In Denver’s most recent meeting with the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 13, former Nugget Joffrey Lauvergne came off the bench and put forth a monster 26-point, 11-rebound effort. The Nuggets still managed to hang on, but Lauvergne’s big game, which came while San Antonio was without its two best players, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, made it close.

“Yeah, we developed him,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone joked. “He learned all that here.”

Lauvergne, a 6-foot-11 big man from France, averaged 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in two seasons with Denver. His Feb. 13 outburst was another example of a Spurs player outperforming expectations. The Spurs are known for getting the most out of their players. It’s what’s allowed them to make the playoffs 20 years in a row.

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Christian Clark

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.