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The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (the NBA). The Denver Nuggets play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Utah Jazz, the Seattle SuperSonics, the Portland Trailblazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Nuggets tickets will surely be hard to come by during the 2014-2015 NBA schedule.
Denver Nuggets 2014-2015 Outlook
It doesn’t really matter why head coach Brian Shaw is embracing a deep rotation for his Denver Nuggets—it could be because the roster lacks a clear top eight, or it might be a sign the Nugs will use line changes to double-down on fatigue-inducing pace at altitude like so many Denver squads before.
What matters is that it’s a smart idea.
The postseason remains a lofty goal for this club, mainly because there are 10 teams that look scarier in the West. All that depth behind stars Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried might be enough to propel the Nuggets to a .500 record, but it would be a stunner if they finished the 2014-15 campaign in the conference’s top eight.
Many hands make light work, though, and Denver is going to employ more hands than just about anybody this season. We’ll see if sharing the load pays off in surprising fashion.
The Denver Nuggets play their home games at the Pepsi Center. EnergySolutions Arena opened in 1999 and was part of a 6-year sports venue overhaul in the city of Denver. Along with the construction of the Pepsi Center, the community also supported the construction of Coors Field for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball and Invesco Field for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Pepsi purchased the naming rights to the venue as part of its construction in 1999. In addition to hosting Denver Nuggets NBA home games, the Pepsi Center also hosts all of the home professional hockey games for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, all of the home professional football games for the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League, and all of the home professional lacrosse games for the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League. The Pepsi Center has a seating capacity of 19,309 devoted die-hard Denver Nuggets fans. The Pepsi Center has hosted numerous memorable events and concerts during its short existence including the 2001 NHL All-Star Game, the 2001 NHL Final, the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, the 2007 Men’s NCAA Frozen Four West Regional and the 2008 Men’s NCAA Frozen Four Championships. From 2004 through 2006, the Pepsi Center hosted the Men’s NCAA Mountain West Conference college basketball tournament and the Pepsi Center hosted the 1st and 2nd rounds of the Men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament in both 2004 and 2008. The Pepsis Center is slated to be the site of the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.
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The Denver Nuggets were a charter member of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and were originally called the Denver Rockets. The Denver Rockets had little success in the ABA until the final 2 years of the league’s existence. In anticipation of moving to the NBA, the Denver franchise held a contest before the 1974-1975 season in order to select a new name for the team (the Houston Rockets were already an NBA team). The name “Nuggets” won the contest. The Denver Nuggets drafted David Thompson and Marvin Webster and acquired free agents Dan Issel and Bobby Jones. New head coach Larry Brown was able to lead the newly assembled team to a franchise-best 64 wins during the 1974-1975 season, but the team lost in the division finals to the Indiana Pacers in a hotly contested 7 game series. The Denver Nuggets won 60 games during the 1975-1976 season, but they would eventually lose to the then New York Nets in the ABA Finals. The ABA collapsed following the 1975-1976 season and the NBA invited the Denver Nuggets to join its league along with the New Jersey Nets, the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs.
The Denver Nuggets enjoyed continued success in its first few seasons in the NBA. The Denver Nuggets advanced to the playoffs each of its first 3 seasons in the NBA, but it could never advance past the Western Conference Finals. During the 1980’s the Denver Nuggets often led the league in scoring behind legendary players Kiki Vandeweghe and Alex English. For 9 straight years from 1981 through 1990, the Denver Nuggets advanced to post-season play. But during that stretch, the Denver Nuggets only advanced to the Western Conference Finals once, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in only 5 games.
From 1990 through 2003, the Denver Nuggets franchise struggled through some difficult times. The team only advanced to the playoffs 3 times during that stretch winning only 1 playoff series following the 1993-1994 NBA season. In the 2003 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Carmelo Anthony from Syracuse University with its first overall pick. The Denver Nuggets have won at least 43 games each season that Anthony has played for the Nuggets, but once again, the Denver Nuggets have struggled in post-season play. They have never won an NBA playoff series with Anthony on the team, totaling an awful 4 playoffs wins in 20 games. The Denver Nuggets traded for Allen Iverson during the middle of the 2006-2007 NBA season, hoping that the addition of the all-star point guard would help solidify the team as a legitimate threat in the Western Conference, but the team is still waiting for the fruits of the trade to fully blossom.
The Denver Nuggets have retired the following players’ numbers: Alex English’s #2; David Thompson’s #33; Byron Beck’s #40; Dan Issel’s #44 and Doug Moe’s #432 (which represents the number of wins he recorded as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets.