As a continuation of their 50th anniversary season, the Denver Nuggets are unveiling the Top 50 Players in franchise history, as determined by the rankings submitted by over a dozen local media members who cover or have covered the team. Each day at 8:50 a.m. for the final 50 days of the 2017-18 regular season, one player on the Top 50 list will be revealed via @nuggets Twitter account, until the No. 1 overall player is revealed on April 11, 2018.
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Alex English led the Nuggets to nine consecutive playoff appearances, two Midwest Division titles, and the 1985 Western Conference Finals. He was the leading scorer in 55% of the games he played.
On April 9, 1978, the last day of the regular NBA season, Thompson scored 73 points. He is one of just six players to score 70 or more points in an NBA game.
Mutombo established himself as one of the league's best defensive players, regularly putting up big rebound and block numbers.
While playing for Denver, Anthony led the Nuggets to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010, winning two division titles in that span.
Lafayette "Fat" Lever
Fat Lever was considered one of the NBA's best point guards in the late 1980s. He is the Nuggets' all-time franchise leader in steals and was 2nd in career assists.
Wearing number 44, Issel is the Nuggets' second all-time leading scorer. He accumulated over 27,000 points in his combined ABA and NBA career.
During the 2010–11 season, he averaged 16.5 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, and 2.5 rebounds per game in 32.3 minutes per game. His .441 three point field goal percentage was a career high.
Nikola Jokić recorded the quickest triple-double in NBA history in 14 minutes and 33 seconds, besting Jim Tucker's previous record of 17 minutes from 1955.
As a member of the Nuggets, VanDeWeghe was twice selected to the NBA Western Conference All-Star team, in 1983 and 1984. He was second in scoring in 1983, averaging 26.7 points.
McDyess's explosive leaping and power dunking ability allowed him to average 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over his first six seasons.
Camby played for the Nuggets from 2002 - 2008 and was one of the best defensive players of all time. Camby was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 leading the league in blocked shots per game.
Iverson played for the Nuggets from 2006 - 2008. Iverson averaged 3.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists and his scoring average of 26.7 points per game ranks seventh all-time.
Ellis played for the Nuggets from 1992 – 1998 and was named to the 1992–93 All-Rookie first team. Ellis had his best season in 1996–97, leading the Nuggets with 21.9 points per game.
Miller played for the Nuggets from 2003 - 2004 and again from 2011 - 2014. Miller had a career average of 12.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and ranks 10th all time in NBA career assists.
Abdul-Rauf played for the Nuggets from 1990 - 1996 and was one of the greatest free-throw shooters of all time. Mahmoud posted a career-high 51 points against the Jazz in 1995.
Beck played for the Denver Rockets, who later became the Denver Nuggets, from 1967 - 1977. Beck was known for his tenacious rebounding, efficient hook shot, and represented Denver in 2 All-Star Games.
Michael Adams played for the Nuggets from 1988 - 1991. Adams had his best season in 1990 - 1991, averaging 26.5 points (including a 54-point game) and 10.5 assists per game.
Calvin Natt played for the Nuggets from 1984 - 1989. Natt had a career average of 17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Gary Harris joined the Nuggets in 2014. On Dec. 13, 2017, Harris scored a career-high 36 points in a 124–118 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Nick Van Exel
Over four seasons Van Exel put up averages of 17.7 ppg and 8.4 apg, averaging 21.4 ppg through 45 games of the 2001–02 season.
Kenyon Martin played for the Nuggets from 2004 - 2011. Martin has a career average of 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
On January 22, 2018, Murray scored a career-high 38 points, including a three-point play in the final minute, as the Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104–101.
During the 2012-13 season Gallinari appeared in 71 games (all starts), averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.5 minutes. He also led the team with 135 3-pointers.
In 77 games as a starter during the 2002-03 season, Juwan Howard garnered 18 double-doubles while averaging 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
In his rookie season, Haywood led the ABA in scoring at 30.0 points per game and rebounding at 19.5 rebounds per game while leading the Rockets to the ABA's Western Division Title.
Simpson had his finest season in 1971–1972, in which he averaged 27.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. He represented the franchise in five ABA All-Star games.
Bobby Jones was one of the most admired defenders ever to wear an NBA uniform; he was also considered one of the most virtuous.
On April 13, 2009, Smith scored an NBA career-high 45 points as part of a 118–98 home win over the Sacramento Kings. He made a franchise-record 11 three-pointers during the game.
On November 11, 2004, Boykins scored 32 points in a 117–109 Nuggets' home win over the Detroit Pistons, making him the shortest player in NBA history to score 30 or more points during a game.
The first Brazilian ever to be selected in the first round of the draft. Nenê began the 2002–03 season as a bench player, but ended it as a starter, averaging 10.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
During his rookie year while playing the Utah Jazz on February 8, 1994, Rogers hit three 3-pointers in a span of nine seconds to bring the Nuggets from a 94-86 deficit to a 95-94 lead.
A 6'5" shooting guard, Stith was selected from the University of Virginia with the 13th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1992 NBA draft.
T.R. Dunn was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team three times during his career, and he was widely regarded as one of the best rebounding guards of the 1980s.
Robert Pack was known as one of the game's better dunkers during the first half of the 1990s and one of the more spectacular in-game dunkers of all time among smaller players.
Over his career, Davis averaged 18.9 points, 3.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. Davis was affectionately known as "The Greyhound" for his speedy style and sleek physical appearance.
Bill Hanzlik played in the NBA for ten years, eight with the Denver Nuggets. He was a 1986 All-Defense second team selection.
On April 9, 2011, Lawson became the first player in NBA history to make his first 10 three-point attempts to start a game. He finished the game with a career-high 37 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Jalen Rose was selected 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1994 NBA draft. A left-handed player, Rose was known to have a smooth and versatile offensive game.
Dale Ellis played for the Denver Nuggets from 1994 - 1997. He has a career average of 15.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
James Posey was selected out of Xavier University by the Denver Nuggets with the 18th pick of the 1999 NBA draft. He played three seasons with the Nuggets.
In his NBA career, Cooper played in 984 games and scored a total of 7,777 points. His best season as a professional came during the 1985-86 NBA season as a member of the Nuggets.
Arron Afflalo played for the Nuggets from 2009 - 2012 and then again in 2014-15. He has a career average of 10.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Will Barton joined the Nuggets in 2015. On November 30, 2017, Barton capped a career-high 37 points with a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left to lift the Nuggets to a 111–110 win over Chicago.
Wilson Chandler joined the Denver Nuggets in 2011 and is the longest tenured player on the current roster. He has a career average of 13.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Kenneth "The Manimal" Faried
Kenneth Faried was the MVP of the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, where he recorded a double-double with 40 points on 18-for-22 shooting and 10 rebounds.
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Chris Andersen became the first D-League player called up by an NBA team, signing with the Denver Nuggets on November 21, 2001 after just two games for Fayetteville.
Mike Evans was widely regarded throughout his career as an excellent 3-point shooter, being among the league leaders in that statistical category for several years.
During the 2010–11 season, Harrington averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 22.8 minutes per game. The Nuggets finished 50-32 that season, 5th best in the Western Conference.
In the 1987-88 playoffs Danny Schayes averaged 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He was 4th in the NBA with a .640 true shooting percentage.
Ryan Bowen was a second-round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets in the 1998 NBA Draft. He played his rookie season at Oyak Renault in the Turkish Basketball League before joining the Nuggets in 1999.