The Colorado based professional basketball team the Denver Nuggets, have been a staple in the city of Denver since they first appeared in the city in 1967. When the professional basketball team was first formed, they were known as the Denver Rockets; a name they would hold on to until 1974. They were also part of the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a charter team of the organization and then joined the NBA in 1974 as part of the big NBA-ABA merger. Today, the NBA Denver Nuggets play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the NBA. They can be identified by their powder blue and gold uniforms and their unique team logo which features an iconic Colorado mountaintop.