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David Thompson


Before there was Michael Jordan, there was fellow North Carolinian, David Thompson. Nicknamed "Skywalker", Thompson dazzled Nuggets fans from 1975-82 with his incredible leaping ability, crowd-pleasing dunks and seemingly effortless scoring ability.

In his seven seasons, Thompson racked up 11,992 points - good for third on Denver's all-time scoring list. In addition, he still ranks in the top five in nearly every major scoring category in Nuggets history.

After the Nuggets acquired his draft rights in 1975, Thompson made an immediate impact. In his first year, he captured ABA and pro basketball Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 26.0 points per game. He was also named MVP of the 1976 ABA All-Star Game.

Nothing changed when the Nuggets entered the NBA. "DT" was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1977 and '78 and he made three-straight All-Star appearances, earning MVP honors in the 1979 contest. He is the only player to be named the MVP in both an ABA and NBA All-Star game.

On April 9, 1978, the 6-4 guard poured in a career-high 73 points against the Detroit Pistons. The 73 points are a Nugget single-game record and the second most ever scored by a player in a non-overtime game in NBA history.

Thompson was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in the summer of 1982, ending his seven-year illustrious career in Denver. DT was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.