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The 1984-85 Denver Nuggets season was their 18th season, and their ninth in the NBA.

1984–85 Denver Nuggets season
Division champions
Head coachDoug Moe
ArenaMcNichols Sports Arena
Results
Record52–30 (.634)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishWest Finals
(Lost to Lakers 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKWGN
RadioKOA
< 1983–84 1985–86 >

In the playoffs, the Nuggets defeated the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the First Round, then defeated the Utah Jazz in five games in the Semifinals, before losing to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the Conference Finals.

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 42 Willie White G   United States Tennessee-Chattanooga
4 79 Karl Tilleman   Canada Calgary
5 103 Prince Bridges   United States Missouri
6 125 Willie Burton   United States Tennessee
7 149 Mark Simpson   United States Catawba College
8 171 Bill Wendlandt   United States Texas
9 194 Cecil Exum F   United States
  Australia
North Carolina
10 215 Dexter Bailey   United States Xavier (OH)

RosterEdit

1984-85 Denver Nuggets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 42 Cooper, Wayne 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 195 lb (88 kg) New Orleans
SG 23 Dunn, T.R. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Alabama
SF 2 English, Alex (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) South Carolina
G 5 Evans, Mike 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Kansas State
PF 24 Hanzlik, Bill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Notre Dame
C 44 Issel, Dan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Kentucky
PF 50 Kopicki, Joe 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Detroit
G 12 Lever, Fat 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Arizona State
PF 33 Natt, Calvin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Louisiana at Monroe
C 34 Schayes, Danny 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Syracuse
SF 20 Turner, Elston 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Mississippi
SG 10 White, Willie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Tennessee at Chattanooga
Head coach

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 52 30 .634 34–7 18–23 17–13
x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 4 29–12 19–22 20–10
x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 8 24–17 20–21 14–16
x-Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 11 26–15 15–26 19–11
x- San Antonio Spurs 41 41 .500 1 30–11 11–30 12–18
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 21 23–18 8–33 8–22
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
2 y-Denver Nuggets 52 30 .634 10
3 x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 14
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 18
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 20
6 x-Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 21
7 x-San Antonio Spurs 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 26
9 Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31
10 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 31
11 Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 31
12 Golden State Warriors 22 60 .268 40


Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1984-85 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–4 3–3 3–3 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 6–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 3–3 3–3 0–5 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–3
Boston 4–1 4–2 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 5–1 6–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 5–1
Chicago 3–3 2–4 2–4 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–4 4–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–2
Cleveland 3–3 0–6 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–5 2–3 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
Dallas 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 0–2 4–1 2–4 2–0 5–1 3–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 4–1 4–2 5–0 1–5 1–1
Denver 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–2 5–0 2–4 2–0 4–2 2–3 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 4–1 3–3 3–2 4–2 2–0
Detroit 5–1 2–4 3–3 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–5 3–2 1–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3
Golden State 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–4 3–3 1–4 1–1
Houston 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 4–2 3–2 3–3 0–2
Indiana 0–6 1–5 4–2 2–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–4
Kansas City 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–1 3–2 1–5 1–1 3–2 0–5 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–4 3–2 2–4 1–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 3–2 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–0 2–3 0–6 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–5 2–3 2–4 3–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 1–1 5–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 5–1 3–2 3–3 4–1 1–1
Milwaukee 4–2 4–1 3–3 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
New Jersey 3–3 1–5 4–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 3–3 6–0 2–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–2
New York 3–3 0–6 2–4 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 0–6 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–6
Philadelphia 5–0 3–3 5–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–2
Phoenix 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–2 4–2 1–4 2–0 3–2 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–4 5–1 3–2 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–4 1–1 4–2 2–3 2–0 2–3 5–1 1–5 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–2 4–2 3–2 1–1
San Antonio 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 4–1 2–4 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–3 4–1 1–5 0–2
Seattle 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–5 2–3 1–1 3–3 2–3 2–0 2–3 4–2 3–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–4 3–2 2–0
Utah 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–4 2–0 4–1 3–3 0–2 4–2 2–3 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–3 5–1 2–3 1–1
Washington 3–3 1–5 2–3 3–3 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–4 6–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1

Game logEdit

Game Date Opponent Result Pacers points Opponents Record Streak Notes
1

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs: Nuggets win series 3-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1983 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-1)

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Utah Jazz: Nuggets win series 4-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Western Conference First Round (Utah won 3-2)

West Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (2) Denver Nuggets: Lakers win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 11): Los Angeles 139, Denver 122
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 14): Denver 136 , Los Angeles 114
  • Game 3 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 17): Los Angeles 136, Denver 118
  • Game 4 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 19): Los Angeles 120, Denver 116
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 22): Los Angeles 153, Denver 109

Last Playoff Meeting: 1979 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 2-1)

Awards, records, and honorsEdit

Player statsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit