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Alex English shares who was the underrated king of triple-doubles in the 80s'

The Nuggets in the 80s' were a very fun team to watch!
Lafayette "Fat" Lever and Alex English

Lafayette "Fat" Lever and Alex English

When talking about some of the best scorers in NBA history, you will naturally think of the greats like MJ, Kobe, KD, etc. But one guy you always have to put into the conversation, despite not being the most known name, is Alex English, the star of the 80s' Denver Nuggets. Although English was the star of the team, he had some great underrated teammates.

Triple double threat

The Denver Nuggets in the 80s' had a couple of good runs, playing exciting basketball. But in the stacked league of that era, Denver never quite managed to get all the way to the end. English was playing the best basketball of his career with the Nuggets, being an offensive machine.

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But he had some great underrated teammates alongside him - English shouted out Lafayette "Fat" Lever in an interview a few years ago, calling him a triple-double threat on a nightly basis and the Westbrook of the 80s':

"I had a guy on my team that I really enjoyed playing with. His name was Lafayette Lever. Great player. He was like a triple-double...they talk about Westbrook and all these guys that get triple-doubles now. Fat Lever was a triple-double waiting to happen. And he was kind of slighter build. He I liked playing with."

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"Fat" Lever would even make two All-Star teams and earn one All-NBA selection in the late 80s', being the right-hand man to English for years. He had a couple of great similar all-around seasons, with arguably the best one being in 1989, averaging 19.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, and 7.9 apg.

Lever could do it all on the court, despite being only 6'3'' and 170 lbs. The slight build didn't affect him in the paint, as the rebounding ability for his position was impeccable. He was the light second coming of Oscar Robertson and the early version of something that Russell Westbrook took on a completely different level. But his teammate English made sure to remind people how good "Fat" Lever was.

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