1995–96 Denver Nuggets season

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1995–96 Denver Nuggets season
Head coach Bernie Bickerstaff
Arena McNichols Sports Arena
Results
Record 35–47 (.427)
Place Division: 4th (Midwest)
Conference: 9th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ
Local media
Television Prime Sports Rocky Mountain, KWGN
Radio KOA
< 1994–95 1996–97 >

The 1995–96 NBA season was the Nuggets' 20th season in the National Basketball Association, and 29th season as a franchise.[1] During the offseason, the Nuggets acquired rookie Antonio McDyess from the Los Angeles Clippers, and Don MacLean from the Washington Bullets. However, they got off to a horrible start losing eight of their first nine games, as LaPhonso Ellis missed the first 37 games of the season with a knee injury.

In March, the Nuggets found themselves in the middle of an ugly controversy as Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner, protesting what he felt was the country's poor treatment to Muslims in the world. After a one-game suspension, Abdul-Rauf agreed to stand and pray during the anthem. However, the damage was done, and his reputation could not be repaired as he was the consistent target of boos from fans before missing the remainder of the season with a foot injury.[2] The Nuggets finished fourth in the Midwest Division with a 35–47 record. McDyess was named to the All-Rookie First Team, and Dikembe Mutombo was selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.

Following the season, Abdul-Rauf was traded to the Sacramento Kings, Mutombo signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks,[3] second-year guard Jalen Rose and Reggie Williams were both dealt to the Indiana Pacers, and MacLean was sent to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 15 Brent Barry (traded to LA Clippers) Shooting guard  United States Oregon State
2 44 Anthony Pelle Center  United States Fresno State

Roster

Denver Nuggets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 1 United States Abdul-Rauf, Mahmoud Injured 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 162 lb (73 kg) LSU
C 8 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cvetković, Rastko Injured 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Serbia
SF 3 United States Ellis, Dale 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Tennessee
PF 20 United States Ellis, LaPhonso 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Notre Dame
C 50 United States Fish, Matt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) UNC Wilmington
PG 9 United States Grant, Greg 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 140 lb (64 kg) Trenton State
PF 21 United States Hammonds, Tom 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Georgia Tech
PF 7 United States MacLean, Don 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) UCLA
PF 24 United States McDyess, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Alabama
C 55 Zaire Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Georgetown
PG 11 United States Overton, Doug 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) La Salle
SG 5 United States Rose, Jalen 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Michigan
SG 23 United States Stith, Bryant 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Virginia
SF 34 United States Williams, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Georgetown
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 33–8 26–15 19–5
x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 4 34–7 21–20 14–10
x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 11 27–14 21–20 15–9
Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 24 24–17 11–30 13–11
Minnesota Timberwolves 26 56 .317 33 17–24 9–32 10–14
Dallas Mavericks 26 56 .317 33 16–25 10–31 10–14
Vancouver Grizzlies 15 67 .183 44 10–31 5–36 3–21
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-Seattle SuperSonics * 64 18 .780 82
2 y-San Antonio Spurs * 59 23 .720 5 82
3 x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 9 82
4 x-Los Angeles Lakers 53 29 .646 11 82
5 x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 16 82
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 20 82
7 x-Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 23 82
8 x-Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 25 82
9 Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 28 82
10 Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 29 82
11 Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 35 82
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 26 56 .317 38 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 26 56 .317 38 82
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 15 67 .183 49 82


Record vs. opponents

1995-96 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 4–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–3
Boston 0–4 2–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–4 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Charlotte 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 0–4 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1
Chicago 4–0 3–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0
Cleveland 1–3 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Dallas 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 4–0 0–2
Denver 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1
Detroit 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–2
Golden State 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Indiana 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–0
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Miami 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 5–0 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Milwaukee 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3
Minnesota 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2
New Jersey 0–4 2–2 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–2
New York 1–2 4–0 0–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Orlando 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–0
Philadelphia 1–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0
Portland 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1
Seattle 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1
Toronto 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1
Utah 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–0 1–1
Vancouver 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 0–4 0–2
Washington 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0

