17 Facts About Doug Moe


Douglas Edwin Moe was born on September 21,1938 and is an American former professional basketball player and coach.


Doug Moe was selected in the NBA draft in 1960, by the Detroit Pistons, and again in 1961, this time by the Chicago Packers, but began his pro career in Italy's Lega Basket Serie A with the Pallacanestro Petrarca Padova, and later in the American Basketball Association with the New Orleans Buccaneers, Oakland Oaks, Washington Caps, Carolina Cougars and Virginia Squires.


Doug Moe garnered ABA All-Star honors three times in an injury-shortened five-year professional playing career.


Doug Moe worked behind the bench for 15 years, ten of them with the Denver Nuggets.


Doug Moe had stops with the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers.


Doug Moe began his coaching career with the Carolina Cougars in the ABA as an assistant coach to his UNC teammate Larry Brown from 1972 to 1974.


Doug Moe then followed Brown to Denver, where they coached the Nuggets from 1974 to 1976.

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Doug Moe returned to Denver in 1980 to take over the head coaching reins from another UNC alum, Donnie Walsh.


Doug Moe was named NBA Coach of the Year that same year.


Doug Moe announced his dismissal from the Nuggets on September 6,1990 at a press conference where he and his wife Jane had a Champagne toast.


Doug Moe had three years remaining on his contract but was caught in the middle of a front-office restructure initiated by Comsat Video Enterprises, Inc which had purchased the franchise eleven months earlier.


Doug Moe is honored by the Nuggets with a banner that reads "432" for his number of wins as a Nuggets' head coach.


Doug Moe served an unsuccessful stint as a head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, with his son David Doug Moe as an assistant coach.


Doug Moe used a run-and-gun offense which had his team shoot before the opponent's defense had set up.


Doug Moe ran almost no plays, instead relying on ball movement, screens and constant cuts to the basket.


Doug Moe's passing strategy was adopted from North Carolina head coach Dean Smith.


Doug Moe disputed the fact that his teams did not play defense, attributing the high scores to the pace of the game.