Lever to have number retired by Nuggets

Fat Lever spent six highly productive seasons with the Nuggets.

Former Denver Nuggets guard Lafayette “Fat” Lever will have his No. 12 retired by the organization on Saturday, Dec. 2 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced in a press release.

Lever played for the Nuggets from 1984-90, compiling Denver averages of 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.5 steals.

“With what Fat Lever has meant to this team, this city and our community for the past 30-plus years, it makes perfect sense to honor him by retiring his jersey during this special season,” said Nuggets president Josh Kroenke.

“He is not only one of the best Nuggets in franchise history, but a great ambassador of Denver basketball as well. It is going to be an honor to have his jersey hanging in our arena.”

Per the Nuggets release:

The Nuggets reached the postseason in all six of Lever’s years while playing under Head Coach Doug Moe and his up-tempo system, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 1985. 

Lever earned an All-Star spot in both the 1988 and 1990 seasons and was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 1986-87 and the All-Defensive Second Team in 1987-88. He is scattered throughout the Nuggets’ all-time leaderboards, ranking 1st in steals (1,167), 2nd in assists (3,566), 7th in points (8,081), 7th in made field goals (3,304), 7th in minutes played (16,867) and 8th in rebounds (3,621).

Lever will become the sixth member of the organization to have his number retired — joining Byron Beck (No. 40), David Thompson (33), Dan Issel (44), Alex English (2) and Dikembe Mutombo (55). Moe has also been memorialized with banner in the Pepsi Center rafters.