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Denver Nuggets
First Season
Team History
Denver Nuggets (1974-present)
Denver Rockets (1967-74)
National Basketball Association (1976–present)
  • Western Conference (1976–present)
    • Northwest Division (2004–present)
    • Midwest Division (1976-2004)

National Basketball Association (1967-74)

  • unconferenced (1975-76)
  • Western Division (1967-75)
Ball Arena (1999-present)
McNichols Sports Arena (1975-99)
Denver Coliseum/Denver Auditorium Arena (1967-75)

The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA), but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974, and joined the NBA when the two leagues merged in 1976.


Home programs by season

Season/Date Type Opponent Venue
Denver Rockets (ABA)
February 1, 1970 Regular Season Indiana Pacers Denver Auditorium Arena
November 18, 1970 Regular Season Indiana Pacers Denver Auditorium Arena
1971-72 Regular Season Dallas Chaparrals Denver Auditorium Arena
Regular Season Pittsburgh Condors Denver Auditorium Arena
1972-73 Postseason Indiana Pacers Denver Auditorium Arena
Denver Nuggets (ABA)
1974-75 Postseason Utah Stars Denver Auditorium Arena
1975-76 Postseason Kentucky Colonels McNichols Sports Arena
Denver Nuggets (NBA)
1977-78 Regular Season (1 • 2) n/a McNichols Sports Arena
Postseason Milwaukee Bucks McNichols Sports Arena
1978-79 Regular Season n/a McNichols Sports Arena
1980-81 Regular Season n/a McNichols Sports Arena
1987-88 Regular Season n/a McNichols Sports Arena
November 29, 2009 Regular Season Minnesota Timberwolves Pepsi Center

Media guides and yearbooks by season

Media guides

1960s 1967-68 • 1968-69 • 1969-70
1970s 1971-72 • 1972-73 • 1973-74 • 1974-75 • 1975-76
1970s 1976-77 • 1977-78 • 1978-79 • 1979-80
1980s 1980-81 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1986-87 • 1987-88 • 1988-89 • 1989-90
1990s 1990-91 • 1997-98
2000s 2000-01 • 2005-06
2010s 2016-17 • 2017-18


1990s 1995-96
2010s 2016-17
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American Basketball Association
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Seasons 1967-68 • 1968-69 • 1969-70 • 1970-71 • 1971-72 • 1972-73 • 1973-74 • 1974-75 • 1975-76
Venues Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena • McNichols Sports Arena • Salt Palace
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