Denver Nuggets A to Z: Charting the O's

by Aaron Lopez

Orlando Woolridge. Otis Smith. Jawann Oldham. Doug Overton.

In the 38-year NBA history of the Denver Nuggets, those are the four players whose first or last names started with O.

That makes it pretty easy to cover all the bases as we continue a month-long look at the Nuggets from A to Z.

Woolridge, acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers for a pair of future second-round draft picks on Aug. 8, 1990, was the most accomplished NBA player of the O quartet. The sixth overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft, he averaged 25.1 points in his only season in Denver and 12.7 points in his 13-year career with seven teams.

Smith, Denver’s second-round pick in 1986, played a limited role for the Nuggets under coach Doug Moe and was traded to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 2, 1987. He went on to play four more seasons with the Warriors and Orlando Magic.

Oldham was a 7-footer born on the Fourth of July. He appeared in just four games with the Nuggets in 1980-81 after being selected by Denver in the second round of the 1980 Draft.

As for Overton, he and Don MacLean came to Denver in a trade that sent Robert Pack to the Washington Wizards on Oct. 30, 1996. He played 55 games for the Nuggets before his contract expired at the end of the 1996-97 season. Overton ended up playing for eight teams in 11 seasons.

Game to remember, Feb. 23, 1991

In one of the most entertaining games of the season, Woolridge scored 34 points on 14-of-17 shooting as the Nuggets outlasted Golden State 150-145 at McNichols Arena. Michael Adams led all scorers with 41 points to help Denver snap a seven-game losing streak.