The Denver Nuggets are an American Basketball team competing in Western Conference Northwest Division of the NBA. The team was founded in 1967 and plays its home games at the Pepsi Center. Denver Nuggets are one of the seven teams to have not won a Championship or a Conference title.
Denver Nuggets were part of the ABA from 1967 to 1976 and joined NBA in 1977. The initial seasons in NBA was very good for the Nuggets and they qualified for the Playoffs in each of their first three seasons in NBA. Nuggets have reached the Conference Finals thrice, with their last appearance coming in 2009 where they lost to the Lakers. The Nuggets qualified for the Playoffs nine times in a row from 1981 to 1990, helped by Alex English and Kiki Vandeweghe and were considered genuine contenders. In 2003, Nuggets drafted Carmelo Anthony and Anthony with help from Head Coach George Karl led Nuggets reach the playoffs nine times in a row. Nuggets' last playoff appearance was in 2013. Some of the prominent players to have played for Denver Nuggets include Alex English, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson etc.
Nuggets in recent years
After the departure of Carmelo, the Nuggets were involved in a three-team trade which saw them receive All-Star Andre Iguodala, while Dwight Howard was moved to LA Lakers. Head coach Karl Denver was fired despite winning the Coach of the Year and leading the side to a playoff elimination against the Golden State Warriors.
Along with Karl being fired, Nuggets saw a shake-up in their front office with Masai Ujiri leaving for Toronto Raptors and vice-president Pete D'Alessandro going to Sacramento Kings. Brian Shaw was eventually replaced by Mike Malone.
Under Malone's stewardship, Denver started grooming their youth talents more rather than focusing on marquee signings. Iguodala was traded to Warriors in sign-and-trade. The development of Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris and Emmanuel Mudiay were clear as the Nuggets were slowly but surely starting to look like contenders. They soon drafted Jamal Murray from Kentucky as well as Malik Beasley in the 2016 NBA Draft. With another strong start to the season, Jokic and co. will be looking to go all the way.
Denver Nuggets Record - Last 10 Seasons
|Season||Division Finish||Conference Finish||Record||Playoffs|
|2012-13||2nd||3rd||57-25||Lost First Round|
|2011-12||2nd||6th||38-28||Lost First Round|
|2010-11||2nd||5th||50-32||Lost First Round|
|2009-10||1st||4th||53-29||Lost First Round|