Jusuf Nurkic Memory
Jusuf Nurkic signed with Denver in 2014 after the Nuggets acquired him through a draft-day trade with the Chicago Bulls. As the 16th overall pick, 7-foot Nurkic averaged 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 28 games for Cedevita Zagreb of the Adriatic League in 2013-14. During his rookie season with the Nuggets in 2014-15, he tallied 6.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in 62 games. Recovering from knee surgery back in May, Nurkic hopes to ring in the New Year with his season debut on Saturday, January 2, 2016 against the Golden State Warriors.
Nikola Jokic Memory
The Denver Nuggets selected Nikola Jokic in the second round (41st overall) on June 26 at the 2014 NBA Draft. Twenty-year-old Jokic was chosen after playing two years in the Adriatic League for the European team, Mega Vizura. The Sombor, Serbia native tallied 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his international-professional career. At 6’11” 250-pounds, Jokic currently averages 9.1 points and 1.3 assists per game while in his rookie season with the Nuggets.
Joffrey Lauvergne Memory
After the 6’11” 220-pound forward was drafted in 2013, the Nuggets acquired Joffrey Lauvergne via trade and signed him on Feb. 19, 2015. Before inking a deal with Denver, the Mulhouse, France native played for BC Khimki in the Russian Super League where he averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. This NBA season, Lauvergne has tallied 8.9 points per contest, while maintaining an average of 6.3 rebounds.
Jameer Nelson Memory
Jameer Nelson originally wore a Nuggets jersey after Denver selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 draft. He was subsequently traded to Orlando, before Denver reacquired him last season via trade.
As a member of the Nuggets' 2015-16 season, Nelson has averaged 8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 25 games. The Pennsylvania native scored a season-high 20 points on Dec. 11, 2015 against Minnesota, pushing Denver to a 111-108 victory over the Timberwolves.
Emmanuel Mudiay Memory
The 6'5" two-hundred pound rookie did not always have large enough hands to hold a basketball. Mudiay developed his on-court skills as a youngster during pretend-play with his brothers.
Gary Harris Memory
The apple, or should we say ornament, doesn't fall far from the tree. Before Harris was old enough to walk, he grew up watching his mother from the sidelines while she played in the WNBA.
Danilo Gallinari Memory
Sometimes, natural talent leads to passion – Danilo Gallinari's love of the game is evident, and it was passed on to him from his father at a young age.
Randy Foye Memory
Sometimes, natural talent leads to passion – rather than the other way around. For Denver Nuggets sharpshooter Randy Foye, his deep love for the game began a little later in life than it does for some: when he was in college at Villanova University.
Will Barton Memory
It comes as no surprise that Will Barton has been passionate about basketball since he was little. As a child, he could always be found dribbling wherever he went... And his love for the game has only grown stronger today.
Kenneth Faried Memory
While most people develop passions at an early age, Faried’s love of basketball was developed before he was even old enough to step foot on the court.