2008–09 Denver Nuggets season

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2008–09 Denver Nuggets season
Head coach George Karl
Arena Pepsi Center
Results
Record 54–28 (.659)
Place Division: 1st (Northwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish Lost Western Conference Finals

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Altitude Sports and Entertainment
Radio KCKK
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The 2008–09 Denver Nuggets season was the 42nd season of the franchise, 33rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They finished the regular season with 54 wins and 28 loses, the franchise's best record since 1987–88.

Key dates[edit]

During the first week of the season, superstar guard Allen Iverson was traded in a blockbuster deal to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb. McDyess was released soon after the trade.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2008 NBA Draft

The Denver Nuggets had no draft picks in the 2008 NBA Draft, but did acquire the draft rights of Sonny Weems from the Chicago Bulls. Weems was the 39th pick of the draft.

Roster[edit]

Denver Nuggets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 11 United States Andersen, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Blinn College TX (JC)
SF 15 United States Anthony, Carmelo (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Syracuse
SF 32 Puerto Rico Balkman, Renaldo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) South Carolina
PG 7 United States Billups, Chauncey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
PG 25 United States Carter, Anthony 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Hawaiʻi
PG 6 United States Hart, Jason 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Syracuse
SG 30 United States Jones, Dahntay 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Duke
SF 43 Lithuania Kleiza, Linas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Missouri
PF 4 United States Martin, Kenyon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Cincinnati
C 25 France Petro, Johan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 247 lb (112 kg) France
PF 31 Brazil Nenê 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Brazil
SG 5 United States Smith, J. R. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yDenver Nuggets 54 28 .659 33–8 21–20 12–4 82
xPortland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 34–7 20–21 11–5 82
xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 6 33–8 15–26 10–6 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 24 58 .293 30 11–30 13–28 3–13 82
Oklahoma City Thunder 23 59 .280 31 15–26 8–33 4–12 82
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793
2 y-Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 11
3 y-San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 11
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 11
5 x-Houston Rockets 53 29 .646 12
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 15
7 x-New Orleans Hornets 49 33 .598 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 48 34 .585 17
9 Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 19
10 Golden State Warriors 29 53 .354 36
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 24 58 .293 41
12 Memphis Grizzlies 24 58 .293 41
13 Oklahoma City Thunder 23 59 .280 42
14 Los Angeles Clippers 19 63 .232 46
15 Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 48

Game log[edit]

2008–09 game log
2012–13 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2009 playoff game log
2013 playoff schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game Source: [1]

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chris Andersen 71 1 20.6 .548 .200 .718 6.20 .4 .58 2.46 6.4
Carmelo Anthony 66 66 34.5 .443 .371 .793 6.80 3.4 1.14 .36 22.8
Renaldo Balkman 53 10 14.7 .558 .286 .646 3.80 .6 .89 .43 5.0
Chauncey Billups 77 77 35.3 .420 .410 .913 3.00 6.4 1.17 .22 17.9
Anthony Carter 78 5 22.9 .433 .239 .731 2.60 4.7 1.23 .17 5.3
Dahntay Jones 79 71 18.1 .458 .647 .728 2.10 1.0 .62 .24 5.4
Jason Hart 11 0 3.3 .500 .000 .750 .40 .5 .00 .00 1.2
Linas Kleiza 82 7 22.2 .447 .326 .725 4.00 .8 .38 .17 9.9
Kenyon Martin 66 66 32.0 .491 .368 .604 6.00 2.0 1.45 1.12 11.7
Nenê 77 76 32.0 .604 .200 .723 7.80 1.4 1.23 1.31 14.6
Johan Petro 27 10 8.0 .429 .000 .429 2.30 .4 .11 .37 2.2
J.R. Smith 81 18 27.7 .446 .397 .754 3.70 2.8 .96 .17 15.2
Sonny Weems 12 0 4.6 .320 .000 .375 .30 .3 .08 .00 1.6

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chris Andersen 15 0 21.9 .630 .000 .659 6.30 .6 .33 2.13 6.5
Carmelo Anthony 16 16 38.3 .453 .364 .826 5.80 4.1 1.75 .63 27.2
Renaldo Balkman 8 0 2.5 .333 .000 .000 .50 .1 .50 .00 .5
Chauncey Billups 16 16 38.7 .457 .468 .906 3.80 6.8 1.25 .25 20.6
Anthony Carter 16 0 14.3 .408 .167 .500 2.00 2.1 .94 .06 2.8
Dahntay Jones 16 16 17.5 .481 .250 .767 2.40 .6 .81 .31 7.0
Jason Hart 9 0 2.1 .500 .000 .000 .30 .6 .22 .11 .2
Linas Kleiza 14 0 15.0 .470 .425 .750 3.20 .5 .36 .07 6.9
Kenyon Martin 16 16 33.6 .497 .200 .657 5.90 2.1 1.13 .88 10.9
Nenê 16 16 32.8 .548 .000 .657 7.50 2.6 1.25 .63 11.5
Johan Petro 10 0 2.6 .222 .000 .625 .60 .1 .00 .10 .9
J.R. Smith 16 0 27.2 .454 .358 .543 3.30 2.8 1.06 .25 14.9

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 26, 2008
To Chicago Bulls
Ömer Aşık[2]
To Portland Trail Blazers
Nuggets’ 2009 second round pick
New York’s 2009 second round pick (via Chicago)
Chicago’s 2010 second round pick
To Denver Nuggets
Sonny Weems
July 15, 2008
To Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Camby[3]
To Denver Nuggets
The rights to swap second-round picks in the 2010 NBA draft
July 22, 2008
To New York Knicks
Taurean Green
Bobby Jones
2010 second round draft pick [4]
To Denver Nuggets
Renaldo Balkman
November 3, 2008
To Detroit Pistons
Allen Iverson[5]
To Denver Nuggets
Chauncey Billups
Antonio McDyess
Cheikh Samb
January 5, 2009
To Los Angeles Clippers
Cheikh Samb[6]
To Denver Nuggets
Future Conditional Second-Round Draft Pick
January 7, 2009
To Oklahoma City Thunder
Chucky Atkins
Conditional 2009 First-Round Draft Pick [7]
To Denver Nuggets
Johan Petro
Second-Round Draft Pick

Free agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]