Denver's "Golden" Nugget: Kenneth Faried

By: Mackenzie Bates
By: Mackenzie Bates

Kenneth Faried is already putting his name out there in Denver.

Former Morehead State standout, Kenneth Faried is already becoming a fan favorite in his new home.

Last Thursday, Faried’s dream came true as he was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 22nd pick in the NBA Draft.

Fans from the Mile High City has blown up his twitter account as he is all over my feed, retweeting Nuggets fans from left to right.

But Faried will fit in perfectly with his new team especially with the way he rebounds the basketball.  Last season, the Nuggets were 11th the NBA in rebounding at just under 42 a contest.  If there is one thing Faried likes to do, is go get the ball and the Nuggets will have a chance to crack the top ten next season with Faried on the Floor.  Afterall, he is the all-time leading rebounder in the modern era.

Their opponents however, averaged close to the same number of rebounds (41.33) a game.  Another dimension of Faried’s game will help out the nuggets as he will defend and immediately box out when a shot goes in the air.

There are some rumblings that longtime Nuggets Forward Kenyon Martin might not return to the team as he is an unrestricted free-agent.  With the Nuggets trading for fellow draftee, Jordan Hamilton and trading for journeyman point-guard, Andre Miller, Faried could have the chance to start and ultimately score some points.  (A lot of experts say Faried can’t score, but he did average 17.3 points a game his senior season.)

As always, this will be a learning experience for Faried.  But he is a student of the game  and his twitter says #GrindHard and #NoDaysOff. 

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