5 Best Denver Nuggets Players of All Time

The Denver Nuggets have had plenty of amazing players over the years, and this was an extremely hard list to compile, but here are the five best Denver Nuggets players of all time. The Nuggets date back to 1967 when they were in the ABA. They later joined the NBA in 1976.

  1. Alex English. Alex English should be at the top of any five best Denver Nuggets players of all time list. Alex played for the Nuggets from 1979 to 1990, where he compiled 21,645 points, 4,686 rebounds, 3,679 assists, and 854 steals. Alex has played in the most games of any player in Nuggets history with 837 games. It is next to impossible to look at a Nuggets player career leader board without seeing the name Alex English in the top ten. Alex was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1997.
  2. Dan Issel. Dan Issel is a very close second to Alex English in the list of five best Denver Nuggets players of all time list. Dan Issel played for the Nuggets in 1975-76 when they were still part of the ABA and followed the team to the NBA where he would play the last eight seasons of his career, which ended in 1985. Dan was later inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1993. Throughout his career with the Nuggets, Issel played in 802 games, compiling 16,589 points, 6,630 rebounds, 2,005 assists, and 798 steals
  3. Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo Anthony was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the third overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Through seven seasons with the Nuggets Anthony has a total of 507 games, he already has 12,538 career points, which places him behind Dan Issel for third most points in Denver Nuggets history. If Carmelo finishes his career with the Denver Nuggets, he will easily be an NBA Hall of Fame player and may even end up ranking number one in the five best Denver Nuggets players of all time list.
  4. David Thompson. David Thompson began his career with the Denver Nuggets in the ABA in 1975 and followed the team into the NBA, where he would play with the Nuggets until 1982, before being traded to Seattle. David was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1996. Throughout his career with the Denver Nuggets, David Thompson, one of the five best Denver Nuggets players of all time, had 11,992 points, 1,704 assists, and 463 blocks.
  5. Ralph Simpson. There have been so many good players in Denver Nuggets history, so the final spot in our five best Denver Nuggets players of all time list is truly a toss-up. Consideration has to be given to Byron Beck, Fat Lever, and Dikembe Mutumbo, but the nod goes to Ralph Simpson, who between the ABA and NBA, played for Denver for eight seasons. Ralph appeared in 519 games, accumulating 10,130 points, 1,950 assists, and 592 steals.

 

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Denver Nuggets Career Leaders

Alex English

Dan Issel

Carmelo Anthony

David Thompson

Ralph Simpson

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