The Beginning Years
In 1967, the Denver Rockets were one of the first teams to play in the American Basketball Association. The team was founded by Donal Ringsby, who paid $250,000 to purchase a failed Denver basketball team by the name of the Denver Larks. The Rockets were a great team and held winning records for their first three seasons.
In 1972, Frank Goldberg and Bud Fischer bought the Denver Rockets franchise for $1 million and then sold it for another $1 million in 1975 to Carl Scheer.
In 1974, the ABA joined forces with the NBA and there was already another NBA franchise called the Houston Rockets which led the Denver Rockets to change their name to Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets’ name was inspired by the mining surge in Colorado at the time. Again, the Nuggets had an amazing season and made it to the finals only to be defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers.
In 1979, the Nuggets were purchased by B.J. “Red” McCombs for nearly $2 million.
In 1980, the Nuggets drafted Alex English who became an all-time lead scorer for the Nuggets. While the Nuggets were consistently making it to the finals, they had yet to win a title.
In 1985, McCombs sold the team to Sidney L. Schlanker for $20 million. Game wise, the 1980s and 1990s both saw their fair share of losses for the Nuggets and then in 2003, they drafted Carmelo Anthony to join the team.
In 1989, the Nuggets’ search for a consistent owner was briefly paused when Comsat Video Enterprises purchased a majority stake of the franchise. In 2000, the team was sold again to Stan Kroenke of the Walmart family for a price tag of $450 million.
Anthony’s addition to the team brought on a 26-win improvement from the previous season, and an eight-year playoff streak. In 2008, Chauncey Billups joined the Nuggets, forming a potent duo with Anthony. In 2011, both Anthony and Billups were traded to the New York Knicks.
From 2012 to 2013, the Nuggets brought on a few new teammates that helped the team win a franchise-record of 57 wins in one season (out of 82). However, true to Nuggets fashion, the team made it to the playoffs only to be defeated.
1976 - 1982
The first official Nuggets jersey debuted in 1976 and was quite simple. The jersey was mostly white with blue lettering spelling out “Nuggets” sporting the brand new Nuggets font that was also seen on the logo. Both the player number and “Nuggets” were outlined in gold.
1982 - 1993
Like the last jersey, the new jersey in 1982 followed the theme of the new logo. This jersey was blue, boasted the silhouettes of white homes and mountains in the center, and had a rainbow design lying horizontally. “Nuggets” was scrawled in white just below the rainbow in the same font as the previous jersey, only adopting a white color and yellow border this time around. The player number was on the top corner of the jersey with the same stylings as “Nuggets.”
1994 - 2003
The Nuggets jersey from 1993 was dark blue, a new theme for the team normally wearing a lighter shade of blue. “Nuggets” was written in large all-capital gold font with white and red bordering and a large player number was added below. The jersey boasted red, yellow, and black accents along the arm holes.
2003 - 2017
The jersey worn in 2003 was simple. It was white, with “NUGGETS” in light blue paired with yellow and black borders. The same effect was used on the small player number below and a light blue vertical stripe was added on both sides of the jersey.
2018 - Today
The most recent Denver jersey was brought on in 2018. The major difference was that this jersey was black, had “DENVER” in bright yellow font with red borders, and the player number in white. The neck and arm holes had a thick white border.