2011–12 Denver Nuggets season

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2011–12 Denver Nuggets season
Head coach George Karl
Arena Pepsi Center
Results
Record 38–28 (.576)
Place Division: 2nd (Northwest)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in First Round

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Altitude Sports and Entertainment
Radio KCKK
< 2010–11 2012–13 >

The 2011–12 Denver Nuggets season was the 45th season of the franchise, and its 36th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Denver finished the lockout-shortened season in sixth place in the Western Conference with a 38–28 record and were eliminated in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. The Nuggets finished the regular season leading the league in points per game (104.12) and assists per game (23.96).

Key dates[edit]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club team
1 22 Kenneth Faried PF  United States Morehead State University

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Denver Nuggets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 6 Afflalo, Arron (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1985–10–15 UCLA
G/F 13 Brewer, Corey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1986–03–05 Florida
G/F 21 Chandler, Wilson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1987-05-10 DePaul
F 35 Faried, Kenneth 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1989–18–11 Morehead State
G/F 5 Fernández, Rudy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1985–04–04 Spain
F 8 Gallinari, Danilo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1988–08–08 Italy
G/F 1 Hamilton, Jordan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–06–10 Texas
F 7 Harrington, Al 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1980–02–17 St. Patrick HS (NJ)
C 41 Koufos, Kosta 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1989–02–24 Ohio State
G 3 Lawson, Ty 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1987–11–03 North Carolina
C 34 McGee, JaVale 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1988–01–19 Nevada
G 24 Miller, Andre 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1976–03–19 Utah
C 25 Mozgov, Timofey 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1986–07–16 Russia
G/F 10 Stone, Julyan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1988–07–12 Texas-El Paso
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Jim Gillen

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C JaVale McGee Kosta Koufos Timofey Mozgov
PF Danillo Gallinari Kenneth Faried Al Harrington
SF Wilson Chandler Corey Brewer Jordan Hamilton
SG Arron Afflalo Rudy Fernández Julyan Stone
PG Ty Lawson Andre Miller

Regular Season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Oklahoma City Thunder 47 19 .712 26–7 21–12 10–3
x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .576 9 20–13 18–15 6–7
x-Utah Jazz 36 30 .545 11 25–8 11–22 9–4
Portland Trail Blazers 28 38 .424 19 20–13 8–25 4–10
Minnesota Timberwolves 26 40 .394 21 13–20 13–20 4–9
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-San Antonio Spurs 50 16 .758
2 y-Oklahoma City Thunder 47 19 .712 3
3 y-Los Angeles Lakers 41 25 .621 9
4 x-Memphis Grizzlies 41 25 .621 9
5 x-Los Angeles Clippers 40 26 .606 10
6 x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .576 12
7 x-Dallas Mavericks 36 30 .545 14
8 x-Utah Jazz 36 30 .545 14
9 Houston Rockets 34 32 .515 16
10 Phoenix Suns 33 33 .500 17
11 Portland Trail Blazers 28 38 .424 22
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 26 40 .394 24
13 Golden State Warriors 23 43 .348 27
14 Sacramento Kings 22 44 .333 28
15 New Orleans Hornets 21 45 .318 29

Game log[edit]

2011–12 game log
Total: 38–28 (Home: 20–13; Road: 18–15)
2011–12 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2012 playoff game log
2012 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

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Afflalo, ArronArron Afflalo 62 62 33.6 .471 .398 .798 3.2 2.4 .6 .2 15.2
Andersen, ChrisChris Andersen 32 1 15.2 .546 .610 4.6 .2 .6 1.4 5.3
Brewer, CoreyCorey Brewer 59 17 21.8 .434 .260 .692 2.5 1.5 1.2 .3 8.9
Carroll, DeMarreDeMarre Carroll [a] 4 0 5.3 1.000 .8 .8 .0 .0 3.0
Chandler, WilsonWilson Chandler 8 6 26.9 .392 .250 .833 5.1 2.1 .8 .8 9.4
Faried, KennethKenneth Faried 46 39 22.5 .586 .665 7.7 .8 .7 1.0 10.2
Fernandez, RudyRudy Fernandez 31 1 22.9 .440 .328 .698 2.1 2.4 1.0 .1 8.6
Gallinari, DaniloDanilo Gallinari 43 40 31.4 .414 .328 .871 4.7 2.7 1.0 .5 14.6
Hamilton, JordanJordan Hamilton 26 2 9.9 .432 .362 .400 2.4 .8 .2 .1 4.4
Harrington, AlAl Harrington 64 1 27.5 .446 .333 .676 6.1 1.4 .9 .2 14.2
Hilario, NeneNene Hilario [a] 28 27 29.5 .509 .000 .677 7.4 2.2 1.3 .9 13.4
Koufos, KostaKosta Koufos 48 24 16.5 .599 .600 5.4 .3 .5 .9 5.5
Lawson, TyTy Lawson 61 61 34.8 .488 .365 .824 3.7 6.6 1.3 .1 16.4
McGee, JaValeJaVale McGee [a] 20 5 20.6 .612 .373 5.8 .3 .5 1.6 10.3
Miller, AndreAndre Miller 66 7 27.4 .438 .217 .811 3.3 6.7 1.0 .1 9.7
Mozgov, TimofeyTimofey Mozgov 44 35 15.6 .526 .684 4.1 .5 .3 1.0 5.4
Stone, JulyanJulyan Stone 22 2 8.1 .419 .182 .727 1.1 1.7 .4 .3 1.6

