The Denver Nuggets have a chance to win the lottery and the top overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Yes, it’s a small chance – but certainly one worth salivating over!

Here’s how it works: Denver finished with the 11th worst record in the NBA, so the Nuggets will most likely draft 11th or 12th unless….

We get lucky.

On May 20, each of the 14 lottery teams will have a chance to draw into the top-three slots in the draft. The worse record you had, the better chance you have of garnering a great pick.

For a clinic on unselfish play, the NBA should distribute copies of the Denver Nuggets’ game against the Golden State Warriors on April 21, 1989.

Led by Fat Lever’s 23 assists, the Nuggets finished with a franchise-record 52 assists in a 139-121 road win in Oakland, Calif.

Lever tied Larry Brown’s single-game franchise assist record as part of a remarkable night. He also had 15 points, 13 rebounds and five steals en route to his eighth triple-double of the season.

Former Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo was often a one-man swat team.

That was never more true than on April 18, 1993.

Nearing the end of his second NBA season, the 7-foot-2 Mutombo tied Julius Keye’s franchise record with 12 blocked shots as Denver beat the Los Angeles Clippers 94-83 at McNichols Arena.

The block party was part of a monster effort by Mutombo, who also finished with 16 points and 21 rebounds.

Current Nuggets assistant Lester Conner had four points and four assists for the Clippers in that game.

It was sweater weather inside Pepsi Center.

More accurately, sweater-vest weather.

In a show of appreciation for longtime athletic trainer Jim Gillen, the Nuggets coaching staff and several members of the organization donned sweater vests for Denver’s season finale against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

“That was the coolest thing,” Gillen said. “There were more sweater vests in the arena than a JC Penny warehouse.”

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