Denver Nuggets

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The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They were founded as the Denver Rockets in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association, and became one of that league's more successful teams. After changing their name in anticipation of a merger, they joined the NBA in 1976. They play home games at Pepsi Center.

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Franchise history

Early years

The Denver Rockets were a charter franchise in the American Basketball Association founded in 1967. The Rockets tended to struggle in the postseason early and failed to play in a championship game. They had a solid lineup led by Byron Beck and Larry Jones, then later by Beck and Ralph Simpson. Controversial rookie Spencer Haywood joined the team for the 1969–70 season. Haywood was one of the first players to turn pro before graduating from college, and the NBA initially refused to let him play in the league. Haywood averaged nearly 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in his only ABA season, then breached his Denver contract by signing with the Seattle SuperSonics and jumping to the NBA.

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