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Number 2: December 3,1980. Denver trades its 1981 first-round pick (Rolando Blackman) and 1985 first-round pick (Sam Vincent) to to the Mavs forKiki Vandeweghe.

When Vandeweghe joined the Nuggets for the 1980-81 season, he joined a team facing two consecutive losing seasons after having some success in the playoffs behind David Thompson. They needed someone to help Alex English with the scoring load and get the team back to a position of respectability. The first season, the team jumped from thirty wins in 1979-80 to 37 wins. For the next two seasons, the Nuggets averaged 45 wins, making it to the second round of the playoffs during the 1982-83 season before losing to the Spurs in five games.

During that season, Vandeweghe averaged 21.5 points per game, shooting 56 percent -- a respectable percentage for a jump-shooting forward taking about 15.5 shots per game. The following year, bumped his scoring up to 26.7 points per game, good for second on the team, while still shooting about 55 percent and taking 18 shots per game. In his final year with the team, Vandeweghe led the team in scoring, averaging 29.4 points on 56 percent shooting (twenty attempts per game). The Nuggets traded Vandeweghe the following season, and they finally broke through to the Western Conference Finals. But during his four years, Vandeweghe helped lead the team back to legitimacy, combining with English to lead one of the most explosive scoring tandems in the franchise's history.

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg topcommenter

That's quite a financial, short term, commitment to KG & I really don't see that being the move to raise the Nuggs amongst the West's elite . 

I can't stand when teams make deals JUST to make deals .

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