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

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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  • 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)

  • Draft selection: 7 (2016)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2017)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Draft selection: 13 (1994)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1995)

  • Draft selection: 14 (2018)

    Stats
    Has not played for Nuggets yet

  • Draft selection: 12 (1988)

    Stats
    192 games played, 5.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg

  • Draft selection: 5 (1992)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)

  • Draft selection: 21 (1978)

    Stats
    419 games played, 8.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg

  • Draft selection: 5 (1980)

    Stats
    103 games played, 3.2 ppg

  • Draft selection: 13 (2017)

    Stats
    Never played for Nuggets

  • Draft selection: 7 (2015)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2016)

  • Draft selection: 9 (1993)

    Stats
    159 games played, 10.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg

  • Draft selection: 3 (1998)

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

  • Draft selection: 20 (2004)

    Stats
    148 games played, 8.9 ppg, 4.7 apg

  • Draft selection: 20 (2011)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)

  • Draft selection: 19 (2016)

    Stats
    165 games played, 7.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg

  • Draft selection: 8 (1991)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1992)

  • Draft selection: 18 (1999)

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

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)

  • Draft selection: 13 (1992)

    Stats
    458 games played, 10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg

  • Draft selection: 5 (1997)

    Stats
    65 games played, 8.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg

  • Draft selection: 15 (2016)

    Stats
    157 games played, 5.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg

  • Draft selection: 15 (1989)

    Stats
    224 games played, 8.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg

  • Draft selection: 20 (2012)

    Stats
    114 games played, 7.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg

  • Draft selection: 9 (1977)

    Stats
    77 games played, 4.0 ppg