About Denver Nuggets
The franchise was founded in 1967 as Denver Larks but joined the ABA the same year under already changed name, Rockets. In 1974 the team finally settled on its name, Nuggets. Two years later they played in ABA finals losing to New York Nets and then the team joined the NBA and had two long runs of qualifying into playoffs in eighties and since 2003 for ten years straight, unfortunately without even making to the finals once.
Tue franchise’s mascot is slightly controversial in nature Rocky the Mountain Lion known infamously for tackling youth football player. The team’s colours are light blue, yellow gold, navy and white and the Nuggets are members of Northwest Division of Western Conference sharing it with Timberwolves, Thunder, Blazers and Jazz and Denver won the division title three times.
The team’s head coach is Michael Malone who has joined Denver in 2015. He spent all his years in some form of a coach, or a coach assistant since graduating the university.
Denver Nuggets have a mixture of talent on their roster and it’s hard to pinpoint a true leader but there’s few players the team can rely on, namely Danilo Gallinari Italian small forward who has played for the franchise since 2011. He’ll be trying to establish himself as a starter and having been voted Italian League MVP in 2008 he definitely has the toolset to lead a team in the future.
2011 was also the year when the Nuggets drafted Kenneth Faried, a power forward who made it into NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2012 and a year later was named an MVP of NBA Rising Star Challenge game. Faried is the team’s leading rebounder and blocker with also decent shooting percentage from the field. A key piece who also was a gold medallist during 2014 World Cup playing for the USA team.
The franchise’s future might lay in hands and explosive legs of Emmanuel Mudiay, 19 years old point guard chosen by the team in 2015 draft with overall 7th pick. He was named to the All-NBA Summer League second team which helped him inking his rookie contract with Denver. He’s going to be learning the craft under care of his teammate Jameer Nelson, a point guard who has played in the NBA since 2004 and was traded to the Nuggets in 2015. Nelson had many productive seasons in the league and he earned himself a trip to NBA All-Star Game in 2009.