The Denver Nuggets were one of the original American Basketball Association teams. Their only trip to the finals as a member of the ABA ended in a six-game loss to the New York Nets. However, Denver fans were rewarded later that summer with a spot as one of the four franchises to enter the NBA as part of the merger. The Nuggets continued to be a successful franchise, making a dozen playoff appearances in their first 14 seasons in the NBA. Only twice did they inch close to making the NBA Finals, losing both their chances in the Western Conference Finals. Denver made minimal roster adjustments ahead of the new season. Management chose to keep the core talent in place. As the team has gelled offensively, the Nuggets have immediately realized an improvement in scoring.

Home Record: 1-2 Away Record: 0-1 Conference Record: 1-3 Division Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Mike Malone Assitant Coach: David Adelman Assitant Coach: Jordi Fernandez Assitant Coach: Ryan Bowen
Assitant Coach: Charles Klask Assitant Coach: John Beckett General Manager: Tim Connelly Arena:

Nuggets Team Stats

Team Ratings Offense Stats Defense Stats
Overall OFF RTG DEF RTG PPG ORB AST TO FGM FGA 3PA 3-PM FG% 3PT% FT% Pace PPG Allow DRB AST Allow STL BLK FG% Allow 3P% Allow FORCE TO
90
92
87
105.6
342
1011
519
1553
3357
1403
472
46.3
33.6
76.6
105.6
1348
938
281
154
46.1
33.9
499

Nuggets Team Rankings

Team Rankings Offense Rankings Defense Rankings
Overall OFF RTG DEF RTG PPG ORB AST TO FGM FGA 3PA 3-PM FG% 3PT% FT% Pace PPG Allow DRB AST Allow STL BLK FG% Allow 3P% Allow FORCE TO
4
4
25
25
29
8
11
24
28
21
20
11
23
18
8
24
11
24
29
21
8
25

