Denver Nuggets A to Z: Michael Adams

Guard helped bring the 3-pointer into vogue
by Aaron Lopez

From Alex English to Zendon Hamilton, more than 340 players have suited up for the Denver Nuggets since the team joined the NBA in 1976.

The all-time roster includes All-Stars, Hall of Famers, benchwarmers and everything in between.

As part of a month-long tribute to some of the most popular players to call Denver home, we are taking a look at the Nuggets from A to Z.

First up: Michael Adams

As NBA teams tried to figure out how to incorporate the 3-point line into their game plan in the 1980s, Adams brought 3-pointer en vogue while playing for the Nuggets from 1987-91.

At 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, Adams was a speedy guard who could blow past defenders in transition or simply pull up to drain a dagger from the 3-point line. He set an NBA record by making at least one 3-pointer in 79 straight games from Jan. 28, 1988 to Jan. 23, 1989.

The mark was surpassed by Dana Barros (89 consecutive games) in 1996. Kyle Korver then leapfrogged both Adams and Barros last season when his streak reached 127 games before ending last season.

Adams remains second on Denver’s career list with 630 3-pointers, and he boasts the fourth- and fifth-highest single-season totals in franchise history.

Playing alongside Nuggets greats English and Fat Lever in the late 80s, Adams was a catalyst in the great offenses under coach Doug Moe. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 assists as Denver advanced to the Western Conference finals in 1987-88.

Adams averaged a team-leading 26.5 points in 1990-91 before being traded to the Washington Wizards on June 11, 1991.

Game to Remember, Jan. 31, 1991

Adams did it all for the Nuggets against the New Jersey Nets at McNichols Arena. Leading the uptempo offense for coach Paul Westhead, Adams scored 45 points and added 11 rebounds and 12 assists for his first career triple-double. Denver held on for a 123-119 victory to run its winning streak to a season-best five games.

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