Tracking the 1993-94 Denver Nuggets

by Aaron Lopez

On Monday, March 17, the Denver Nuggets will celebrate the 1993-94 team that became the first No. 8 seed to win a playoff series when they upset the top-seeded Seattle SuperSonics.

Here is a look at the roster and where each player is 20 years later:

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Guard

An excellent shooter and playmaker, Abdul-Rauf led the Nuggets in scoring and assists. After his nine-year NBA career, he spent nearly a decade playing overseas and now spends time between his native Mississippi and Georgia.

Kevin Brooks, Forward

Playing limited minutes off the bench, Brooks averaged 2.5 points in 34 games. After the 1993-94 season, he spent 10 years playing in the CBA and overseas. He helped the Adelaide 36ers win back-to-back Australian National Basketball League titles in the late 90s and now is an assistant coach with the team.

LaPhonso Ellis, Forward

The heart and soul of Denver’s roster, Ellis averaged 15.4 points and 9.1 rebounds while playing all 82 games. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2003. He lives in South Bend, Ind., and works as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

Tom Hammonds, Forward

Bringing broad-shouldered brawn off the bench, Hammonds was an enforcer inside. He averaged 4.1 points but his primary role was defense and rebounding. He played for four teams in 13 NBA season and now splits time between Colorado and Florida, where he owns a construction business.

Darnell Mee, Guard

Along with Rodney Rogers, Mee was one of two rookies for the Nuggets in 1993-94. After two NBA seasons, he played 14 years overseas and is now an assistant coach with the Moberly Area Community College men’s basketball team in Missouri.

Dikembe Mutombo, Center

Mt. Mutombo was the centerpiece of Denver’s interior defense. He led the NBA with 336 blocked shots and finished sixth in rebounding at 11.8 per game. Mutombo enjoyed an 18-year NBA career before retiring in 2009. He now works as a global ambassador for the NBA and remains active as a humanitarian in his native Democratic Republic of Congo.

Robert Pack, Guard

Quick and athletic, Pack was an excellent change-of-pace option for coach Dan Issel off the bench. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.4 assists during the regular season and hit several clutch 3-pointers during the playoffs. Pack played 13 NBA seasons and currently is an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Mark Randall, Forward

A former first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls, Randall appeared in 28 games for the Nuggets in 1993-94, averaging 2.1 points in limited minutes. The Denver native retired in 1995 after four NBA seasons and now works as a community ambassador for the Nuggets.

Rodney Rogers, Forward

One of two rookies on the team, Rogers averaged 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in a reserve role. His most memorable moment took place when he scored nine points in 9 seconds against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 8, 1994. Rogers retired in 2005 and was paralyzed in an ATV accident in 2008. He later started the Rodney Rogers Foundation to help others facing similar challenges.

Bryant Stith, Guard

Big, strong and athletic, Stith was an excellent defender who also could finish when the Nuggets got out in transition. He averaged 12.5 points and finished second on the team in steals. Stith played 10 years in the NBA and currently is an assistant coach with the Old Dominion men’s basketball team.

Brian Williams, Center

Another member of Denver’s steady second unit, Williams was an excellent offensive rebounder who could also get out and run. He later changed his name to Bison Dele and played eight NBA seasons. In 2002, Dele went missing while sailing on a catamaran in the South Pacific. The circumstances of his disappearance remain unknown 12 years later.

Reggie Williams, Guard

At 29 years old, Williams was the wily, wiry veteran on the 1993-94 team. He averaged 13 points and made a team-leading 64 3-pointers while playing all 82 games. Williams spent 10 seasons in the NBA and later went on to coach at the high school and junior college levels in the Washington, D.C., area.