Denver Nuggets A to Z: The Y Guys

Yakhouba Diawara and Vincent Yarbrough manned the wing in 2000s
by Aaron Lopez

Yakhouba and Yarbrough. A pair of 6-foot-7 wings born 17 months apart.

They represent the Y Generation for the Denver Nuggets.

As part of a month-long tribute to notable and memorable players in franchise history, we are taking a look at the Nuggets from A to Z.

Y is for Yakhouba Diawara and Vincent Yarbrough.

After averaging 18.1 points and earning a spot on the All-SEC first team as a senior at Tennessee, Yarbrough was selected 33rd overall by Denver in the 2002 NBA Draft. He scored 10 points in his NBA debut and averaged 6.9 points while starting 39 games in his one season with the Nuggets.

Diawara, a native of France, arrived four years after Yarbrough. He played two years at Pepperdine before joining Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2006.

A strong perimeter defender, Diawara, was a part-time starter during his two seasons with the Nuggets. He averaged 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 118 games before signing with the Miami Heat as a free agent in 2008.

Game to remember, Oct. 31, 2007

Diawara scored 12 points as the Nuggets routed the Seattle SuperSonics 120-103 in their 2007-08 season-opener at Pepsi Center. Starting at shooting guard, Diawara made 5-of-8 shots and added three rebounds and three assists.

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