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The 2008–09 Denver Nuggets season was the 42nd season of the franchise, 33rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They finished the regular season with 54 wins and 28 loses, the franchise's best record since 1987–88. In the playoffs, the Nuggets defeated New Orleans Hornets in five games in the first round; this series included a notable 58-point bludgeoning of the Hornets in Game 4. The Nuggets then defeated the Dallas Mavericks in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals to reach the Conference Finals for the first time since 1985, ending their streak of five straight first-round exits. However, the Nuggets lost to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, ending their playoff run.[citation needed]

2008–09 Denver Nuggets season
Division champions
Head coachGeorge Karl
ArenaPepsi Center
Results
Record54–28 (.659)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Northwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishWestern Conference Finals
(Lost to Lakers 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
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As of May 2019, the Nuggets' six-game loss to the Lakers in the 2009 Western Conference Finals was the closest the team has ever come to reaching the NBA Finals.[1]

Contents

Key datesEdit

During the first week of the season, superstar guard Allen Iverson was traded in a blockbuster deal to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb. McDyess was released soon after the trade.

Draft picksEdit

The Denver Nuggets had no draft picks in the 2008 NBA draft, but did acquire the draft rights of Sonny Weems from the Chicago Bulls. Weems was the 39th pick of the draft.

RosterEdit

Denver Nuggets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 11   Andersen, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Blinn College TX (JC)
F 15   Anthony, Carmelo (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Syracuse
F 32   Balkman, Renaldo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) South Carolina
G 7   Billups, Chauncey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
G 25   Carter, Anthony 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Hawaiʻi
G 6   Hart, Jason 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Syracuse
C 45   Hunter, Steven   7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) DePaul
G 30   Jones, Dahntay 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Duke
F 43   Kleiza, Linas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Missouri
F 4   Martin, Kenyon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Cincinnati
C 27   Petro, Johan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 247 lb (112 kg) France
F/C 31   Nenê 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Brazil
G/F 1   Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
G/F 13   Weems, Sonny 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Arkansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yDenver Nuggets 54 28 .659 33–8 21–20 12–4 82
xPortland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 34–7 20–21 11–5 82
xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 6 33–8 15–26 10–6 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 24 58 .293 30 11–30 13–28 3–13 82
Oklahoma City Thunder 23 59 .280 31 15–26 8–33 4–12 82
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793
2 y-Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 11
3 y-San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 11
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 11
5 x-Houston Rockets 53 29 .646 12
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 15
7 x-New Orleans Hornets 49 33 .598 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 48 34 .585 17
9 Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 19
10 Golden State Warriors 29 53 .354 36
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 24 58 .293 41
12 Memphis Grizzlies 24 58 .293 41
13 Oklahoma City Thunder 23 59 .280 42
14 Los Angeles Clippers 19 63 .232 46
15 Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 48

Game logEdit

2008–09 game log
2015–16 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

2009 playoff game log
2016 playoff schedule

Player statisticsEdit

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 Source: [2]

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chris Andersen 71 1 20.6 .548 .200 .718 6.20 .4 .58 2.46 6.4
Carmelo Anthony 66 66 34.5 .443 .371 .793 6.80 3.4 1.14 .36 22.8
Renaldo Balkman 53 10 14.7 .558 .286 .646 3.80 .6 .89 .43 5.0
Chauncey Billups 77 77 35.3 .420 .410 .913 3.00 6.4 1.17 .22 17.9
Anthony Carter 78 5 22.9 .433 .239 .731 2.60 4.7 1.23 .17 5.3
Dahntay Jones 79 71 18.1 .458 .647 .728 2.10 1.0 .62 .24 5.4
Jason Hart 11 0 3.3 .500 .000 .750 .40 .5 .00 .00 1.2
Linas Kleiza 82 7 22.2 .447 .326 .725 4.00 .8 .38 .17 9.9
Kenyon Martin 66 66 32.0 .491 .368 .604 6.00 2.0 1.45 1.12 11.7
Nenê 77 76 32.0 .604 .200 .723 7.80 1.4 1.23 1.31 14.6
Johan Petro 27 10 8.0 .429 .000 .429 2.30 .4 .11 .37 2.2
J.R. Smith 81 18 27.7 .446 .397 .754 3.70 2.8 .96 .17 15.2
Sonny Weems 12 0 4.6 .320 .000 .375 .30 .3 .08 .00 1.6

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chris Andersen 15 0 21.9 .630 .000 .659 6.30 .6 .33 2.13 6.5
Carmelo Anthony 16 16 38.3 .453 .364 .826 5.80 4.1 1.75 .63 27.2
Renaldo Balkman 8 0 2.5 .333 .000 .000 .50 .1 .50 .00 .5
Chauncey Billups 16 16 38.7 .457 .468 .906 3.80 6.8 1.25 .25 20.6
Anthony Carter 16 0 14.3 .408 .167 .500 2.00 2.1 .94 .06 2.8
Dahntay Jones 16 16 17.5 .481 .250 .767 2.40 .6 .81 .31 7.0
Jason Hart 9 0 2.1 .500 .000 .000 .30 .6 .22 .11 .2
Linas Kleiza 14 0 15.0 .470 .425 .750 3.20 .5 .36 .07 6.9
Kenyon Martin 16 16 33.6 .497 .200 .657 5.90 2.1 1.13 .88 10.9
Nenê 16 16 32.8 .548 .000 .657 7.50 2.6 1.25 .63 11.5
Johan Petro 10 0 2.6 .222 .000 .625 .60 .1 .00 .10 .9
J.R. Smith 16 0 27.2 .454 .358 .543 3.30 2.8 1.06 .25 14.9

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 26, 2008
To Chicago Bulls
Ömer Aşık[3]
To Portland Trail Blazers
Nuggets’ 2009 second round pick
New York's 2009 second round pick (via Chicago)
Chicago's 2010 second round pick
To Denver Nuggets
Sonny Weems
July 15, 2008
To Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Camby[4]
To Denver Nuggets
The rights to swap second-round picks in the 2010 NBA draft
July 22, 2008
To New York Knicks
Taurean Green
Bobby Jones
2010 second round draft pick [5]
To Denver Nuggets
Renaldo Balkman
November 3, 2008
To Detroit Pistons
Allen Iverson[6]
To Denver Nuggets
Chauncey Billups
Antonio McDyess
Cheikh Samb
January 5, 2009
To Los Angeles Clippers
Cheikh Samb[7]
To Denver Nuggets
Future Conditional Second-Round Draft Pick
January 7, 2009
To Oklahoma City Thunder
Chucky Atkins
Conditional 2009 First-Round Draft Pick [8]
To Denver Nuggets
Johan Petro
Second-Round Draft Pick

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.isportsweb.com/2018/08/20/what-will-isaiah-thomas-bring-to-the-denver-nuggets-in-2019/
  2. ^ "Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2009-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/camby_trade_071508.html
  5. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/nugs_acquire_balkman_072808.html
  6. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/nugs_acquire_billups_110308.html
  7. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/samb_trade_010509.html
  8. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/nugs_acquire_petro_010709.html
  9. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/andersen_signing_072408.html
  10. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/djones_signing_073008.html