a Statistics with the Denver Nuggets.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Afflalo, ArronArron Afflalo 7 7 32.7 .405 .200 .800 3.6 2.7 .7 .3 10.9
Brewer, CoreyCorey Brewer 7 0 16.6 .426 .300 .750 2.0 .9 1.0 .3 8.3
Faried, KennethKenneth Faried 7 7 27.4 .533 .750 10.0 .6 .7 1.1 10.4
Gallinari, DaniloDanilo Gallinari 7 7 31.7 .362 .174 .917 5.1 2.4 .7 .6 13.4
Hamilton, JordanJordan Hamilton 2 0 2.5 .667 .0 .0 .5 .0 2.0
Harrington, AlAl Harrington 7 0 23.3 .320 .286 .667 4.3 .9 .4 .1 9.7
Koufos, KostaKosta Koufos 3 2 8.7 .333 3.7 .0 .0 .1 .7
Lawson, TyTy Lawson 7 7 34.6 .514 .321 .632 2.6 6.0 1.0 .1 19.0
McGee, JaValeJaVale McGee 7 0 25.9 .434 .538 9.6 .7 .7 3.1 8.6
Miller, AndreAndre Miller 7 0 28.6 .425 .571 .867 5.6 6.0 1.3 .1 11.3
Mozgov, TimofeyTimofey Mozgov 7 5 14.1 .480 .500 3.3 .4 .3 .9 4.0
Stone, JulyanJulyan Stone 2 0 2.5 .500 .5 1.0 .0 .0 1.0

Awards[edit]

  • Ty Lawson was named Western Conference Player of the Week (February 27 – March 4).[2]

Injuries and disciplinary actions[edit]

  • Arron Afflalo earned a 1-game suspension for throwing an elbow at an opponent during a game against the Utah Jazz on March 23.[6]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency

Waived

Trades[edit]

June 23, 2011 To Denver Nuggets
Andre Miller
Draft rights to Jordan Hamilton (from Mavericks)
To Dallas Mavericks
Rudy Fernández
Draft rights to Petteri Koponen (from Trail Blazers)
To Portland Trail Blazers
Raymond Felton
Draft rights to Tanguy Ngombo (from Mavericks)
June 23, 2011 To Denver Nuggets
Draft rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum
To Los Angeles Lakers
Future second round pick
December 13, 2011 To Denver Nuggets
Corey Brewer
Rudy Fernández
To Dallas Mavericks
Future second round pick
March 15, 2012 To Denver Nuggets
JaVale McGee
Ronny Turiaf
Future second round pick (from Clippers)
To Los Angeles Clippers
Nick Young
To Washington Wizards
Nenê
Brian Cook
Conditional 2015 second round pick (from Clippers)

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Julyan Stone December 9 UTEP
(undrafted rookie)
DeMarre Carroll December 13 Houston Rockets
Nenê December 14 Re-signed
(later traded to Washington)
Arron Afflalo December 20 Re-signed
Wilson Chandler March 18 Re-signed
Subtractions
Player Date signed New team
J. R. Smith September 13 Zhejiang Golden Bulls (China)
(later signed with the New York Knicks)
Kenyon Martin September 21 Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China)
(later signed with the Los Angeles Clippers)
Melvin Ely December 14 Charlotte Bobcats
Gary Forbes December 14 Toronto Raptors

Many players signed with teams from other leagues due to the 2011 NBA lockout. FIBA allows players under NBA contracts to sign and play for teams from other leagues if the contracts have opt-out clauses that allow the players to return to the NBA if the lockout ends.[7] The Chinese Basketball Association, however, only allows its clubs to sign foreign free agents who could play for at least the entire season.[8]

Played in other leagues during lockout
Player Date signed New team Opt-out clause
Timofey Mozgov July 21 BC Khimki (Russia) Yes
Ty Lawson August 15 Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) Yes
Wilson Chandler August 29 Zhejiang Lions (China) No
J. R. Smith September 13 Zhejiang Golden Bulls (China) No
Danilo Gallinari September 20 Armani Milano (Italy) Yes
Kenyon Martin September 21 Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China) No

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report: NBA draft moving to Newark". ESPN.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Rose, Lawson claim Player of Week honors" (Press release). National Basketball Association. March 5, 2012. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hawks' Johnson, Nuggets' Faried get Rookie of Month honors". NBA.com. April 27, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Irving, Rubio headline 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team". NBA.com. NBA.com. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hip injury puts Nuggets' Wilson Chandler out for season, NBA.com/nuggets. April 18, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Denver's Afflalo suspended one game for elbow shot, NBA.com. March 25, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "FIBA: NBA stars can play overseas". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Sun Xiaochen (August 21, 2011). "New rule shuts door on NBA stars". China Daily. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. 

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