Denver Nuggets Team Stats 2021 Nuggets Team Stats

47-25, 2nd in West Northwest

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
115.1
758
1933
923
3114
6422
2462
927
48.5
37.7
80.3
110.1
2442
1864
582
323
46.9
36.3
1014

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
8
8
6
12
4
9
16
15
4
8
7
8
19
24
8
21
19
11
14

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
5/24/21 POR -2 -135 224.5 128 31 42 28 27 86 46 28 12 42.9 53.5 25 10 35 29 12
5/22/21 POR -1 -115 226 109 30 31 25 23 93 47 36 11 30.6 50.5 37 11 48 22 8
5/16/21 POR 0 0 0 116 22 33 29 32 98 44 37 14 37.8 44.9 26 10 36 20 6
5/14/21 DET 0 0 0 104 29 28 30 17 86 42 32 9 28.1 48.8 40 9 49 29 11
5/13/21 MIN 0 0 0 114 35 28 29 22 96 46 36 12 33.3 47.9 39 14 53 30 12
5/11/21 CHA 0 0 0 117 38 25 28 26 83 41 33 13 39.4 49.4 28 10 38 26 17
5/8/21 BKN 0 0 0 119 37 34 33 15 92 42 41 14 34.1 45.7 23 10 33 21 12
5/7/21 UTA 0 0 0 120 41 32 26 21 83 43 38 17 44.7 51.8 29 9 38 31 17
5/5/21 NYK 0 0 0 113 34 30 25 24 98 37 39 12 30.8 37.8 46 18 64 23 13
5/3/21 LAL 0 0 0 89 24 18 23 24 82 36 24 6 25 43.9 35 6 41 22 12
5/1/21 LAC 0 0 0 110 27 25 31 27 80 39 32 12 37.5 48.8 36 8 44 26 10
4/29/21 TOR 0 0 0 121 30 29 28 34 92 44 35 12 34.3 47.8 33 14 47 22 12
4/28/21 NOP 0 0 0 114 35 25 27 27 85 43 32 10 31.3 50.6 35 3 38 26 18
4/26/21 MEM 0 0 0 120 21 37 27 35 94 45 33 11 33.3 47.9 40 8 48 25 11
4/24/21 HOU 0 0 0 129 36 36 30 27 84 50 37 16 43.2 59.5 35 1 36 36 14
4/23/21 GSW 0 0 0 97 24 26 24 23 88 34 46 13 28.3 38.6 30 6 36 26 9
4/21/21 POR 0 0 0 106 35 25 22 24 88 39 39 13 33.3 44.3 30 16 46 24 13
4/19/21 MEM 0 0 0 139 27 29 31 29 102 51 39 15 38.5 50 45 13 58 30 24
4/16/21 HOU 0 0 0 128 35 34 31 28 94 46 31 9 29 48.9 36 18 54 22 9
4/14/21 MIA 0 0 0 123 26 34 36 27 89 48 36 17 47.2 53.9 32 11 43 32 10
4/12/21 GSW 0 0 0 107 32 29 22 24 83 39 26 8 30.8 47 31 10 41 23 19
4/11/21 BOS 0 0 0 87 27 24 28 8 88 32 34 8 23.5 36.4 33 13 46 23 9
4/9/21 SAS 0 0 0 121 36 25 35 25 79 43 27 14 51.9 54.4 37 9 46 32 18
4/7/21 SAS 0 0 0 106 30 24 27 25 91 40 26 8 30.8 44 41 12 53 26 17
4/6/21 DET 0 0 0 134 39 37 33 25 94 56 31 14 45.2 59.6 31 13 44 36 10
4/4/21 ORL 0 0 0 119 23 24 38 34 88 43 29 9 31 48.9 35 19 54 27 14
4/1/21 LAC 0 0 0 101 31 31 19 20 81 39 25 13 52 48.1 31 7 38 28 13
3/30/21 PHI 0 0 0 104 44 24 20 16 81 39 31 12 38.7 48.1 42 9 51 26 20
3/28/21 ATL 0 0 0 126 31 34 32 29 92 50 36 15 41.7 54.3 34 15 49 32 10
3/26/21 NOP 0 0 0 113 26 28 31 28 93 47 28 14 50 50.5 25 11 36 28 8
3/24/21 TOR 0 0 0 111 30 24 27 30 98 41 43 14 32.6 41.8 29 17 46 25 11
3/23/21 ORL 0 0 0 110 30 31 19 30 91 45 30 8 26.7 49.5 39 13 52 25 10
3/21/21 NOP 0 0 0 108 30 21 29 28 88 44 34 12 35.3 50 27 10 37 30 15
3/19/21 CHI 0 0 0 131 20 27 34 35 91 48 34 14 41.2 52.7 34 9 43 29 13
