Denver Nuggets Regular Season Rosters

1981-1982 Denver Nuggets Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
  David Burns PG 6-2 180 0 Saint Louis 1981 Rnd 3 Pick 3 United States
23 T.R. Dunn G 6-4 192 4 Alabama 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 19 United States
2 Alex English SF 6-7 190 5 South Carolina 1976 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
  Glen Gondrezick F 6-6 218 4 UNLV 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
  Kenny Higgs PG 6-0 180 2 LSU 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 13 United States
  Cedrick Hordges PF 6-8 220 1 South Carolina 1979 Rnd 3 Pick 5 United States
44 Dan Issel FC 6-9 235 5 Kentucky 1970 Rnd 8 Pick 3 United States
  Rich Kelley C 7-0 235 6 Stanford 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
  Billy McKinney G 6-0 160 4 Northwestern 1977 Rnd 6 Pick 5 United States
  James Ray PF 6-8 215 1 Jacksonville 1980 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
  Dave Robisch FC 6-10 235 5 Kansas 1971 Rnd 3 Pick 9 United States
  John Roche PG 6-3 170 3 South Carolina 1971 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
  David Thompson GF 6-5 195 5 NC State 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Ronnie Valentine F 6-7 210 1 Old Dominion 1980 Rnd 3 Pick 5 United States
55 Kiki Vandeweghe SF 6-8 220 1 UCLA 1980 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States

1981-1982 Denver Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters B. McKinney T. Dunn A. English K. Vandeweghe D. Issel
Rotation K. Higgs   D. Thompson C. Hordges  
Rotation     G. Gondrezick    
Lim PT J. Roche     J. Ray  
Lim PT       D. Robisch  

1981-1982 Midwest Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1San Antonio Spurs48-34-
2Denver Nuggets46-362
3Houston Rockets46-362
4Kansas City Kings30-5218
5Dallas Mavericks28-5420
6Utah Jazz25-5723

1981-1982 Denver Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Alex English All-NBA Second Team (1982)
Alex English Player Of The Month (Mar 82)
Alex English Player Of The Week (11/29/81)
Alex English Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1982)

1981-1982 Denver Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Alex English 82 36.8 25.4 6.8 5.3 1.1 1.5 3.2
Dan Issel 81 30.5 22.9 7.5 2.2 0.8 0.7 2.1
Kiki Vandeweghe 82 33.8 21.5 5.6 3.0 0.6 0.4 2.3
David Thompson 61 20.4 14.9 2.4 1.9 0.6 0.5 2.3
Billy McKinney 81 24.2 10.8 1.8 4.2 0.9 0.2 1.4
T.R. Dunn 82 30.7 8.2 6.8 2.3 1.6 0.4 1.5
Glen Gondrezick 80 21.2 8.2 5.3 1.9 1.1 0.5 1.2
Kenny Higgs 76 22.3 7.5 1.9 5.2 0.9 0.1 2.1
Cedrick Hordges 77 17.8 6.8 5.1 0.8 0.3 0.2 1.4
John Roche 39 12.8 4.8 0.6 2.3 0.4 0.1 0.7
Dave Robisch 12 21.4 12.0 5.2 2.7 0.2 0.3 1.1
James Ray 40 6.5 3.1 1.6 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.9
David Burns 6 8.8 2.7 0.5 1.8 0.3 0.0 1.3

1981-1982 Denver Nuggets Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Dan Issel was selected as the #3 pick in the 8 Round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Dan Issel signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on August 5, 1976.

James Ray was selected as the #5 pick in the First Round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. James Ray signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on September 1, 1980.

David Thompson was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. David Thompson signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on August 5, 1976. David Thompson signed a multi-year extension with the Denver Nuggets on June 1, 1978.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Cedrick Hordges, the #5 pick in the 3 Round of the 1979 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Denver Nuggets from the Chicago Bulls on June 9, 1980. Cedrick Hordges signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on September 1, 1980.

Draft Rights to Kiki Vandeweghe, the #11 pick in the First Round of the 1980 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Denver Nuggets from the Dallas Mavericks on December 10, 1980. Kiki Vandeweghe signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on December 10, 1980.

Acquired via Trade

T.R. Dunn was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Portland Trail Blazers on August 15, 1980.

Alex English was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Indiana Pacers on February 1, 1980.

Billy McKinney was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Utah Jazz on December 22, 1980. Billy McKinney re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on September 29, 1981.

Dave Robisch was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 30, 1980.

Acquired via Free Agency

Glen Gondrezick signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on November 27, 1979.

Kenny Higgs signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on December 8, 1980.

John Roche signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on July 27, 1979.

1981-1982 Denver Nuggets Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Red McCombs Owner 1978-1979 N/A
Doug Moe Head Coach 1980-1981 Head Coach (San Antonio Spurs, 1976 to 1980)
Carl Scheer General Manager 1974-1975 N/A
Chopper Travaglini Head Athletic Trainer 1976-1977 N/A