In his 11 seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged an outstanding 25.9 points per game to go along with a field goal percentage of about 51%. English’s advanced analytics are also very impressive.
His career offensive win share total is 77.6 and his career true shooting percentage is 55%. English’s offensive rating is also a solid 111.
On top of all this, his playoff averages are shockingly good. English possesses a career playoff points per game average of 24.4 and shot an effective field goal percentage of 50% during post season play.
Furthermore, let us not forget his solid free throw shooting either.
Feb 4, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony (15) walks in the tunnel of the Pepsi Center on his way back to the locker room after the Nugget lost to the Utah Jazz 113-106. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Much like Carmelo Anthony, English resurrected the Nuggets franchise.
Alex English did more for Denver than just put up great stats.
He pulled the Denver Nuggets franchise from a dark hole of constant losing and made them relevant. The Nuggets became a fixture in the playoffs during the ‘80’s and fans could always expect him to show up and be productive night in and night out.
Similar to what John Elway did when he became a part of Denver, he made the league begin taking his team seriously. Any true Nuggets fan will always appreciate English and never forget him.
Alex English is the greatest of all time for the Nuggets and most fans will agree. Some may argue that Anthony, Billups, Issell, or Mutumbo are the Nuggets’ greatest player, but at the end of the day, the clear choice is English.