Game log

Game Date Opponent Result Nuggets points Opponents Record Streak OT
1 November 3 @ LA Lakers Loss 96 98 0-1 Lost 1
2 November 4 San Antonio Loss 108 116 0-2 Lost 2
3 November 7 @ Golden State Loss 93 98 0-3 Lost 3
4 November 8 Seattle Loss 117 122 0-4 Lost 4
5 November 10 @ Utah Loss 86 109 0-5 Lost 5
6 November 12 @ LA Clippers Loss 103 108 0-6 Lost 6
7 November 15 @ Phoenix Win 137 127 1-6 Won 1 3OT
8 November 17 New York Loss 94 103 1-7 Lost 1
9 November 18 @ Houston Loss 97 101 1-8 Lost 2
10 November 21 Atlanta Win 107 99 2-8 Won 1
11 November 24 @ Dallas Win 112 109 3-8 Won 2 OT
12 November 25 Utah Win 94 91 4-8 Won 3
13 November 28 @ Sacramento Loss 85 91 4-9 Lost 1
14 December 2 Minnesota Win 109 105 5-9 Won 1
15 December 4 Detroit Win 85 82 6-9 Won 2
16 December 7 @ Utah Win 124 119 7-9 Won 3
17 December 8 Phoenix Win 103 98 8-9 Won 4
18 December 11 @ Philadelphia Win 104 91 9-9 Won 5
19 December 12 @ Indiana Loss 92 125 9-10 Lost 1
20 December 14 @ New York Win 103 94 10-10 Won 1
21 December 16 @ Atlanta Loss 86 95 10-11 Lost 1
22 December 17 @ Cleveland Loss 79 92 10-12 Lost 2
23 December 20 Golden State Win 109 104 11-12 Won 1
24 December 21 @ San Antonio Loss 96 114 11-13 Lost 1
25 December 23 LA Clippers Loss 92 107 11-14 Lost 2
26 December 26 Dallas Win 114 102 12-14 Won 1
27 December 27 @ Seattle Loss 83 99 12-15 Lost 1
28 December 29 @ Phoenix Loss 92 103 12-16 Lost 2
29 December 30 Philadelphia Win 108 100 13-16 Won 1
30 January 2 Indiana Loss 87 102 13-17 Lost 1
31 January 4 @ Sacramento Loss 96 126 13-18 Lost 2
32 January 6 Miami Loss 86 88 13-19 Lost 3
33 January 7 @ LA Lakers Win 96 93 14-19 Won 1
34 January 10 @ Vancouver Win 91 85 15-19 Won 2
35 January 12 Cleveland Win 90 83 16-19 Won 3
36 January 13 Portland Loss 117 118 16-20 Lost 1
37 January 16 @ Portland Loss 69 87 16-21 Lost 2
38 January 17 Houston Loss 112 120 16-22 Lost 3
39 January 20 Sacramento Loss 110 115 16-23 Lost 4
40 January 24 @ Seattle Loss 79 86 16-24 Lost 5
41 January 25 @ LA Clippers Loss 93 94 16-25 Lost 6
42 January 27 Toronto Win 93 82 17-25 Won 1
43 January 30 @ Minnesota Win 88 86 18-25 Won 2
44 February 1 @ Milwaukee Loss 102 108 18-26 Lost 1
45 February 4 Chicago Win 105 99 19-26 Won 1
46 February 6 LA Lakers Loss 78 99 19-27 Lost 1
47 February 8 LA Clippers Win 115 95 20-27 Won 1
48 February 13 @ Orlando Loss 93 121 20-28 Lost 1
49 February 15 @ Miami Loss 91 97 20-29 Lost 2
50 February 16 @ Charlotte Loss 100 107 20-30 Lost 3
51 February 18 Boston Win 117 93 21-30 Won 1
52 February 22 @ Portland Loss 78 107 21-31 Lost 1
53 February 24 Utah Win 99 90 22-31 Won 1
54 February 27 Washington Win 96 92 23-31 Won 2
55 February 29 Dallas Loss 120 137 23-32 Lost 1
56 March 2 Vancouver Win 108 82 24-32 Won 1
57 March 4 San Antonio Loss 90 101 24-33 Lost 1
58 March 6 @ San Antonio Loss 90 100 24-34 Lost 2
59 March 7 Phoenix Win 103 92 25-34 Won 1
60 March 9 Golden State Win 102 88 26-34 Won 2
61 March 10 New Jersey Loss 88 99 26-35 Lost 1
62 March 12 Orlando Win 110 93 27-35 Won 1
63 March 15 @ Chicago Loss 87 108 27-36 Lost 1
64 March 17 @ Detroit Loss 81 91 27-37 Lost 2
65 March 18 @ Toronto Win 122 114 28-37 Won 1
66 March 21 @ New Jersey Loss 89 97 28-38 Lost 1
67 March 22 @ Boston Loss 98 99 28-39 Lost 2
68 March 24 @ Washington Loss 90 92 28-40 Lost 3
69 March 26 Charlotte Loss 112 119 28-41 Lost 4 2OT
70 March 28 @ Vancouver Win 92 88 29-41 Won 1
71 March 30 Milwaukee Win 98 85 30-41 Won 2
72 April 2 Minnesota Win 86 78 31-41 Won 3
73 April 4 @ Golden State Loss 90 98 31-42 Lost 1
74 April 5 Portland Loss 91 97 31-43 Lost 2
75 April 7 Houston Win 111 105 32-43 Won 1
76 April 9 LA Lakers Win 98 91 33-43 Won 2
77 April 11 @ Houston Loss 109 113 33-44 Lost 1
78 April 14 @ Minnesota Win 98 91 34-44 Won 1
79 April 15 Sacramento Loss 86 90 34-45 Lost 1
80 April 18 @ Dallas Loss 98 132 34-46 Lost 2
81 April 19 Vancouver Loss 78 92 34-47 Lost 3
82 April 21 Seattle Win 99 88 35-47 Won 1

Player statistics

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

Awards, records, and honors

Transactions

References

  1. ^ 1995-96 Denver Nuggets
  2. ^ "NBA Sits Abdul-Rauf for Stance on Anthem". Los Angeles Times. March 13, 1996. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Hawks Get Big With Mutombo". Los Angeles Times. July 16, 1996. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  • Nuggets on Basketball Reference
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