Top 5 Point Guards in Denver Nuggets Franchise’s History
5. Nick Van Exel
The Denver Nuggets acquired All-Star point guard Nick Van Exel in a draft night trade in June 1998, sending Tony Battie and the rights to 23rd overall pick Tyronn Lue to the Los Angeles Lakers to get the left-hander. Often forgotten about in terms of his place in this franchise’s history, Nick Van Exel was one of the only reasons to watch the Nuggets during their worst stretch in team history. From 1998-2002, Van Exel was their best player, and one of the most exciting point guards in the league. During this time, he averaged 17.7 PPG and 8.4 APG. He played his ass off and was never afraid of taking the big shot, he was a truly fun player to watch. Van Exel is Denver’s all-time leader with an average of 8.4 assists per game, is fifth in Denver history with 425 3-pointers, and sixth with 2,047 assists per game. Pretty damn impressive as far as I am concerned.
4. Ty Lawson
The Denver Nuggets acquired the rights to 18th overall pick Ty Lawson out of North Carolina on draft night in 2009, sending a 2010 first-round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lawson was a reserve at point guard for most of his first two seasons before taking over as the starter in 2011-12. In six seasons with Denver, Lawson averaged 14.2 points, 6.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 32 minutes per game, shooting just under 47 percent from the field. He set a single-season franchise record in 2014-15 with 720 assists and is seventh in team history with 403 3-pointers, fourth with 2,745 assists and eighth with an average of 6.6 assists per game. His career in Denver ended terribly because off the court issues, but during his peak in the Rockies, you have to give Lawson his due credit. He was a very solid point guard for half a decade.
3. Michael Adams
One of the great shorter NBA players ever, Adams enjoyed his best career season as a pro during the 1990-91 campaign when he registered 26.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game with the Denver Nuggets, who lost 62 games that year. Adams was the focal point of the offense in head coach Paul Westhead’s run-and-gun style. Among Adams’ teammates were current ESPN NBA analysts Tim Legler and Avery Johnson. Adams also scored a career-best 54 points during that 1990-91 NBA season. He previously held the record for most consecutive games played (79) with at least one three-pointer. That record has since been broken by the Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver. Not too many younger fans today have even heard of this dude before this – but you have now, Michael Adams takes the 3rd spot on this Denver Nuggets PG list.