2009–10 Denver Nuggets season

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2009–10 Denver Nuggets season
Division Champions
Head coach George Karl
Arena Pepsi Center
Results
Record 53–29 (.646)
Place Division: 1st (Northwest)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finish First Round
(Eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Altitude Sports and Entertainment
Radio KCKK
< 2008–09 2010–11 >

The 2009–10 Denver Nuggets season was the 43rd season of the franchise, its 34th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After their trip the Conference Finals last season, the Nuggets started the season 35-18 before the All-Star break. Coach George Karl and Carmelo Anthony were the only Nuggets to represent the Western Conference in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. During the break, Anthony sported a new haircut. However, not long after the break, dark clouds gathered around the team as coach Karl was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer. Adrian Dantley took over and the team struggled in the second half of the season, finishing with a 53-29 record and earned the number 4 seed in the West. Denver's season ended in the first round with a defeat to the Jazz in six games.

Key dates[edit]

Free Agency[edit]

On July 8, the Nuggets re-signed fan favorite Chris "Birdman" Andersen to a 5-year, $21.17 million contract, worth up to $26 million with incentives. However, on July 13, the Nuggets lost starting shooting guard Dahntay Jones, who signed a 4-year, $10.6 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. The Nuggets also lost reserve forward Linas Kleiza to Greek team Olympiacos Piraeus on August 10, when he signed a 2-year, $12.2 million contract. On August 16, backup point guard Anthony Carter was re-signed to a 1-year minimum-salary contract worth $1,306,455. On August 27, the team re-signed reserve center Johan Petro to a 1-year minimum-salary contract worth $884,881. On September 25, the Nuggets signed forward Joey Graham to a 1-year, non-guaranteed, minimum salary contract worth $884,881. On September 28, reserve point guard Jason Hart signed a 1-year non-guaranteed minimum-salary contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. On September 26, the team also signed forward Keith Brumbaugh, point guard Dontaye Draper, and center Kurt Looby to non-guaranteed contracts for training camp. Brumbaugh was waived on October 10. Draper and Looby were waived on October 21.

Trades[edit]

The Nuggets made two draft-day trades as well as several others later in the offseason. On draft day, the Nuggets acquired the draft rights to point guard Ty Lawson, the 18th overall pick, from Minnesota in exchange for Charlotte's 2010 1st round pick, which they had previously acquired. The Nuggets also traded the draft rights to point guard Sergio Llull, a second round pick (34th overall), to the Houston Rockets in exchange for $2.25 million cash. On July 13, the Nuggets acquired shooting guard Arron Afflalo, forward Walter Sharpe, and $350,000 cash from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a 2011 2nd round pick. The pick will be the lower of the Nuggets' and Blazers' selections, which the Nuggets previously acquired. On July 31, the Nuggets acquired power forward Malik Allen from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for swingman Sonny Weems, Sharpe, and cash considerations. On August 10, the Nuggets traded F/C Steven Hunter, their 2010 1st round pick, and $3 million cash to the Memphis Grizzlies for a 2014 conditional 2nd round pick. On September 22, the Nuggets acquired swingman James White from Houston in exchange for the draft rights to forward Axel Hervelle, a 2005 2nd round pick (52nd overall). White was waived on October 21.

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2009 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 18 Ty Lawson* Point guard  United States UNC
2 34 Sergio Llullx Point guard  Spain Real Madrid (Spain)

* Acquired from Minnesota. x Traded to Houston.

Roster[edit]

Denver Nuggets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 6 United States Afflalo, Arron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
F 30 United States Allen, Malik 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Villanova
F/C 11 United States Andersen, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Blinn College TX (JC)
F 15 United States Anthony, Carmelo (C) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Syracuse
F 32 United States Balkman, Renaldo (IN) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 208 lb (94 kg) South Carolina
G 1 United States Billups, Chauncey (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
C 43 United States Butch, Brian (IN) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Wisconsin
G 25 United States Carter, Anthony 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Hawaiʻi
G/F 14 United States Graham, Joey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Oklahoma State
G 22 United States Karl, Coby (IN) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Boise State
G 3 United States Lawson, Ty 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 195 lb (88 kg) North Carolina
F 4 United States Martin, Kenyon (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Cincinnati
F/C 31 Brazil Nenê 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Brazil
C 27 France Petro, Johan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 247 lb (112 kg) France
G 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)

