Becoming the NuggetsRingsby sold the team to San Diego businessmen Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer in 1972. In 1974, in anticipation of moving into the NBA, and the new McNichols Arena the franchise held a contest to choose a new team nickname, as “Rockets” was already in use by the Houston Rockets. The winning choice was “Nuggets,” in honor of the original ...
Joining the NBAThe Nuggets and Nets had actually applied to join the NBA in 1975 but were forced to stay in the ABA by a court order. The Nuggets continued their strong play early on in the NBA, as they won division titles in their first two seasons in the league, and missed a third by a single game. However, neither of ...
Pepsi Center OpensPepsi Center was constructed as part of a large six-year sporting venue upgrade in Denver along with Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High (formerly Invesco Field at Mile High), home of the Denver Broncos. The complex was constructed to be readily accessible. The arena is situated at Speer Boulevard, the main thoroughfare ...
Stan Kroenke Owner of the NuggetsKroenke Sports Enterprise also owns Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the Nuggets and Avalanche, and co-owns Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, home of the Rapids. Both venues were built by his development company. In 2004, Kroenke launched his own competitor to FSN Rocky Mountain (now known as Root Sports Rocky Mountain), Altitude, a new regional sports network ...
Carmelo Anthony TradedTo the New York KnicksOn February 22, 2011, after months of speculation that he wanted to leave the Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony was traded along with Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams, and Renaldo Balkman to the New York Knicks in a multi-player deal also involving the Minnesota Timberwolves in which the Nuggets received Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, and Kosta Koufos. ...
History of the Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets are one of the most storied franchises in the NBA. Founded as an expansion team in 1967, they have been a part of the league for over 50 years and have seen some incredible successes along their journey. The Nuggets had their first taste of success when they made it to the ABA Finals in 1976, where they lost to Julius Erving’s New York Nets. After joining forces with four other teams from the ABA, Denver finally made its way into what is now known as today's NBA for good and has been a regular playoff contender ever since then.
In the 1984-1985 season under the head, coach Doug Moe led them to win 54 games which was at that time the best record by any franchise outside Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics. They went on further making playoffs six times between 1984–1990 but failed every time to reach conference finals due to lack of star power. In the 1993-1994 season, Dan Issel took charge as head coach which resulted in winning 42 games and reaching 1st round playoffs however could not advance beyond that stage.
Throughout their history, Denver has always found ways to remain competitive despite never having superstars like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant on its roster until recently with Nikola Jokic leading them back toward contention status again this past year. With great young talent such as Jamal Murray also coming up through the ranks, Denver will be looking forward make a deep run into the postseason soon enough while maintaining the same consistency throughout the course next few seasons too!
1976 – Present / National Basketball Association
1967 – 1976 / American Basketball Association
1974 – Present / Denver Nuggets
1967 – 1974 / Denver Rockets
Nuggets - Denver's ABA team's original nickname was the Rockets. When the team was preparing to move to the NBA in 1974, they needed a new nickname, as the nickname Rockets was already claimed by the franchise in San Diego/Houston. The winning choice was “Nuggets,” in honor of the original Nuggets team in Denver from 1948 – 1950, is also in respect to the city's mining tradition and the Colorado Gold Rush during the late 1850s and early 1860s, was chosen via a name-the-team contest.
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2020 - Present / Ball Arena
1999 – 2020 / Pepsi Center
1975 – 1999 / McNichols Sports Arena
1967 – 1975 / Denver Auditorium Arena
2014 – Present / Ann Walton Kroenke
2000 – 2014 / Stan Kroenke
1997 – 2000 / Liberty Media
1989 – 1997 / Peter Bynoe, Bertram Lee, and Comsat Video Enterprises
1985 – 1989 / Sidney Shlenker
1978 – 1985 / Red McCombs
1972 – 1978 / Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer
1967 – 1972 / James Trindle and Bill Ringsby
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
2 / Alex English
12 / Lafayette “Fat” Lever
33 / David Thompson
40 / Byron Beck
44 / Dan Issel
55 / Dikembe Mutombo
432 / Doug Moe
*Blue is this team’s history