(Boulder-CO) The Nuggets’ 27-14 mark is the third-best record at the midpoint of the season in the team’s 33-year NBA history. The 1976-77 Nuggets were 29-12 and the 1977-78 team went 28-13, but how does this team stack up to those from the past?
Here are the rosters from the two teams that were just a slight bit better in the W/L column and how those teams did in the post season. You be the judge and leave your thoughts in the comments section.
1976-77 (50-32) Head Coach: Larry Brown
Roster: Byron Beck, Gus Gerard, George Irvine, Dan Issel, Bobby Jones, Ted McClain, Paul Silas, Fatty Taylor, David Thompson, Monte Towe, Marvin Webster, Chuck Williams.
This team lost to the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Semi's in six games (2-4). *Portland eventually won the NBA Championship that year.
1977-78 (48-34) Head Coach: Larry Brown
Roster: Byron Beck, Mack Calvin, Jacky Dorsey, Bo Ellis, Dan Issel, Bobby Jones, Tom LaGarde, Jim Price, Anthony Roberts, Robert Smith, Brian Taylor, David Thompson, Bobby Wilkerson.
This team won the Western Conference Semi's against the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games (4-3), but were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by Seattle in six games (2-4).