The Denver Nuggets have recently promoted former Penn State men’s basketball standout to be the team’s head of basketball operations. Booth will be succeeding Tim Conelly, who was hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves to be the head of their basketball operations.
Booth played at Penn State from 1995 to 1999, averaging 11.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks per game and winning the 1998 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, one of only two Nittany Lions to win the award.
Booth was selected in the second round, 35th overall of the 1999 draft by the Washington Wizards. He played ten seasons in the NBA for seven teams, averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in his career.
His signature moment in the league came in Game 5 of the 2001 NBA playoffs against the Utah Jazz when he made the go-ahead layup with 9.8 seconds remaining to give the Mavericks the 84-83 lead to eventually win the game and series.
Booth started his front office career in 2013 with the New Orleans Pelicans as a scout before he worked his way up in the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, becoming the director of player personnel. Booth joined the Nuggets in 2017 as an assistant general manager and was promoted to general manager in 2020. Booth will take over a contending roster that includes Michael Porter, Jamal Murray, and reigning two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic.