Men's Basketball

Gary Forbes Makes Denver Nuggets Roster

Gary Forbes averaged 10.1 points in 19.1 minutes in the preseason.

Gary Forbes averaged 10.1 points in 19.1 minutes in the preseason.

Oct. 25, 2010

DENVER -- Former UMass star basketball player Gary Forbes has made the opening day roster of the Denver Nuggets. The 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year will become the seventh UMass player to play in the NBA joining current Portland Trailblazer Marcus Camby in the league. Forbes averaged 10.1 ppg in the preseason to earn a spot with the Nuggets.

"He's an NBA player," Denver forward Carmelo Anthony said in the Denver Post. "He's got an NBA body, a guy who's willing to learn. He's just a good addition to the team."

Nuggets coach George Karl said Forbes deserved to be on the roster, and that his intensity and scrappiness is somewhat reminiscent of former Denver defensive stalwart Dahntay Jones.

"I've always had work ethic, playing for Travis Ford at UMass," Forbes said. "It comes as second nature for me to try to always work harder than somebody else."

At UMass, Forbes was named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. Forbes had a sensational senior season in 2007-08, finishing as the A-10's co-scoring champion with 610 points (20.3 ppg) along with Temple's Dionte Christmas. The New York native led the Minutemen to the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, averaging 14.8 points in five NIT games, 17.5 in NIT Final Four, and was named to the NIT All-Tournament Team. UMass finished the season with a 25-11 record, the fifth-most wins in school history. That, combined with UMass' 24-9 record in 2006-07, gave the Minutemen their first back-to-back 20-win seasons since '94-95, '95-96.



UMass' other players to see action in the NBA regular-season are:

Julius Erving
Virginia Squires (ABA) 1971-73
New York Nets (ABA) 1973-76
Philadelphia 76ers 1976-87

Al Skinner
New York/New Jersey Nets 1974-78, 78-79
Detroit Pistons 1977-78
Philadelphia 76ers 1978-80

Lou Roe
Detroit Pistons 1995-96
Golden State Warriors 1996-97

Marcus Camby
Toronto Raptors 1996-98
New York Knicks 1998-2002
Denver Nuggets 2002-2008
Los Angeles Clippers 2008-09
Portland Trailblazers 2009-Present

Lari Ketner
Chicago Bulls 1999-2000
Cleveland Cavaliers 1999-2000
Indiana Pacers 2000-01

Stephane Lasme
Golden State Warriors 2007-08
Miami Heat 2007-08

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