in 1984: 131st overall (No. 15 in sixth round) by New Jersey Nets

Draft fact: Oscar Schmidt, who was the 131st selection of the 1984 Draft, averaged 42.3 ppg in eight games for Brazil at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

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No. 46 – Schmidt fuels Olympic shocker

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Oscar Schmidt

Back in 1987, Oscar Schmidt fueled Brazil’s upset win.

Name: Oscar Schmidt

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 236 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 16, 1958

Country: Brazil

Drafted in 1984: 131st overall (No. 15 in sixth round) by New Jersey Nets

Draft fact: Oscar Schmidt, the 130th pick in the 1984 Draft, scored 46 points to lead Brazil to an upset win over the U.S. team at the 1987 Pan Am Games. Future No. 1 overall picks David Robinson, Danny Manning and Pervis Ellison were among the players on that 1987 U.S. team.

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No. 55 – Schmidt sets Olympic record

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Name: Oscar Schmidt

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 236 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 16, 1958

Country: Brazil

Drafted in 1984: 131st overall (No. 15 in sixth round) by New Jersey Nets

Draft fact: In 1988, Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt, the 131st selection of the 1984 Draft, set an Olympic record when he scored 55 points vs. Spain. In those 1988 Olympic Games, Schmidt averaged 42.3 ppg, marking the first of three straight Olympics he would lead the field in scoring.

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No. 73 — Turner didn’t take many 3s

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Draft on NBA TV.

Jeff Turner

Jeff Turner rarely shot 3-pointers in games.

Name: Jeff Turner

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 230 pounds

Birthday: April 9, 1962

College: Vanderbilt

Drafted in 1984: 17th overall by New Jersey Nets

Draft fact: Jeff Turner, who was selected No. 17 by the New Jersey Nets in the 1984 Draft, made 73 3-pointers in his seven-year NBA career.

We’re just 73 hours away from The84Draft on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

The Best Game Winning Buzzer Beater So Far This Season?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here at the All Ball Blog, we like to recognize whenever someone makes a game-winning buzzer beater (GWBB) by breaking out something we call the Horry Scale to try and give each shot some perspective. I’ve taken my lumps from you guys this season, as I’ve tried to figure out just how many Horrys to dole out for each shot, but that’s fine: What I love about the Horry Scale is that you, our readers, love these shots as much or more as we do. You understand how improbable and how exciting they are, and you like celebrating them along with us.

That said, Horry Scale shots have to be game winners with 0.0 remaining on the clock. Which is why some last-second shots this season have not qualified — I think Russell Westbrook has made two shots to win games, but both times there were fractions of a second remaining.

The other rule that is not explicitly stated but clearly implied, is that Horry Scale entries have to be NBA game winners. Otherwise I’d be over here writing about high school and college games all day and night.

With that stated, the following shot does not qualify for the Horry Scale, since it took place in a Euroleague game between Anadolou Efes Istanbul and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. But it was a former NBA player, ex-Nets point guard Zoran Planinic, who took the incredible shot. Anadoulou Efes Istanbul was down 2, with about 2 seconds left when Planinic launched from three-quarter court. And, well, check it out…
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VIDEO: Planinic Euroleague Game Winner

I know some of you have disagreed with my ratings this season, but to me this is obviously 5 out of 5. Heck, I might give this one 6 out of 5. Incredible shot.

Oh, and as pointed out on Daily Picks and Flicks, Planinic ain’t new to this. Check out this shot from his days in the Swamp in Jersey…
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VIDEO: Planinic In Jersey

Drazen Petrovic: Twenty Years Later

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NBA.com staff reports

The career and life of Drazen Petrovic came to a sudden end twenty years ago today. The Croatian guard was a pioneer for international players in the NBA, and his electric style allowed him to average 21.4 points per game during his two year career with the New Jersey Nets. Petrovic was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Head on over to Petrovic’s Legend Profile for a more detailed overview of his incredible career.