A trio of former Nuggets stars landed on ESPN’s list of the top NBA players of all-time last week.
Alex English, Allen Iverson and Dikembe Mutombo were among the 74 players recognized, in honor of the league’s 74-year history. Here’s what the writers wrote:
Dikembe Mutombo, ranked No. 73, played for the Nuggets from 1991-96
Ohm Youngmisuk writes: “Mutombo knew how to celebrate, from his unforgettable moment of pure joy when he lay on his back, holding the basketball out after helping Denver stun top-seeded Seattle in 1994, to his trademark finger wag following many of his 3,289 rejections — second only to Hakeem Olajuwon. Mount Mutombo led the league in blocks from 1993-94 to 1995-96 and was Defensive Player of the Year four times. He averaged 11 or more rebounds in his first 10 seasons and three or more blocks in eight of his first nine seasons.”
Alex English, ranked No. 67, played from the Nuggets from 1980-90
Andrew Lopez writes: “English racked up a league-high 20,916 points in the 1980s as a part of the Nuggets’ high-scoring attack. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the only players since English to score 20,000 points in a single decade were Karl Malone in the 1990s and Kobe Bryant in the 2000s. English was named to the All-NBA second team three times during that stretch, including during the 1982-83 season when he lead the league in scoring.”
Allen Iverson, rank No. 29, played for the Nuggets from 2008-09
Dave McMenamin writes: “Often labeled the best pound-for-pound player in NBA history, Iverson was an icon. The 6-foot point guard led the league in scoring four times and capped off a magical MVP campaign in 2000-01 with the Sixers by leading them to the Finals in just his fifth year in the league. His 48 points in Game 1 to beat the Shaq-Kobe Lakers in overtime will forever be the NBA’s David and Goliath moment.”
Topping the list, with little surprise, is former Bulls star Michael Jordan.
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
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