3/17/21 CHA 0 0 0 129 26 31 38 34 90 52 44 16 36.4 57.8 40 8 48 37 15
3/13/21 DAL 0 0 0 103 29 22 22 30 90 37 41 16 39 41.1 29 12 41 27 9
3/12/21 MEM 0 0 0 103 26 27 28 22 92 41 37 13 35.1 44.6 36 9 45 27 9
3/4/21 IND 0 0 0 113 28 33 21 31 77 45 28 12 42.9 58.4 35 6 41 27 19
3/2/21 MIL 0 0 0 128 37 27 35 29 95 53 30 11 36.7 55.8 36 9 45 28 10
3/1/21 CHI 0 0 0 118 37 25 27 29 87 46 27 10 37 52.9 41 9 50 22 12
3/1/21 CHI 0 0 0 118 37 25 27 29 87 46 27 10 37 52.9 41 9 50 22 12
2/27/21 OKC 0 0 0 126 38 27 34 27 89 49 31 15 48.4 55.1 43 6 49 30 12
2/25/21 WAS 0 0 0 110 22 32 34 22 85 37 38 15 39.5 43.5 32 12 44 23 18
2/23/21 POR 0 0 0 111 34 23 21 33 94 40 36 14 38.9 42.6 30 10 40 25 1
2/21/21 ATL 0 0 0 115 33 23 20 39 84 43 36 16 44.4 51.2 30 3 33 25 13
2/19/21 CLE 0 0 0 120 33 36 26 25 80 46 31 15 48.4 57.5 31 6 37 24 15
2/17/21 WAS 0 0 0 128 41 23 29 35 92 48 38 17 44.7 52.2 32 10 42 23 11
2/16/21 BOS 0 0 0 99 26 28 21 24 84 38 34 9 26.5 45.2 27 11 38 25 17
2/14/21 LAL 0 0 0 122 33 40 30 19 85 39 47 19 40.4 45.9 38 9 47 28 9
2/12/21 OKC 0 0 0 97 16 24 30 27 87 40 40 10 25 46 34 7 41 24 13
2/10/21 CLE 0 0 0 133 34 30 36 33 85 51 36 16 44.4 60 35 4 39 31 11
2/8/21 MIL 0 0 0 112 42 20 26 24 94 41 36 15 41.7 43.6 30 8 38 22 9
2/6/21 SAC 0 0 0 114 25 27 29 33 97 45 35 13 37.1 46.4 34 13 47 30 9
2/4/21 LAL 0 0 0 93 30 28 17 18 92 36 28 8 28.6 39.1 27 16 43 19 15
1/31/21 UTA 0 0 0 128 43 36 24 25 87 47 28 18 64.3 54 32 7 39 28 8
1/29/21 SAS 0 0 0 109 30 25 31 23 78 41 31 14 45.2 52.6 30 7 37 25 15
1/27/21 MIA 0 0 0 109 26 32 16 35 92 42 43 14 32.6 45.7 37 12 49 29 13
1/25/21 DAL 0 0 0 117 38 32 22 25 79 40 35 15 42.9 50.6 35 14 49 25 16
1/23/21 PHX 0 0 0 120 28 30 15 25 97 40 36 15 41.7 41.2 53 12 65 22 16
1/22/21 PHX 0 0 0 130 25 29 37 23 103 53 26 6 23.1 51.5 33 10 43 32 9
1/19/21 OKC 0 0 0 119 31 34 32 22 105 46 42 14 33.3 43.8 40 18 58 29 14
1/17/21 UTA 0 0 0 105 31 27 21 26 100 40 37 14 37.8 40 29 23 52 25 9
1/14/21 GSW 0 0 0 114 37 28 25 24 90 41 37 11 29.7 45.6 40 10 50 29 13
1/12/21 BKN 0 0 0 116 35 35 20 26 88 44 37 18 48.6 50 23 9 32 28 13
1/10/21 NYK 0 0 0 114 28 31 23 32 84 45 35 15 42.9 53.6 35 8 43 23 12
1/9/21 PHI 0 0 0 115 28 30 35 22 90 45 33 12 36.4 50 30 15 45 28 17
1/7/21 DAL 0 0 0 117 28 24 26 31 97 43 44 15 34.1 44.3 38 9 47 25 13
1/7/21 DAL 0 0 0 117 28 24 26 31 97 43 44 15 34.1 44.3 38 9 47 25 13
1/5/21 MIN 0 0 0 123 34 28 31 30 79 41 25 8 32 51.9 32 10 42 22 14
1/3/21 MIN 0 0 0 124 29 26 28 41 92 45 45 19 42.2 48.9 30 13 43 34 15
1/1/21 PHX 0 0 0 103 32 17 29 25 85 39 29 12 41.4 45.9 30 8 38 28 11
12/29/20 SAC 0 0 0 115 34 28 38 15 81 44 28 11 39.3 54.3 32 7 39 27 19
12/25/20 LAC 0 0 0 108 26 29 24 29 81 37 36 11 30.6 45.7 22 10 32 25 13
12/23/20 SAC 0 0 0 122 31 29 24 28 98 47 29 8 27.6 48 35 10 45 28 15

