Top 10 Denver Nuggets of All-Time

Top 10 Denver Nuggets of All-Time

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Honorable Mentions:

20. Allen Iverson

19. Nick Van Exel

18. T.R. Dunn

17. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

16. Antonio McDyess

15. Ty Lawson

14. Nene Hilario

13. Ralph Simpson

12. Andre Miller

11. Bobby Jones

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10. Chauncey Billups

Seasons in Denver:

5 (1998-2000, 2008-2011)

Stats w/ Denver:

16.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.3 Stocks, 41.4 FG%

Chauncey Billups had two stints with the Denver Nuggets. He played on the team from 1998-2000 and then rejoined the Nuggets for the 2008-11 seasons. Billups arguably had his best season with the Nuggets in 2009 when he averaged 17.9 points and 6.4 assists in 77 games. In the 2008-09 season, the Nuggets matched the most wins in franchise history at 54, with Billups at the point. Denver even made the Western Conference Finals in 2009 that year which was the first time they had made it that far in the playoffs since 1985. Billups set a franchise record for three-pointers in a playoff series after dropping 19 threes against the New Orleans Hornets in the first round. In his overall Nuggets career, Billups is second all time in shooting 91.2 percent from the free-throw line and third in three-pointers made with 514 conversions. He also made two All-Star appearances, was an All-NBA Third Team selection and received the 2009 NBA Sportsmanship Award. Not too bad for a man know as a Piston, huh?

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9. Kiki Vandeweghe

Seasons in Denver:

4 (1980-1984)

Stats w/ Denver:

23.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.2 Stocks, 54.1 FG%

Kiki Vandeweghe’s time in Denver only lasted four seasons, and he may not have been the best player on the team at the time, but the two-time All-Star was a magnificent scorer. Kiki Vandeweghe averaged 23.3 points while shooting 54 percent from the field in 293 career games with the Nuggets. Everyone knew Vandeweghe for the “Kiki Move,” which players now refer to as the jab step – just ask Kobe Bryant. It wasn’t the only move he had in his offensive repertoire, but it was surely his deadliest. In 1983, he finished second in the NBA in scoring with 26.7 points per game. He had another high-scoring season in 1984 when he finished third in scoring by averaging a career-high 29.4 points. The sharpshooter even made the 1983 and 1984 NBA All-Star teams.

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8. Marcus Camby

Seasons in Denver:

6 (2002-2008)

Stats w/ Denver:

10.1 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 4.1 Stocks, 46.2 FG%

Marcus Camby was a crucial part of the Denver Nuggets’ rebuilding phase that began in 2003. Coming in after great shot-blockers like McDyess and Mutombo, Marcus Camby was the force inside that the Nuggets needed to compete against Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and the rest of the mighty West. In six seasons with the Nuggets, Camby grabbed double-digit rebounds in five of those years while averaging a double-double in three. On top of that, he racked up an average of three blocks per game throughout his Denver career. This consistency ranks Camby sixth on the all-time Nuggets rebound list with 4,117 boards and second in blocks with 1,126 rejections. Marcus led the league in blocks from 2006 to 2008 and was rewarded with two All-Defensive First Team selections, two All-Defensive Second Team honors and the 2007 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

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7. Byron Beck

Seasons in Denver:

10 (1967-1977)

Stats w/ Denver:

11.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.7 Stocks, 50.5 FG%

Byron Beck was the pioneer who jump-started Denver basketball. Simply put, Byron Beck was the greatest Denver Rocket of all time. Beck was one of six players to participate in every season of the ABA and he played in Denver from 1967 to 1977. One of the most tenacious rebounders in Denver history, Beck has the second-most rebounds in franchise history with 8,603 boards. Beck was also known for his sweeping hook shot which allowed him to put up crazy offensive numbers. He currently sits at sixth in all-time scoring with 8,603 points for this franchise. He finished his 10-year career averaging 11.5 points on 50.5 percent shooting to go with his 7.0 rebounds per game. Between the ABA and NBA, he brought Denver four division titles. In 1977, Beck became the first player in Denver professional basketball history to have his No. 40 jersey retired.

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