Nuggets Team Offensive Stats

Opponent Vegas Points Scored Shooting Rebounding Assists TO
Date Team Spread ML O/U TOT PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS FGA FGM 3PTA 3PTM 3PT% FG% DREB OREB TOT REB TOT ASS TO
1/11/22 LAC +3 +120 213 85 13 17 19 14 80 32 33 4 12.1 40 43 13 56 24 19
1/9/22 OKC +7.5 +260 214.5 99 12 3 2 2 89 37 36 13 36.1 41.6 35 18 53 28 15
1/7/22 SAC -8 -310 226 121 14 12 12 4 85 47 34 12 35.3 55.3 36 5 41 32 7
1/5/22 UTA -1 -115 227 109 18 21 15 21 88 42 36 11 30.6 47.7 36 6 42 27 12
1/3/22 DAL -2.5 -139 0 89 1 1 2 2 67 31 25 6 24 46.3 36 11 47 21 25
1/1/22 HOU +7.5 +240 220.5 124 44 69 32 36 86 46 32 10 31.2 53.5 33 13 46 33 18
12/28/21 GSW -8.5 -400 216.5 89 33 31 15 16 82 34 33 8 24.2 41.5 31 12 43 24 15
12/26/21 LAC +3.5 +135 211.5 103 37 37 17 28 95 39 41 15 36.6 41.1 38 10 48 29 14
12/23/21 CHA -3.5 -161 229.5 107 4 14 11 2 96 40 40 14 35 41.7 44 10 54 23 15
12/22/21 OKC +6.5 +220 213.5 94 18 34 14 28 84 33 44 13 29.5 39.3 35 4 39 21 11
12/17/21 ATL -3.5 -161 225.5 133 16 24 19 15 86 50 38 17 44.7 58.1 34 4 38 35 14
12/15/21 MIN -4.5 -189 223.5 107 13 11 11 3 84 38 39 14 35.9 45.2 33 9 42 33 17
12/13/21 WAS -3.5 -161 215.5 113 35 37 39 27 79 37 32 10 31.2 46.8 45 4 49 26 13
12/11/21 SAS +1.5 -110 218.5 127 2 11 2 2 93 47 43 20 46.5 50.5 31 10 41 33 11
12/9/21 SAS -2.5 -139 216.5 111 37 45 31 26 94 42 39 15 38.5 44.7 28 5 33 29 8
12/8/21 NOP +2.5 +115 213.5 120 40 33 18 29 88 45 32 9 28.1 51.1 28 5 33 28 11
12/6/21 CHI -2.5 -133 214.5 97 33 27 27 32 97 38 32 11 34.4 39.2 39 12 51 30 9
12/4/21 NYK -2.5 -139 208.5 113 52 52 56 37 84 44 43 20 46.5 52.4 34 8 42 30 13
12/1/21 ORL +7.5 +240 207.5 103 30 35 21 21 80 39 34 10 29.4 48.8 34 1 35 22 14
11/29/21 MIA -2.5 -139 206.5 120 52 50 52 40 74 43 35 18 51.4 58.1 30 5 35 32 13
11/26/21 MIL +6.5 +135 213.5 109 25 49 41 57 92 40 47 17 36.2 43.5 22 9 31 24 8
11/23/21 POR -9.5 -455 211.5 100 21 20 21 17 78 38 33 15 45.5 48.7 30 7 37 26 17
11/21/21 PHX -10.5 -556 208.5 97 19 22 12 13 90 33 38 11 28.9 36.7 30 11 41 20 10
11/19/21 CHI +2.5 +115 205.5 108 23 17 20 23 82 39 37 14 37.8 47.6 31 7 38 24 11
11/18/21 PHI -7.5 -333 209.5 89 15 19 11 13 89 32 36 12 33.3 36 36 10 46 22 10
11/15/21 DAL -5.5 -222 208.5 101 20 16 16 11 84 40 32 9 28.1 47.6 36 10 46 20 11
11/14/21 POR -6.5 -278 208.5 124 24 25 18 24 90 47 40 19 47.5 52.2 36 14 50 29 9
11/12/21 ATL -3.5 -161 215 105 45 24 42 37 90 40 35 10 28.6 44.4 39 10 49 26 7
11/10/21 IND +3 +125 205 101 24 22 26 33 84 36 30 12 40 42.9 28 11 39 19 10
11/8/21 MIA +1.5 +105 202.5 113 43 49 39 32 91 42 41 12 29.3 46.2 37 12 49 28 9
11/6/21 HOU -11.5 -667 215 95 40 30 40 35 89 36 40 9 22.5 40.4 35 10 45 19 11
11/3/21 MEM +1 -105 215.5 106 14 26 20 17 91 43 27 8 29.6 47.3 33 11 44 24 11
11/1/21 MEM -2 -133 214.5 97 19 24 11 18 88 39 38 9 23.7 44.3 34 6 40 27 12
10/30/21 MIN -1.5 -125 219.5 93 38 33 43 40 88 36 37 9 24.3 40.9 34 14 48 24 18
10/29/21 DAL -4 -175 217 106 18 15 20 12 83 43 36 11 30.6 51.8 46 5 51 28 19
10/26/21 UTA -7.5 -303 218.5 110 18 19 15 11 83 42 28 10 35.7 50.6 30 5 35 19 13
10/25/21 CLE -9.5 -500 220 87 11 10 11 4 86 35 38 9 23.7 40.7 36 11 47 21 21
10/22/21 SAS -7.5 -333 222 102 41 43 41 36 86 44 30 9 30 51.2 33 8 41 26 21
10/20/21 PHX -6 -238 224 110 23 22 30 22 83 44 39 17 43.6 53 40 6 46 25 17

