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The 1977–78 NBA season was the Nuggets' 2nd season in the NBA and 11th season as a franchise.[1]

1977–78 Denver Nuggets season
Division champions
Head coachLarry Brown
ArenaMcNichols Sports Arena
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishWest Conference Finals
(Lost to SuperSonics 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKWGN-TV
RadioKOA
< 1976–77 1978–79 >

In the playoffs, the Nuggets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games in the Semifinals, winning their first playoff series in the NBA, before losing to the Seattle SuperSonics in six games in the Conference Finals.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 9 Tom LaGarde C/PF   United States North Carolina
1 21 Anthony Roberts SF/SG   United States Oral Roberts
3 65 Robert Smith PG   United States Nevada-Las Vegas
5 109 John Billups   United States Mississippi
6 130 Jim Town   United States Massachusetts Amherst
7 150 Willie High   United States Alabama State
8 169 Len Saunders   United States Florida

RosterEdit

Denver Nuggets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 20 Calvin, Mack 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Southern California
F 55 Cook, Norm 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Kansas
F 30 Dorsey, Jacky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Georgia
F 31 Ellis, Bo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Marquette
C 30 Hillman, Darnell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) San José State
C 44 Issel, Dan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Kentucky
F 24 Jones, Bobby 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) North Carolina
C 45 LaGarde, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) North Carolina
G 15 Price, Jim 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Louisville
F 21 Roberts, Anthony 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oral Roberts
G 10 Simpson, Ralph 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Michigan State
G 5 Smith, Robert 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) UNLV
G 14 Taylor, Brian 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Princeton
SF 33 Thompson, David 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) North Carolina State
G 32 Wilkerson, Bob 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Denver Nuggets 48 34 .585 33–8 15–26 11–9
x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 4 28–13 16–25 14–6
Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 8 29–12 11–30 8–12
Detroit Pistons 38 44 .463 10 24–17 14–27 8–12
Indiana Pacers 31 51 .378 17 21–20 10–31 8–12
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 17 22–19 9–32 11–9
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Portland Trail Blazers 58 24 .707
2 y-Denver Nuggets 48 34 .585 10
3 x-Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598 9
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 11
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 13
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 14
7 Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 15
8 Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 18
9 Detroit Pistons 38 44 .463 20
10 Indiana Pacers 31 51 .378 27
11 Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 27


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1977–78 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS BUF CHI CLE DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NOJ NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SEA WAS
Atlanta 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–1 1–3
Boston 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–3
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–3 3–1 1–3 1–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–2 2–2 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–1
Cleveland 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–4 3–1 2–2
Denver 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–3 3–1
Detroit 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–0 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2
Golden State 3–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–4 2–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2
Houston 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–3
Indiana 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 3–1
Kansas City 1–2 2–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2
Los Angeles 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–3 2–2
Milwaukee 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 4–0 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1
New Jersey 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–2 0–3 0–4 2–2 2–2
New Orleans 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–4
New York 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–2
Philadelphia 2–2 4–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2
Phoenix 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2
Portland 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 4–0 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–1
San Antonio 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–2 2–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2
Seattle 1–2 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3
Washington 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 2–2 3–1

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

The Nuggets had a first round bye.

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks: Nuggets win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Denver: Denver 119, Milwaukee 103
  • Game 2 @ Denver: Denver 127, Milwaukee 111
  • Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 143, Denver 112
  • Game 4 @ Milwaukee: Denver 118, Milwaukee 114
  • Game 5 @ Denver: Milwaukee 117, Denver 112
  • Game 6 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 119, Denver 91
  • Game 7 @ Denver: Denver 116, Milwaukee 110

West Conference FinalsEdit

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (4) Seattle SuperSonics: Sonics win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Denver: Denver 116, Seattle 107
  • Game 2 @ Denver: Seattle 121, Denver 111
  • Game 3 @ Seattle: Seattle 105, Denver 91
  • Game 4 @ Seattle: Seattle 100, Denver 94
  • Game 5 @ Denver: Denver 123, Seattle 114
  • Game 6 @ Seattle: Seattle 123, Denver 108

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit