Denver Nuggets (NBA)

International Players, 2023-24 Season

Vlatko ČančarForwardSlovenia2023-24Koper, Slovenia
Reggie JacksonGuardUSA2023-24Pordenone, Italy
Nikola JokićForward / CenterSerbia2023-24Sombor, Serbia
Jamal MurrayGuardCanada2023-24Kitchener, Canada

Denver Nuggets Team History

The Denver Nuggets have a rich history marked by a tradition of embracing international talent, contributing to the team’s dynamic style of play over the years. This tradition dates back to the late 1980s when the Nuggets acquired the 7-foot-2-inch center, Dikembe Mutombo, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). Mutombo became a defensive stalwart for the team, earning multiple All-Star selections and Defensive Player of the Year awards during his tenure. His impact transcended statistics, as he led the Nuggets to multiple playoff appearances and left an indelible mark on the franchise.

Following in Mutombo’s footsteps, the Nuggets continued to scout and recruit talent from overseas, adding players like Nikola Jokić from Serbia to their roster. Jokić, a versatile center known for his exceptional passing and basketball IQ, has become the face of the franchise in recent years. His impact on the court is undeniable, as evidenced by his impressive statistics, including multiple All-Star selections, All-NBA Team honors, and a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 2021. Jokić’s international background has not only enriched the Nuggets’ style of play but has also garnered attention and admiration from fans around the world.

In addition to Mutombo and Jokić, the Nuggets have continued to integrate international talent into their roster, including players like Danilo Galinari from Italy and Facundo Campazzo from Argentina. These players have brought diverse skill sets and perspectives to the team, contributing to its success on both ends of the court. With a legacy built on embracing international players, the Denver Nuggets have established themselves as a global powerhouse in the NBA, showcasing the rich tapestry of talent from around the world.