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The Denver Nuggets emerged from the original, most western team (Waterloo Hawks) the 1948–49 Denver Nuggets in the NBA The pioneering Nuggets team was the first team to charter a plane. The inaugural Nuggets season (11–51) was shared with the NBA. Then came the Denver Rockets (who were previously called the Denver Larks), a charter franchise in the American Basketball Association founded in 1967. The Rockets tended to struggle in the postseason early and failed to play in a championship game. They had a solid lineup led by Byron Beck and Larry Jones, then later by Beck and Ralph Simpson. Controversial rookie Spencer Haywood joined the team for the 1969–70 season. Haywood was one of the first players to turn pro before graduating from college, and the NBA initially refused to let him play in the league. Haywood averaged nearly 30 points and 20 rebounds per game in his only ABA season, then breached his Denver contract by signing with the Seattle SuperSonics and jumping to the NBA.

Denver Rockets (1967–1974)In 1974, in anticipation of moving into the NBA, the franchise held a contest to choose a new team nickname, as Rockets was already in use by the Houston Rockets. The name Nuggets won, having been the nickname first used by the Denver 1949–50 NBA franchise. Their new logo was a miner "discovering" an ABA ball.

With the drafting and signing of David Thompson and Marvin Webster and the acquisitions of Dan Issel and Bobby Jones and with Larry Brown coaching, they had their best seasons in team history in their first two seasons as the Nuggets, with the team making the ABA finals in 1975–76. They would get no second chance to win an ABA league championship, as the ABA-NBA merger took place after the 1975–76 season. The Nuggets were one of four ABA teams taken into the NBA, along with the New York Nets, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers for the 1976–77 NBA season. The Nuggets and Nets had actually applied to join the NBA in 1975, but were forced to stay in the ABA by a court order.

The Nuggets continued their strong play early on in the NBA, as they won division titles in their first two seasons in the league, and missed a third by a single game. However, neither of these teams was ultimately successful in the postseason.

The Nuggets have worn numerous uniforms throughout their franchise history, including their days in the ABA as the "Denver Rockets." From the early to mid-1970s, the Nuggets wore gold and purple (Columbine blue) uniforms that looked just like the Los Angeles Lakers jerseys.

When the Nuggets joined the NBA in the 1976-77 season, their home uniforms were white, with a "Nuggets" script written across the chest in royal blue, with gold trim around the script and jersey numbers. The royal blue away jersey had "Denver" written across the chest in white, with gold trim.

From the early-1980s until the 1992-93 season, the Nuggets wore stylish uniforms, with the Denver "rainbow city" skyline across the chest and back on both the home and away uniforms. In the early-1980s, the Nuggets "rainbow" road uniforms were navy blue, before changing to royal blue in the mid-1980s.

For the 1993-94 season, the Nuggets drastically changed their look, with a dark navy, metallic gold and wine color scheme on their uniforms. The home jerseys had a "Nuggets" script in a western-style font across the chest in navy blue, with dark red and metallic gold trim around the script and numbers, while the navy blue away jerseys had the same script in metallic gold, with dark red and white trim. The Nuggets wore these uniforms for a decade, until the 2002-03 season.

For the 2003-04 season, the Nuggets made another uniform change, with a new color scheme of powder blue, gold and royal blue. Like the 1990s uniforms, the new Nuggets jerseys also have a western-style script across the chest - it's "Nuggets" in powder blue with royal blue and gold trim on the home white jersey, while the new powder blue road jersey has "Denver" in white with gold and royal blue trim. The royal blue trim was later changed to navy blue in 2009.

In the 2005-06 season, the Nuggets also introduced an alternate navy blue uniform, with an alternate Nuggets script in gold, with navy blue interior trim and powder blue outlining.

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