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The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Denver Nuggets. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

Every Denver Nuggets first-round pick has played a role in the history of the franchise when looking at their different rosters throughout the years. The Nuggets have yet even to make it to the NBA Finals, let alone win a championship.

Carmelo Anthony, one of the best players of the 2000s, couldn't carry the Nuggets to a title before leaving town before leaving town for the Knicks. Meanwhile, players like Tony Battie and Nikoloz Tskitishvili proved to be among the biggest first-round draft pick busts of all time.

So, which of these players should be ranked highest for their contributions to the Nuggets franchise? The stats below reflect only the players’ time spent with Denver, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Nuggets?

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Anthony Roberts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Anthony Roberts

Draft selection: 21 (1977)

Stats
187 games played, 8.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg

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Emmanuel Mudiay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (2015)

Stats
165 games played, 11.1 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.1 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2016)

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Michael Beasley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (2016)

Stats
165 games played, 7.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 27 (2013)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

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Carl Nicks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Carl Nicks

Draft selection: 23 (1980)

Stats
27 games played, 6.1 ppg

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Michael Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (2018)

Stats
Has not played for Nuggets yet

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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (2017)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

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Efthimios Rentzias is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (1996)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

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Rod Griffin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Rod Griffin

Draft selection: 17 (1978)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

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Mamadou N'Diaye is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 26 (2000)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

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Mark Alarie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (1986)

Stats
64 games played, 7.9 ppg

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Jameer Nelson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2004)

Stats
148 games played, 8.9 ppg, 4.7 apg

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Howard Carter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Howard Carter

Draft selection: 15 (1983)

Stats
55 games played, 6.2 ppg

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Frank Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 25 (2002)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

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Tom LaGarde is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (1977)

Stats
77 games played, 4.0 ppg

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Tony Battie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1997)

Stats
65 games played, 8.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg

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Tyronn Lue is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (1998)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

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Mo Martin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Mo Martin

Draft selection: 16 (1986)

Stats
69 games played, 3.0 ppg