September 17, 2014
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 21: J.J. Hickson #7 of the Denver Nuggets looks to pass the ball during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on March 21, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) Denver Nuggets center/forward J.J. Hickson was suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the terms of the anti-drug program.

Hickson averaged 11.8 rebounds and 9.2 rebounds in 69 games last season, his first with Denver. He has played six seasons in the NBA with Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland and Denver, averaging 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.

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