Nuggets Team Defensive Stats

Opponent Vegas Points Allowed Shooting (Allowed) Rebounding (Allowed) AST Allow Defensive
Date Team Spread ML O/U TOT PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS FGA FGM 3PTA 3PTM 3PT% FG% DREB OREB TOT REB TOT ASS BLK STL
1/11/22 LAC +3 -142 213 87 12 7 20 24 84 34 34 10 29.4 40.5 28 3 31 23 2 4
1/9/22 OKC +7.5 -333 214.5 95 3 3 3 2 88 38 38 9 23.7 43.2 30 11 41 29 2 7
1/7/22 SAC -8 +250 226 111 4 12 12 10 92 40 29 11 37.9 43.5 35 12 47 21 7 5
1/5/22 UTA -1 -105 227 115 18 21 21 19 92 43 41 14 34.1 46.7 36 8 44 22 4 2
1/3/22 DAL -2.5 +115 0 103 2 1 2 2 78 35 37 14 37.8 44.9 23 5 28 23 1 6
1/1/22 HOU +7.5 -303 220.5 111 45 35 28 54 85 37 42 16 38.1 43.5 23 13 36 20 6 10
12/28/21 GSW -8.5 +310 216.5 86 17 22 27 27 71 30 32 10 31.2 42.3 35 8 43 20 4 10
12/26/21 LAC +3.5 -161 211.5 100 35 29 32 20 86 40 26 8 30.8 46.5 38 8 46 26 4 7
12/23/21 CHA -3.5 +135 229.5 115 4 3 3 14 94 39 47 16 34 41.5 38 12 50 28 2 7
12/22/21 OKC +6.5 -278 213.5 108 28 32 28 20 94 42 34 8 23.5 44.7 45 15 60 22 5 7
12/17/21 ATL -3.5 +135 225.5 115 14 15 18 15 88 41 24 7 29.2 46.6 27 10 37 22 7 9
12/15/21 MIN -4.5 +155 223.5 124 16 14 13 3 88 45 48 23 47.9 51.1 33 6 39 24 3 5
12/13/21 WAS -3.5 +135 215.5 107 27 23 35 45 90 41 34 12 35.3 45.6 35 6 41 25 2 8
12/11/21 SAS +1.5 -110 218.5 112 2 2 1 2 89 41 27 10 37 46.1 31 14 45 28 8 9
12/9/21 SAS -2.5 +115 216.5 123 47 47 33 29 88 46 35 15 42.9 52.3 40 14 54 32 5 7
12/8/21 NOP +2.5 -139 213.5 114 38 27 23 32 90 47 30 11 36.7 52.2 36 10 46 32 4 12
12/6/21 CHI -2.5 +110 214.5 109 22 34 38 39 91 41 35 13 37.1 45.1 42 13 55 25 2 5
12/4/21 NYK -2.5 +115 208.5 99 44 42 38 49 88 35 40 12 30 39.8 24 16 40 23 6 10
12/1/21 ORL +7.5 -303 207.5 108 16 33 33 30 81 44 27 6 22.2 54.3 38 1 39 26 4 5
11/29/21 MIA -2.5 +115 206.5 111 37 32 57 53 91 43 44 15 34.1 47.3 27 12 39 32 1 2
11/26/21 MIL +6.5 -278 213.5 120 43 49 51 48 73 46 33 16 48.5 63 39 5 44 24 2 9
11/23/21 POR -9.5 +340 211.5 119 26 26 19 23 88 45 39 15 38.5 51.1 31 12 43 25 5 6
11/21/21 PHX -10.5 +400 208.5 126 33 17 18 18 87 46 36 11 30.6 52.9 41 10 51 33 1 5
11/19/21 CHI +2.5 -139 205.5 114 23 18 27 20 93 41 31 8 25.8 44.1 33 17 50 19 5 5
11/18/21 PHI -7.5 +260 209.5 103 16 22 19 10 85 43 29 11 37.9 50.6 39 6 45 22 4 6
11/15/21 DAL -5.5 +180 208.5 111 22 5 19 20 90 45 36 14 38.9 50 34 10 44 30 5 4
11/14/21 POR -6.5 +220 208.5 95 13 26 19 12 80 35 39 13 33.3 43.8 28 7 35 22 1 8
11/12/21 ATL -3.5 +135 215 96 35 30 33 38 93 38 28 5 17.9 40.9 36 14 50 20 5 6
11/10/21 IND +3 -149 205 98 21 25 22 34 84 40 31 11 35.5 47.6 38 10 48 22 4 5
11/8/21 MIA +1.5 -125 202.5 96 36 34 30 37 78 31 36 13 36.1 39.7 31 6 37 22 5 7
11/6/21 HOU -11.5 +475 215 94 41 30 36 35 75 35 28 8 28.6 46.7 40 7 47 19 5 10
11/3/21 MEM +1 -115 215.5 108 27 14 16 22 81 42 34 16 47.1 51.9 33 3 36 28 4 7
11/1/21 MEM -2 +110 214.5 106 23 22 16 18 97 44 34 13 38.2 45.4 44 11 55 20 8 8
10/30/21 MIN -1.5 +105 219.5 91 53 25 43 30 90 35 41 13 31.7 38.9 31 16 47 21 11 11
10/29/21 DAL -4 +145 217 75 13 14 4 12 78 23 37 8 21.6 29.5 30 6 36 14 3 8
10/26/21 UTA -7.5 +240 218.5 122 20 18 14 18 85 44 39 12 30.8 51.8 33 8 41 20 3 9
10/25/21 CLE -9.5 +375 220 99 13 4 12 11 82 38 25 7 28 46.3 38 11 49 26 3 10
10/22/21 SAS -7.5 +260 222 96 35 44 32 41 84 40 24 6 25 47.6 32 7 39 24 2 10
10/20/21 PHX -6 +195 224 98 17 33 21 14 87 36 37 14 37.8 41.4 34 11 45 23 1 9

