Taken with 11th pick of the 1982 NBA Draft, by the Portland Trail Blazers, Fat Lever made a fairly solid start to his NBA career averaging 7.8 points and 5.3 assists a game in his Rookie season. His career would take a massive turn though, when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 1984.
In Denver, Lever would cement himself as one of the Nuggets greatest all time players. Lever would earn himself the nickname from his teammates as the ‘Triple Double Waiting To Happen’ and he sure lived up to that nickname, in fact he exceeded the nickname by earning himself 43 career triple doubles. He had many great years playing for the Nuggets but his stretch from 1986-1990 was his most impressive. The stats in those years were the following:
1987 he averaged 18.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.5 steals.
1988 he averaged 18.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.7 steals.
1989 he averaged 19.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.7 steals.
1990 he averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.1 steals.
That will go down as some of the greatest stats any point guard has put up over a stretch of 4 seasons. Fat Lever was a true icon of the game and in many ways is underrated for what he did in his time in the NBA.