Denver Nuggets (1948–50)

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets logo
DivisionWestern Division
LeaguesMissouri Valley 1935–1940
ABL 1946–1948
NBL 1948–1949
NBA 1949–1950
NPBL 1950–1951
Founded1932
Folded1951
HistoryDenver Safeway Pigs
1932–1938
Denver Nuggets
1939–1940
Denver American Legion
1941–1944
Denver Ambrose Jellymakers
1945–1946
Denver Nuggets
1946–1950
Denver Refiners
1950–1951
ArenaAuditorium Arena
LocationDenver, Colorado
Team colorsDarkBlue, White
         
Head coachJimmy Darden
Championships3 AAU Tournament (1937, 1939, 1942)

The Denver Nuggets were a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets joined the National Basketball League (NBL) for the 1948–49 season, and then joined the National Basketball Association when the NBL was absorbed by the Basketball Association of America to create the NBA for the 1949–50 season. The Nuggets were the first major professional sports franchise in Colorado, and the first NBA franchise west of the Mississippi.

Team record

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %

Season W L % Playoffs Results
Denver Nuggets (NBL)
1948–49 18 44 .290
Denver Nuggets (NBA)
1949–50 11 51 .177