Nuggets Team Leaders

Points Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 25.7
W. Barton: 15.1
A. Gordon: 14.2
M. Morris: 12.7
J. Green: 10.1
Assists Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 7
M. Morris: 4.2
W. Barton: 4.2
F. Campazzo: 4
A. Gordon: 2.1
Rebounds Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 14.1
M. Porter Jr.: 6.6
A. Gordon: 5.6
W. Barton: 5
J. Green: 3.7
Steals Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 1.3
M. Porter Jr.: 1.1
D. Reed: 1.1
F. Campazzo: 1.1
W. Barton: 0.9
Blocks per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 0.8
A. Gordon: 0.6
J. Green: 0.5
J. Green: 0.5
F. Campazzo: 0.5

Nuggets Player Stats

NAME RTG MINS PTS AST REB STL Blk TO FG% FGM 3PTM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT%
Aaron Gordon
79
1145 513 77 203 22 22 60 52.8 199 34 109 31.2 0 81 111 73
Will Barton
80
1116 513 144 169 30 15 64 42.2 196 79 219 36.1 0 42 52 80.8
Nikola Jokic
93
1114 874 238 480 45 27 124 56.2 342 51 144 35.4 0 139 180 77.2
Monte Morris
76
1077 456 152 98 27 5 45 48.1 187 61 159 38.4 0 21 29 72.4
Jeff Green
75
887 364 41 110 10 18 39 49.6 131 28 88 31.8 0 74 93 79.6
Facundo Campazzo
79
836 248 153 84 42 19 47 37.9 80 44 134 32.8 0 44 54 81.5
Austin Rivers
73
593 165 31 53 14 2 23 38.6 61 32 103 31.1 0 11 18 61.1
JaMychal Green
73
521 201 28 128 24 17 32 43.7 73 19 76 25 0 36 42 85.7
Bones Hyland
73
481 226 45 63 15 6 26 35.1 78 42 136 30.9 0 28 32 87.5
PJ Dozier
73
338 97 29 63 11 6 13 36.4 36 15 48 31.2 0 10 13 76.9
Zeke Nnaji
70
337 131 8 69 5 7 7 46.4 45 21 44 47.7 0 20 35 57.1
Michael Porter Jr.
85
264 89 17 59 10 2 12 35.9 37 10 48 20.8 0 5 9 55.6
Davon Reed
68
233 56 18 45 15 2 4 43.1 22 8 23 34.8 0 4 5 80
Rodney McGruder
74
160 42 11 28 3 2 8 38.6 17 5 21 23.8 0 3 4 75
Vlatko Cancar
71
152 60 13 23 2 3 8 56.4 22 7 12 58.3 0 9 12 75
Markus Howard
67
115 69 5 5 6 0 6 35.5 22 18 46 39.1 0 7 8 87.5
James Ennis III
67
46 25 0 10 2 2 2 50 9 3 6 50 0 4 4 100
Petr Cornelie
73
37 14 3 14 1 1 4 33.3 5 1 8 12.5 0 3 4 75
Rayjon Tucker
68
29 6 4 4 1 0 0 50 1 1 2 50 0 3 4 75
Carlik Jones
67
23 4 5 3 1 0 3 11.1 1 0 1 0 0 2 2 100
Jamal Murray
87
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Denver would close out the 1980s getting swept out of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The Nuggets would begin a downward spiral that would encompass the next 13 seasons. Denver would make but two playoff appearances, getting to the conference semifinals once. Beginning in 2003, the Nuggets would improve enough to become a consistent playoff team. However, they consistently were swiftly eliminated. Denver won a total of four playoff games across five straight first-round exits. In 2008-09, Denver won their first of back-to-back Northwest Division crowns, only to get bumped by the Los Angeles Lakers in their third attempt to make the NBA Finals. The Nuggets would follow that conference finals loss up with four more first-round losing efforts.

Denver would begin another five-year playoff hiatus, never finishing better than fourth in the division. Two seasons ago, things began to change. The Nuggets won their first of another set of back-to-back Northwest Division titles. They played the Portland Trail Blazers into a seventh game in the semifinals at the end of the 2018-19 season and inched closer to the franchise's first trip to the NBA Finals last year. Denver put together a solid season behind a wealth of young talent, but the eventual NBA Champion Lakers were too strong. Denver will benefit from any improvements on defense to complement what has become a top-10 scoring offense. As the season unfolds, the Nuggets have the talent to once again challenge the elite for the Western Conference title, and hopefully Denver's first trip to the NBA Finals.