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The Denver Nuggets are a National Basketball Association team, formerly in the American Basketball Association, in Denver. The franchise was founded in the American Basketball Association in 1976-77 in Kansas City, Missouri but moved to Denver as the Denver Larks before commencing play. The team was again renamed the Denver Rockets before playing a game, and was renamed the Denver Nuggets in 1974-75. The team joined the National Basketball Association in 1976-77.

Historical Overview

Name League Primary Venue Municipality Start End
Denver Nuggets National Basketball Association Ball Arena Denver 1999-2000
McNichols Sports Arena 1976-77 1999
American Basketball Association 1975-76 1975-76
Denver Auditorium Arena 1974-75 1974-75
Denver Rockets 1967-68 1973-74
Denver Larks 1967-68 DNP
Kansas City None secured Kansas City, Missouri 1967-68 DNP

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Seasons and Venues

Season Win Loss GB Finish Postseason Venues
American Basketball Association
1974-75 65 19 0 1st in Western Division Defeated Utah Stars 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Indiana Pacers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Denver Auditorium Arena, Denver (42 regular season games + seven postseason games)
1975-76 60 24 0 1st Defeated Kentucky Colonels 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by New York Nets 4-2 (best-of-seven)
McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (42 regular season games + seven postseason games)
National Basketball Association
1976-77 50 32 0 1st in Midwest Division
2nd in Western Conference
Defeated by Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 (best-of-seven) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1977-78 48 34 0 1st in Midwest Division
2nd in Western Conference
Defeated Milwaukee Bucks 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Seattle SuperSonics 4-2 (best-of-seven)
McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + seven postseason games)
1978-79 47 35 1 2nd in Midwest Division
4th in Western Conference
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 2-1 (best-of-three) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1979-80 30 52 19 4th in Midwest Division
9th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1980-81 37 45 15 4th in Midwest Division
8th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1981-82 46 36 2 2nd in Midwest Division
4th in Western Conference
Defeated by Phoenix Suns 2-1 (best-of-three) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1982-83 45 37 8 2nd in Midwest Division
6th in Western Conference
Defeated Phoenix Suns 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 4-1 (best-of-seven)
McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1983-84 38 44 7 3rd in Midwest Division
7th in Western Conference
Defeated by Utah Jazz 3-2 (best-of-five) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1984-85 52 30 0 1st in Midwest Division
2nd in Western Conference
Defeated San Antonio Spurs 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated Utah Jazz 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + eight postseason games)
1985-86 47 35 4 2nd in Midwest Division
3rd in Western Conference
Defeated Portland Trail Blazers 3-1 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Houston Rockets 4-2 (best-of-seven)
McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1986-87 37 45 18 4th in Midwest Division
8th in Western Conference
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 3-0 (best-of-five) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1987-88 54 28 0 1st in Midwest Division
2nd in Western Conference
Defeated Seattle SuperSonics 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Dallas Mavericks 4-2 (best-of-seven)
McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + six postseason games)
1988-89 44 38 7 3rd in Midwest Division
6th in Western Conference
Defeated by Phoenix Suns 3-0 (best-of-five) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1989-90 43 39 13 4th in Midwest Division
7th in Western Conference
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 3-0 (best-of-five) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1990-91 20 62 35 7th in Midwest Division
14th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1991-92 24 58 31 4th in Midwest Division
11th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1992-93 36 46 19 4th in Midwest Division
9th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1993-94 42 40 16 4th in Midwest Division
8th in Western Conference
Defeated Seattle SuperSonics 3-2 (best-of-five)
Defeated by Utah Jazz 4-3 (best-of-seven)
McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1994-95 41 41 21 4th in Midwest Division
8th in Western Conference
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 3-0 (best-of-five) McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1995-96 35 47 24 4th in Midwest Division
10th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1996-97 21 61 43 5th in Midwest Division
12th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1997-98 11 71 51 7th in Midwest Division
14th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
1999 14 36 23 6th in Midwest Division
12th in Western Conference
Did not qualify McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (25 regular season games)
1999-2000 35 47 20 5th in Midwest Division
10th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2000-01 40 42 18 6th in Midwest Division
11th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2001-02 27 55 31 6th in Midwest Division
12th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2002-03 17 65 43 7th in Midwest Division
14th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2003-04 43 39 15 6th in Midwest Division
8th in Western Conference
Defeated by Minnesota Timberwolves 4-1 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2004-05 49 33 3 2nd in Northwest Division
7th in Western Conference
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 4-1 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2005-06 44 38 0 1st in Northwest Division
3rd in Western Conference
Defeated by Los Angeles Clippers 4-1 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2006-07 45 37 6 2nd in Northwest Division
6th in Western Conference
Defeated by San Antonio Spurs 4-1 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2007-08 50 32 4 2nd in Northwest Division
8th in Western Conference
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2008-09 54 28 0 1st in Northwest Division
2nd in Western Conference
Defeated New Orleans Hornets 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Dallas Mavericks 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + nine postseason games)
2009-10 53 29 0 1st in Northwest Division
4th in Western Conference
Defeated by Utah Jazz 4-2 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
2010-11 50 32 5 2nd in Northwest Division
5th in Western Conference
Defeated by Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
2011-12 38 28 9 2nd in Northwest Division
6th in Western Conference
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (33 regular season games + three postseason games)
2012-13 57 25 3 2nd in Northwest Division
3rd in Western Conference
Defeated by Golden State Warriors 4-2 (best-of-seven) Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
2013-14 36 46 23 4th in Northwest Division
11th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2014-15 30 52 21 4th in Northwest Division
12th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2015-16 33 49 22 4th in Northwest Division
11th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2016-17 40 42 11 4th in Northwest Division
9th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (40 regular season games)
The O₂ Arena, Greenwich, Greater London (one regular season game)
2017-18 46 36 3 5th in Northwest Division
9th in Western Conference
Did not qualify Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games)
2018-19 54 28 0 1st in Northwest Division
2nd in Western Conference
Defeated San Antonio Spurs 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Portland Trail Blazers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Ball Arena, Denver (41 regular season games + eight postseason games)
2019-20 46 27 0 1st in Northwest Division
3rd in Western Conference
Defeated Utah Jazz 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated LA Clippers 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Ball Arena, Denver (33 regular season games)
AdventHealth Arena, County of Osceola, Florida (two regular season games + seven postseason games)
The Field House, County of Osceola, Florida (one regular season game + two postseason games)
Visa Athletic Center, County of Osceola, Florida (one regular season game)