The Forgotten Greatness of Alex English

In the first episode of the StatMuse podcast “Stat Stories,” Chad Shanks & Justin Kubatko discuss the underrated career of NBA great Alex English. Listen to the audio below and browse through the embedded StatMuse searches mentioned in the episode.

Alex English was the leading scorer of the 1980s.
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The Alex English-led Nuggets have 3 of the top 4 highest-scoring seasons by a team (total points).…
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The 1981-82 Nuggets have the highest points per game average by a team in a season in NBA history.…
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Alex English had the most games with 20+ points in the 1980s.
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He also had the most games with 25+ points in the 1980s.
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English is the Denver Nuggets' all-time leader in points scored - by a WIDE margin.
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The Nuggets had the 8th-highest winning percentage in the 80s, but never made it to the Finals.
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English was an efficient scorer, hovering around 50% FG and 80% FT for most of his career.
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The '80s Nuggets played at an insane pace.
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Today's teams don't come close to the pace of the 1980s Nuggets. 🐢
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Alex English's defensive shortcomings don't do much to help his case as an all-time great.
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