Top 5 Point Guards In Denver Nuggets History

By Court Zierk

Top 5 Point Guards In Denver Nuggets History

Chauncey Billups
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The Denver Nuggets have never been known as a point guard centric team until the last few years, but much of that probably has to do with the evolution of the NBA. That said, there have been some good point guards to put on a Nuggets uniform, some that will even end up in the Hall of Fame. Here are the top five point guards in team history.

5. Michael Adams

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5. Michael Adams

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Michael Adams played four years for the Nuggets, and lit up the scoreboard the instant he put on a jersey. He averaged 18.6 ppg and 7.4 apg. Despite his awkward looking jump-shot, he became known for his ability to nail the long ball, and still sits at second place on the Nuggets list for 3-pointers made. He was definitely one of the most fun players to watch during the late 80’s for those run-n-gun Nuggets teams.

4. Chauncey Billups

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4. Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups
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Chauncey Billups may be the only person on this list who ends up in the Hall of Fame, and he would have been rated higher if his best years had come in a Nuggets uniform. Like Miller, Billups played two stints with the Nuggets, one year in 1998 and rejoined the team from 2008-10. He is often given credit for helping the 2009 Nuggets team reach the Western Conference Finals, and nearly making it to the NBA Finals.

3. Nick Van Exel

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3. Nick Van Exel

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Often forgotten about in terms of his place in this franchise’s history, Nick Van Exel was one of the only reasons to watch the Nuggets during their worst stretch in team history. But from 1998-2001, Van Exel was their best player, and one of the most exciting point guards in the league. During his time with the Nuggets, he averaged 16.76 ppg and 8.3 apg. He was truly something special to watch.

2. Ty Lawson

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2. Ty Lawson

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Ty Lawson is nowhere near done in terms of his impact on the Denver Nuggets' franchise. Drafted in 2009, he has become the cornerstone of the Nuggets over the past three seasons, and undoubtedly their best player. He may be small, but Lawson has a big time game, and is probably the most explosive point guard to ever suit up for this franchise. When it is all said and done, he may end up being the top dog.

1. Fat Lever

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1. Fat Lever

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Speaking of forgotten, Fat Lever is not only overlooked locally, but he remains virtually anonymous on the national stage. Lever still ranks sixth on the all-time NBA list for most triple-doubles recorded. Despite only standing 6-foot-3, Lever was usually one of the Nuggets' best rebounders. As a Nugget, he averaged 17.08 ppg, 7.67 rpg and 6.48 apg.

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