As always, the Nuggets will try to outrun the opposition at every opportunity in 2012-13. Unlike in seasons past, they will not be sneaking up on anyone.

After a rousing first-round playoff series against the third-seeded Los Angeles Lakers and the offseason acquisition of All-Star and Olympian Andre Iguodala, the Nuggets are no longer flying under the radar.

As opening night in the NBA approaches, Denver is a popular choice to challenge for a top-three seed in the Western Conference – with one national publication picking the Nuggets to win the West outright.

DENVER, Oct. 22, 2012 – The Denver Nuggets have exercised the third-year options on F Kenneth Faried and G/F Jordan Hamilton for 2013-14, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

Faried, the 22nd overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds as a rookie in 2011-12 and earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Faried also was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April.

He is averaging 11.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in five preseason games.

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