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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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1
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2003)

Stats
564 games played, 24.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg

Achievements
4× NBA All-Star (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
All-NBA Second Team (2010)
3× All-NBA Third Team (2006, 2007, 2009)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

2
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 4 (1991)

Stats
391 games played, 12.8 ppg, 12.3 rbg, 3.8 bpg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (1992, 1995, 1996)
NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1995)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1995)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992)

3
Mark Macon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 8 (1991)

Stats
131 games played, 9.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1992)

4
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1990)

Stats
439 games played, 16.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.1 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1991)
NBA Most Improved Player (1993)

5
Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (2016)

Stats
238 games played, 14.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, 3.4 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2017)

6
James Posey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (1999)

Stats
261 games played, 9.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)

7
Raef LaFrentz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1998)

Stats
222 games played, 13.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.5 bpg

8
LaPhonso Ellis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (1992)

Stats
343 games played, 15.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.2 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)

9
Todd Lichti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 15 (1989)

Stats
224 games played, 8.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg

10
Juan Hernangomez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 15 (2016)

Stats
157 games played, 5.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg

11
Rodney Rogers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (1993)

Stats
159 games played, 10.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg

12
Nikoloz Tskitishvili is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (2002)

Stats
143 games played, 3.2 ppg

13
Evan Fournier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2012)

Stats
114 games played, 7.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg

14
Blair Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Blair Rasmussen

Draft selection: 15 (1985)

Stats
429 games played, 10.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg

15
Doug McDermott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 11 (2014)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

16
Rob Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Rob Williams

Draft selection: 19 (1982)

Stats
153 games played, 8.6 ppg, 5.4 apg

17
Julius Hodge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2005)

Stats
18 games played, 1.1 ppg

18
Brent Barry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 15 (1995)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

19
Jerome Lane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Jerome Lane

Draft selection: 12 (1988)

Stats
192 games played, 5.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg

20
Bryant Stith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (1992)

Stats
458 games played, 10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg

21
Jarrett Jack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 22 (2005)

Stats
Never played for Nuggets

22
Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (1994)

Stats
161 games played, 9.1 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.0 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1995)

23
James Ray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
James Ray

Draft selection: 5 (1980)

Stats
103 games played, 3.2 ppg

24
Mike Evans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 21 (1978)

Stats
419 games played, 8.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg

25
Kenneth Faried is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Denver Nuggets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 20 (2011)

Stats
441 games played, 11.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 0.8 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)