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
5/24/21 POR -2 +115 224.5 109 25 36 26 22 73 35 33 16 48.5 47.9 30 10 40 15 3 12
5/22/21 POR -1 -105 226 123 35 23 38 27 91 43 40 19 47.5 47.3 29 10 39 29 7 3
5/16/21 POR 0 0 0 132 43 29 35 25 87 46 43 18 41.9 52.9 40 11 51 24 2 8
5/14/21 DET 0 0 0 91 25 28 21 17 83 34 37 6 16.2 41 32 9 41 21 3 6
5/13/21 MIN 0 0 0 103 26 26 37 14 80 34 41 16 39 42.5 32 11 43 20 3 6
5/11/21 CHA 0 0 0 112 26 34 26 26 91 42 39 11 28.2 46.2 34 15 49 30 2 12
5/8/21 BKN 0 0 0 125 24 32 41 28 66 41 31 16 51.6 62.1 33 2 35 27 1 8
5/7/21 UTA 0 0 0 127 40 29 29 29 89 43 46 21 45.7 48.3 29 9 38 27 3 8
5/5/21 NYK 0 0 0 97 12 31 26 28 86 33 35 13 37.1 38.4 36 6 42 18 7 13
5/3/21 LAL 0 0 0 93 20 25 25 23 73 32 30 13 43.3 43.8 36 7 43 18 7 10
5/1/21 LAC 0 0 0 104 28 19 26 31 83 36 34 14 41.2 43.4 29 10 39 21 4 2
4/29/21 TOR 0 0 0 111 33 24 28 26 83 40 32 16 50 48.2 28 7 35 27 7 6
4/28/21 NOP 0 0 0 112 25 26 27 34 87 43 30 12 40 49.4 36 6 42 27 8 14
4/26/21 MEM 0 0 0 96 18 35 22 21 81 34 32 4 12.5 42 39 6 45 20 3 8
4/24/21 HOU 0 0 0 116 26 24 32 34 82 41 40 15 37.5 50 29 6 35 27 8 8
4/23/21 GSW 0 0 0 118 30 24 32 32 84 45 39 15 38.5 53.6 45 7 52 40 7 9
4/21/21 POR 0 0 0 105 36 21 27 21 87 40 36 12 33.3 46 32 9 41 21 5 7
4/19/21 MEM 0 0 0 137 35 25 35 21 107 51 40 17 42.5 47.7 37 10 47 33 6 6
4/16/21 HOU 0 0 0 99 28 21 30 20 86 38 35 11 31.4 44.2 27 8 35 23 3 11
4/14/21 MIA 0 0 0 106 31 18 30 27 79 39 32 13 40.6 49.4 26 4 30 29 7 5
4/12/21 GSW 0 0 0 116 33 23 43 17 81 39 44 18 40.9 48.1 32 4 36 23 2 11
4/11/21 BOS 0 0 0 105 16 29 29 31 87 39 33 7 21.2 44.8 42 10 52 20 4 5
4/9/21 SAS 0 0 0 119 26 24 33 36 93 43 27 9 33.3 46.2 27 11 38 33 4 5
4/7/21 SAS 0 0 0 96 32 18 24 22 91 38 24 6 25 41.8 31 11 42 23 6 10
4/6/21 DET 0 0 0 119 32 24 30 33 81 44 35 15 42.9 54.3 23 7 30 27 5 7
4/4/21 ORL 0 0 0 109 29 36 21 23 89 42 35 13 37.1 47.2 26 10 36 27 5 6
4/1/21 LAC 0 0 0 94 20 29 21 24 85 35 34 10 29.4 41.2 32 13 45 17 5 6
3/30/21 PHI 0 0 0 95 22 23 26 24 82 35 35 11 31.4 42.7 29 5 34 18 6 9
3/28/21 ATL 0 0 0 102 35 20 24 23 76 36 34 12 35.3 47.4 29 2 31 18 3 7
3/26/21 NOP 0 0 0 108 33 30 23 22 78 39 29 12 41.4 50 31 6 37 30 7 7
3/24/21 TOR 0 0 0 135 38 34 26 37 89 45 48 24 50 50.6 36 9 45 31 2 5
3/23/21 ORL 0 0 0 99 15 24 30 30 88 39 34 11 32.4 44.3 28 9 37 27 7 12
3/21/21 NOP 0 0 0 113 22 36 25 30 85 41 28 8 28.6 48.2 31 14 45 26 5 9
3/19/21 CHI 0 0 0 127 30 25 34 27 90 47 35 17 48.6 52.2 33 9 42 32 3 10
3/17/21 CHA 0 0 0 104 25 20 22 37 80 36 38 12 31.6 45 26 7 33 25 3 12
3/13/21 DAL 0 0 0 116 28 34 31 23 86 42 46 18 39.1 48.8 37 12 49 26 1 5
3/12/21 MEM 0 0 0 102 31 24 22 25 87 40 28 14 50 46 37 8 45 27 5 10
