Reggie Williams Grabbing a Rebound in 1993.

Denver Nuggets Twenty Greatest-Seventeenth Reggie Williams

As we continue along with my 20 greatest Nuggets, I have come to another that could cause some debate.  My 17th greatest Denver Nugget of all time…… Reggie Williams.  Williams played for the Nuggets for 6 seasons from 1990-1991 through 1995-1996.  He had a very underrated career with the Nuggets as he is on the all time Stat list for 4 offensive or defensive categories.  He was also a part of the 1993-1994 team that shocked the world by being the first #8 Seed to ever take out a #1 seed in the NBA Playoffs.  Williams came to the Nuggets as an unrestricted Free Agent after 4 seasons in the League most with the team that drafted him, the LA Clippers.  Williams also played in short stints during the 1989-1990 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs but was released by the Spurs partway through the 1990-1991 season and picked up by the Nuggets.  Williams’ move to Denver was a career renaissance for Reggie.  He went from being a bit player on a very good team, to a starter on a very bad one.  Getting consistent minutes was just what the Doctor ordered for Williams who blossomed after his move to the Mile High City.  Williams averaged 14.2 points per game during his Nuggets career including a career high 18.2 points per game during the 1991-1992 season.  Williams was also a very good defensive player leading the team in steals in 4 of his 6 seasons in Denver.  Williams shows up on the career stat list of 4 categories including being 10th all time in Field Goals attempted at 5,286, 10th in 3 Point Field Goals with 301 made 3’s in his Nuggets Tenure.  He is also 8th in 3 point field goals attempted with 994 and 8th in total steals with 632.  Williams was a major cog on the 1993-1994 Nuggets team that finished 42-40 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1989-1990.  The Nuggets would go up against the mighty Seattle Supersonics who had bulldozed their way to a 63-19 regular season record before the Nuggets came calling in the first round of the playoffs.  Williams and the Nuggets would lose the first 2 games of the series (which was a best of 5 affair back then) and then win the next 2 at McNichols Arena.  Game 5 would be played back in Seattle and it seemed the Nuggets run would be over.  But Williams, Robert Pack, Dikembe Mutombo and Laphonso Ellis would lead their Nuggets into overtime on the “Sonics” floor and win going away in the first O.T.  It was a historic night in NBA, and Nuggets history, as they were the first to accomplish the feat.  Alas, they would give the Utah Jazz all they wanted in the second round but lose a game 7 in Salt Lake City, ending their Cinderella run.  Reggie averaged 14.2 points per game in these playoffs and guarded the Sonics all-star point guard, Gary Payton, much of the time and doing a terrific job keeping him in check.  Reggie would play 2 more seasons in Denver and then he was not re-signed after the 1995-1996 season and he ended up finishing his career with the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets before retiring from the game after the 1996-1997 season.  Reggie Williams was part of a nice resurgence of Nuggets Basketball after the disaster that was the Paul Westhead era.  I’ll never forget that magical run in 1994 and think that Reggie Williams had a lot to do with their success that season.  There you have it….  My 17th greatest Denver Nugget of all time, Reggie Williams.  As always, you can catch up on all your Nuggets offseason news by following us on Twitter @Nugg_Love.  (Photo Courtesy of Fanbase.com)

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