6 Worst Denver Nuggets starters of the Carmelo Anthony Era

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Greg Buckner
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1. Greg Buckner, Denver Nuggets Wing, 2004-06

After five mediocre seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers — during which he started just 34 games — Greg Buckner landed with Denver in 2004. Buckner came in and curiously started right away for the Nuggets. However, in 40 starts over the first 44 games of the season, he was only contributing 6.5 points per start and not much else in his 23.3 minutes per game.

DerMarr Johnson would end up swooping in to take his starting duties for the latter half of the season, and Buckner would only be called on for spot start duty thereafter, until his departure from the Nuggets in 2006. Buckner was a journeyman player who was so poor that he allowed his starting spot in Denver to be taken away by a player who was so mediocre he’s also on this dubious list.

As a second-round pick out of Clemson, Buckner was not expected to amount to much in the NBA—and he didn’t. However, while those low expectations proved correct for Buckner on the court, the same can’t be said of him on the sidelines, as he has put together a solid NBA coaching career over the past decade and currently serves as the associate head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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