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

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Denver Nuggets 53 29 .646 34–7 19–22 12–4
x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 32–9 21–20 8–8
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 3 26–15 24–17 8–8
x-Oklahoma City Thunder 50 32 .610 3 27–14 23–18 9–7
Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 38 10–31 5–36 3–13


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-Dallas Mavericks 55 27 .671 2
3 x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 3
4 y-Denver Nuggets 53 29 .646 4
5 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 4
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 7
7 x-San Antonio Spurs 50 32 .610 7
8 x-Oklahoma City Thunder 50 32 .610 7
9 Houston Rockets 42 40 .512 15
10 Memphis Grizzlies 40 42 .488 17
11 New Orleans Hornets 37 45 .451 20
12 Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 28
13 Golden State Warriors 26 56 .317 31
14 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 32
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 42


Game log[edit]

2009–10 game log
2009–10 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2010 playoff game log
2010 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% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Arron Afflalo 82 75 27.2 .465 .434 .735 3.10 1.7 .56 .37 8.8
Malik Allen 51 3 8.9 .397 .167 .923 1.60 .3 .22 .10 2.1
Chris Andersen 76 0 22.3 .566 .000 .695 6.40 .4 .55 1.88 5.9
Carmelo Anthony 69 69 38.2 .458 .316 .830 6.60 3.2 1.28 .43 28.2
Renaldo Balkman 13 1 7.0 .333 .000 .333 1.80 .5 .62 .15 1.1
Chauncey Billups 73 73 34.1 .418 .386 .910 3.10 5.6 1.12 .12 19.5
Anthony Carter 54 7 15.9 .420 .270 .846 1.60 3.0 .72 .24 3.3
Joey Graham 63 18 12.0 .520 .154 .740 2.00 .3 .37 .11 4.2
Ty Lawson 64 8 20.2 .514 .407 .759 1.90 3.1 .73 .03 8.3
Kenyon Martin 57 57 34.5 .458 .276 .557 9.50 1.9 1.26 1.05 11.6
Nenê 81 81 33.8 .586 .000 .704 7.70 2.5 1.42 1.01 13.9
Johan Petro 35 16 12.0 .531 .000 .667 3.60 .4 .29 .37 3.4
J.R. Smith 74 0 27.9 .416 .338 .706 3.10 2.5 1.31 .27 15.5

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Arron Afflalo 6 6 20.0 .625 .429 .818 2.0 1.2 .2 .3 9.2
Malik Allen 4 0 2.8 .000 .000 .000 .8 .0 .2 .0 .0
Chris Andersen 6 0 19.3 .529 .000 .643 4.5 .2 .2 1.0 4.5
Carmelo Anthony 6 6 42.3 .464 .316 .877 8.5 3.2 2.0 .5 30.7
Renaldo Balkman 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Chauncey Billups 6 6 34.5 .446 .355 .881 2.3 6.3 1.0 .5 20.6
Anthony Carter 1 0 7.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 3.0 .0 .0 .0
Joey Graham 4 0 7.3 .588 .333 .600 2.5 .0 .5 .2 6.0
Ty Lawson 6 6 19.7 .429 .400 .684 1.3 2.7 1.0 .0 7.8
Kenyon Martin 6 6 34.2 .480 .000 .632 8.3 1.3 1.5 1.2 10.0
Nenê 5 5 33.8 .621 .000 .583 5.8 2.2 1.2 .2 11.4
Johan Petro 6 1 7.5 .545 .000 .500 1.8 .2 .2 .5 2.2
J.R. Smith 6 0 26.5 .368 .355 .875 3.8 1.7 .7 .3 11.2

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Carmelo Anthony was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 1.[1]
  • Carmelo Anthony was named Western Conference Player of the Month for games played during the month of November.[2]
  • Carmelo Anthony was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17.[3]
  • Chauncey Billups was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 24.[4]

All-Star[edit]

Season[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Injuries and surgeries[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Denver Nuggets


Players Added

Via Draft

Via Trade

Via Free Agency

Players Lost

Via Trade

Via Free Agency

References[edit]

External links[edit]