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35  -  Kenneth Faried - PF, 6'8, 228
Denver Nuggets - Drafted 22nd overall in 2011
       Date of birth: 11/19/1989
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 22nd pick, 2011
     Out of: Morehead State
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2007 - 2011 Morehead State (NCAA)
June 2011 - present Denver Nuggets (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
2011 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 22nd overall by Denver.
9th December, 2011 NBA Signed four year, $6,183,368 rookie scale contract with Denver. Included team options for 2013/14 and 2014/15.
22nd October, 2012 NBA Denver exercised 2013/14 team option.
29th October, 2013 NBA Denver exercised 2014/15 team option.


From blog:


   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 1: Southwestern Region
2011-03-15



Morehead State consist of Kenneth Faried, and then a bunch of other players. Faried is the best rebounder in the nationa, and it is not even especially close. He ranks first in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage, ranks first in offensive rebounding percentage, and just broke Tim Duncan's all-time Division 1 rebounding record. Duncan grabbed 1,570 in his NCAA career; Faried has 1,648 and counting. He scores, too, improving both his jumpshot and his interior finishing, putting up 17.6 points per game and shooting 64.4% from the floor. And then there's the 4.4 stocks per contest.

The other guys are headed up by Demonte Harper, not a bad rebounder himself, a small scoring guard and pseudo point guard with a worryingly huge turnover rate. But despite Harper's 16 points per game, it is, nonetheless, still all about Faried. For all of Kenneth's Rodman-like contributions, Morehead State lack a point guard, can't shoot a foul shot, have no real size (Faried has a small forward's body), don't defend the three, turn it over too much and can't hit a foul shot. This season, then, will be much like the last time they made the tournament in 2009 - a quick first round exit, highlighted by Faried's awesomeness.

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   Sham's 2010 NBA Draft Night Recap, Part 1
2010-06-27

Cousins is the right pick for Sacramento, for they needed a big man. There were of course a multitude of other big man options in this size-laden draft, but Cousins represents the best chance of stardom. He is better than Favors right now. He has NBA size, great strength, athleticism as well, soft hands, a deft touch, footwork, and the ability to score in the post going either left or right. Moreover, he is a prolific rebounder, who grabbed as-near-as-is 10 rebounds per game list year in only 23 minutes. That's an unbelievably good rebounding rate, particularly in view of the 35 second shot clock that sees less possessions per game. Cousins ranked 28th in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage last season, and ranked second offensively: the only player with significant minutes in the NBA last season to come close to Cousins's 19.1% ORB% is the man he may replace in Sacramento, Jon Brockman (18.2%). DeJuan Blair (16.0%) is comparatively a mile behind.

(If you didn't click that first link about defensive rebounding percentage, click it this time, and see first hand quite how unbelievable Kenneth Faried's numbers are. He only plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, but look for him in next year's draft, and expect to see that number again. 36.2% of defensive rebounds? The entire Warriors team barely gets that many.)

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   2011 NBA Draft Diary
2011-06-25

Pick 22: Denver makes the very correct pick, choosing Kenneth Faried from Morehead State. Earlier in the evening, Jon Barry had suggested to Jay Bilas that Faried was "possibly" the best remaining rebounder in the draft, a juicy hanging slurve that Jay emphatically dispatched. Kenneth Faried was not possibly the best rebounder in the country last season. Kenneth Faried was the best rebounder in the country last season, and it was not, even, freaking, close.

Faried is in the building, holding a small baby, presumably his own. For all his innate, endless hustle on the court, he does not exactly hustle to the stage, but this gives time for Mark Jones - who might have thought his night was over - to resume his thoroughly awkward position off to the side of the stage. In his post-pick interview, Faried talks about the size of the party he is going to throw tonight. If you don't like Kenneth Faried, I don't understand you.

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   Sham's unnecessarily great big draft board: Power Forwards
2011-06-24

Kenneth Faried - My Kenneth Faried love goes a long way. Faried was the NCAA's best rebounder last season, by a long way, by any metric, and the fact that he played in a mid=major conference doesn't change that. He did it against the good teams, too; 18 against Florida, 12 against Ohio State, 17 against Louisville, 13 against Richmond. And even if the offense is not refined, the athleticism and hustle is sufficient to make an impact. Same on the defense.

The fact that he's only about 6'7 doesn't change anything. Measurements needn't matter as much as they do. He's not going to forget how to rebound, how to read the ball off the rim, how to get positioning, how to box out without fouling, how to tip the ball, how to work hard and hustle for everything. It'll make it harder, yet it's something he's simply too good at to not continue to be good at. Kenneth Faried is going to be a good contributor in the NBA and I will punch anyone who disagrees.

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