The Denver Nuggets hit a home run in the 2011 NBA Draft, selecting Kenneth Faried out of Morehead State and acquiring Andre Miller and the rights to Jordan Hamilton in a three-team trade.

Faried went on to become a member of the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team, while Miller provided veteran leadership and precision passing as the team’s backup point guard.

A year later, the Nuggets are ready to step to the plate and take a few more swings at improving their roster for 2012-13.

When Ty Lawson visited China as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets in 2009, he had little time to walk among the people.

That wasn’t a problem during a solo visit three years later.

Lawson recently traveled to DongGuan, Guangzhou province to take part in Nike’s annual All-Asia camp. He helped provide instruction for 80 of the top high school players in Asia and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city.

“My favorite part about the trip was probably just going to the little shops and taking pictures with the people around there,” Lawson said. “We had a lot of fun.”

At the end of the 2011-12 NBA season, a third of the Denver Nuggets’ roster was composed of international players. As the first international prospects entered Pepsi Center for predraft workouts Thursday, it became clear that the Nuggets are gaining a global following.

Evan Fournier, a shooting guard from France, is familiar with Denver coach George Karl’s style of play.

“I know the way the Nuggets play, a lot of up and down and shooting the ball,” Fournier said. “That’s what I like to do.”

Quincy Miller was impressed with the city of Denver in his first visit on Wednesday.

He quickly turned his focus to impressing Nuggets personnel in his predraft workout at Pepsi Center and showing why he is capable of producing at the NBA level as a rookie.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Baylor achieved his goal by showing his versatile game along with his unique athleticism.

The 19-year-old finished his only college season as the 2012 Big 12 co-freshman of the year, averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field in 35 starts.

As a senior playing in the Southeastern Conference, Kenny Gabriel found himself enamored with an NBA team more than 1,000 miles to the west.

The Denver Nuggets certainly made for captivating television.

“I used to watch The Association on NBA TV,” Gabriel said after working out for the Nuggets. “I loved catching it before practice. Denver’s a nice city; I’d really like to be here.”

Gabriel, a 6-foot-8 forward from Auburn, was among10 draft prospects who were put to the test at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

As Will Barton assessed his predraft workout at Pepsi Center, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl interrupted with a handshake and a friendly verbal jab.

“This guy’s a little bit of a question mark,” Karl said with a smile. “The coaches down there (at the University of Memphis) are a little questionable.”

Karl was referring to former Nuggets video coordinator Jack Murphy and former Nuggets media relations director Eric Sebastian.

As a four-year starter at Kansas, point guard Tyshawn Taylor is one of the most experienced players in this year’s NBA draft. He now feels it is his time to shine at basketball's highest level.

In an era where the top NBA prospects rarely play four years at the same school, Taylor celebrated his senior season by leading Kansas on a memorable run to the NCAA title game against Kentucky.

Marquis Teague did something last year that very few have done before: lead a team full of young talent and direct it to a national championship as a freshman.

As the starting point guard for an explosive Kentucky team in 2011-12, Teague averaged 10 points, 4.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 32.6 minutes. His 191 assists were the second-most by a freshman in Kentucky history.

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