3/4/21 IND 0 0 0 103 29 23 22 29 90 41 39 14 35.9 45.6 23 11 34 27 5 6
3/2/21 MIL 0 0 0 97 23 27 30 17 79 32 40 11 27.5 40.5 29 11 40 22 3 10
3/1/21 CHI 0 0 0 112 25 30 32 25 94 42 38 12 31.6 44.7 30 14 44 25 6 4
3/1/21 CHI 0 0 0 112 25 30 32 25 94 42 38 12 31.6 44.7 30 14 44 25 6 4
2/27/21 OKC 0 0 0 96 20 23 26 27 88 37 47 11 23.4 42 30 7 37 24 3 6
2/25/21 WAS 0 0 0 112 26 30 32 24 86 41 26 8 30.8 47.7 32 10 42 24 7 6
2/23/21 POR 0 0 0 106 25 32 21 28 87 41 40 14 35 47.1 40 7 47 21 3 8
2/21/21 ATL 0 0 0 123 27 37 29 30 81 42 34 12 35.3 51.9 34 10 44 29 3 8
2/19/21 CLE 0 0 0 103 23 27 30 23 83 39 31 12 38.7 47 21 13 34 30 2 9
2/17/21 WAS 0 0 0 130 24 46 30 30 86 44 33 15 45.5 51.2 36 10 46 31 7 8
2/16/21 BOS 0 0 0 112 30 29 27 26 81 39 42 15 35.7 48.1 33 10 43 26 3 12
2/14/21 LAL 0 0 0 105 33 28 24 20 87 40 28 6 21.4 46 38 8 46 27 4 6
2/12/21 OKC 0 0 0 95 28 25 26 16 89 36 32 10 31.3 40.4 38 11 49 26 5 6
2/10/21 CLE 0 0 0 95 17 26 23 29 94 36 37 8 21.6 38.3 31 18 49 25 9 12
2/8/21 MIL 0 0 0 125 37 22 34 32 89 45 40 16 40 50.6 39 11 50 24 4 5
2/6/21 SAC 0 0 0 119 26 27 34 32 91 44 35 14 40 48.4 35 10 45 30 9 3
2/4/21 LAL 0 0 0 114 27 19 37 31 81 46 24 8 33.3 56.8 32 7 39 29 2 8
1/31/21 UTA 0 0 0 117 29 25 37 26 75 32 47 20 42.6 42.7 28 10 38 28 2 8
1/29/21 SAS 0 0 0 119 37 24 26 32 81 44 23 10 43.5 54.3 32 9 41 29 5 8
1/27/21 MIA 0 0 0 82 12 21 32 17 80 30 45 13 28.9 37.5 32 6 38 24 4 14
1/25/21 DAL 0 0 0 113 31 27 36 19 84 41 32 11 34.4 48.8 26 8 34 26 4 9
1/23/21 PHX 0 0 0 112 30 31 16 21 102 41 53 16 30.2 40.2 43 7 50 26 3 4
1/22/21 PHX 0 0 0 126 34 34 27 19 94 47 44 17 38.6 50 36 9 45 30 1 12
1/19/21 OKC 0 0 0 101 31 21 22 27 86 36 43 14 32.6 41.9 32 9 41 22 3 11
1/17/21 UTA 0 0 0 109 32 21 28 28 76 39 37 15 40.5 51.3 29 7 36 24 6 6
1/14/21 GSW 0 0 0 104 24 30 22 28 81 38 29 11 37.9 46.9 38 5 43 29 5 11
1/12/21 BKN 0 0 0 122 27 27 36 32 79 48 32 16 50 60.8 33 8 41 31 5 12
1/10/21 NYK 0 0 0 89 21 17 26 25 74 32 21 6 28.6 43.2 28 8 36 19 4 11
1/9/21 PHI 0 0 0 103 26 25 21 31 103 43 35 11 31.4 41.7 28 20 48 23 7 11
1/7/21 DAL 0 0 0 124 22 21 33 33 87 42 40 16 40 48.3 37 7 44 27 1 8
1/7/21 DAL 0 0 0 124 22 21 33 33 87 42 40 16 40 48.3 37 7 44 27 1 8
1/5/21 MIN 0 0 0 116 22 43 31 20 91 42 34 11 32.4 46.2 32 10 42 24 2 9
1/3/21 MIN 0 0 0 109 28 20 36 25 85 44 31 10 32.3 51.8 27 9 36 30 4 6
1/1/21 PHX 0 0 0 106 34 26 27 19 76 37 35 13 37.1 48.7 29 8 37 24 1 7
12/29/20 SAC 0 0 0 125 32 42 22 29 94 46 33 16 48.5 48.9 25 12 37 33 5 7
12/25/20 LAC 0 0 0 121 32 40 26 23 74 41 38 19 50 55.4 29 9 38 32 1 7
12/23/20 SAC 0 0 0 124 25 28 36 23 101 45 31 10 32.3 44.6 36 17 53 27 12 6

