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.

The stat line was irrelevant.

After playing in an NBA game for the first time in six months, Wilson Chandler was just happy to be back on the court.

The Denver Nuggets forward took another step in his return from hip surgery Wednesday night when he made his preseason debut against the Portland Trail Blazers. Chandler grabbed four rebounds but did not score in 12 minutes.

The accolades just keep coming for Andre Iguodala.

In recognition of winning the gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics, the Denver Nuggets swingman will be inducted into the University of Arizona Ring of Honor on Sunday.

Iguodala became the first former Arizona men’s basketball player to capture Olympic gold, making him eligible to be the 20th member of the school’s Ring of Honor.

Other members include former NBA champions Jud Buechler, Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Jason Terry and Luke Walton.