- Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
- Home court: Ball Arena
- G.M: Calvin Booth
- Coach: Mike Malone
- Star: C Nikola Jokic
- 2021 Season: 48-34, lost to Warriors in Western Conference first-round series in five games.
- NBA Titles: None
- Greatest Player: Nikola Jokic
Factoid: Spencer Haywood, who was blocked from entering the NBA because he didn’t want to wait four years after his high school graduating class to go professional, played one season for the Nuggets, averaging 30 points and 19.5 rebounds. He was named the ABA MVP and Rookie of the Year.
The Denver Nuggets have a window, maybe the best window they’ve ever had, to win their first NBA Title. Since playing for the ABA title in 1976, Denver hasn’t played for a title.
But there is a huge window right now.
The Nuggets have one of the great players in NBA history in center Nikola Jokic. Jokic has won back-to-back MVP honors putting in the same class as Stephen Curry, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Giannis and some guy named Michael Jordan.
Yes, that group.
At 6-foot-11, 285 pounds, Jokic plays the center position like no one ever has. He’s a knockdown 3-point shooter and point guard-like passer. He’s immovable in the paint.
And he’s just 27 years old. He’s got at least five more seasons as an elite center. After signing a five-year, $264 million extension, Jokic isn’t going anywhere.
Jokic also has a couple of very talented teammates in guard Jamal Murray, small forward Michael Porter Jr. and power forward Aaron Gordon. This is an NBA-championship caliber core.
After signing a five-year, $264 million extension, Jokic isn’t going anywhere.
So, the time is now for Denver. There have been some great players in franchise history – Dan Issel, Spencer Haywood, Alex English – but Jokic is the best.
Imagine the celebration in the Mile High City if the Nuggets would win it all. A celebration led by a player whose nickname is, “The Joker.”