Nuggets Team Leaders

Points Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 26.4
J. Murray: 21.2
M. Porter Jr.: 19
W. Barton: 12.7
R. Hampton: 11.2
Assists Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 8.3
J. Murray: 4.8
F. Campazzo: 3.6
W. Barton: 3.2
M. Morris: 3.2
Rebounds Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 10.8
M. Porter Jr.: 7.3
I. Hartenstein: 6
R. Hampton: 5
J. Green: 4.8
Steals Per Game
N. Jokic
N. Jokic: 1.3
J. Murray: 1.3
F. Campazzo: 1.2
P. Millsap: 0.9
W. Barton: 0.9
Blocks per Game
I. Hartenstein
I. Hartenstein: 1.2
M. Porter Jr.: 0.9
N. Jokic: 0.7
P. Millsap: 0.6
W. Barton: 0.4

Nuggets Player Stats

NAME RTG MINS PTS AST REB STL Blk TO FG% FGM 3PTM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT%
Nikola Jokic
90
2488 1898 599 780 95 48 222 56.6 732 92 237 38.8 0 342 394 86.8
Michael Porter Jr.
79
1912 1162 70 445 40 54 77 54.2 443 170 382 44.5 0 106 134 79.1
Will Barton
77
1736 711 181 226 50 23 96 42.6 259 98 257 38.1 0 95 121 78.5
Jamal Murray
85
1704 1018 231 194 64 13 108 47.7 378 129 316 40.8 0 133 153 86.9
Facundo Campazzo
74
1425 396 232 134 79 14 73 38.1 120 76 216 35.2 0 80 91 87.9
Monte Morris
76
1196 481 150 96 34 13 34 48.1 186 51 134 38.1 0 58 73 79.5
Paul Millsap
81
1162 502 98 262 51 36 51 47.6 191 49 143 34.3 0 71 98 72.4
JaMychal Green
71
1120 471 53 277 26 22 53 46.3 173 79 198 39.9 0 46 57 80.7
PJ Dozier
74
1088 385 92 182 31 22 46 41.7 148 47 149 31.5 0 42 66 63.6
R.J. Hampton
73
655 290 73 129 16 8 42 43.9 111 22 69 31.9 0 46 70 65.7
Gary Harris
73
499 204 46 32 11 7 23 36.5 69 24 66 36.4 0 42 48 87.5
Zeke Nnaji
71
397 136 10 65 8 4 7 48.1 50 24 59 40.7 0 12 15 80
Isaiah Hartenstein
73
287 132 40 96 8 19 23 58.2 53 2 6 33.3 0 24 35 68.6
Vlatko Cancar
67
281 85 14 50 11 2 14 45.8 33 9 33 27.3 0 10 13 76.9
Markus Howard
69
205 105 18 21 4 1 18 37.7 40 18 65 27.7 0 7 9 77.8
Bol Bol
73
160 69 7 24 3 10 13 43.1 25 9 24 37.5 0 10 15 66.7
Greg Whittington
65
12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 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.