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Kenneth Faried | Forward

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 228
College: Morehead State
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Kenneth Faried, who played very well for Team USA this summer, will get Thursday off for the Nuggets.
Faried has earned as many days off as he needs and there's really nothing to see here. He's healthy and appears to be primed for a full breakout season. Don't sleep on him. Oct 1 - 10:03 PM

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Kenneth Faried will be encouraged to start the Nuggets' fastbreak offense after securing defensive rebounds, according to coach Brian Shaw.

"I gave him the freedom [last year] to use that raw energy and athleticism to get our break going," Shaw said. "I envision that in this coming season." Faried is eligible for a contract extension until Oct. 31, but he may be content to play out the season in the hopes of a big payday in restricted free agency. "I'd love to be a lifer [in Denver]," Faried said. "[But] if things don't work out, then I have to move on." Nuggets fans can only hope that GM Tim Connelly finds a way to keep the Manimal in the Mile-High City.
Oct 1 - 9:16 AM

The Denver Nuggets are still negotiating a contract extension with Kenneth Faried's representatives.

While the two sides have been negotiating for months, there is now a sense of urgency with the October 31 deadline approaching. The 24-year-old may have to settle for less than a max contract, but his strong play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup could help The Manimal's case. Faried offers a good deal of fantasy upside as he's currently being selected in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and should easily return that value if he can carry his strong international play into the regular season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 30 - 11:15 AM

Coach Brian Shaw said he thought that Kenneth Faried was the MVP for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup.

While this sounds like a Kevin Durant quote, it's still interesting to see how Shaw feels about Faried. The Manimal was spectacular after the break and he was awesome at FIBA, so he could be unleashed this year. He's a high-upside pick in the middle rounds after positing third-round value after the break last season.
Sep 29 - 2:43 PM

Kenneth Faried said he wanted to face Spain in the FIBA World Cup final.

He's been trying to play the underdog card for the entire tournament, but Team USA continues to just roll teams. In fact, Faried has a total +/- of +157 in his eight FIBA games, averaging 12.5 points, 7.9 boards, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 steals on 67.6 percent from the field. He had a breakout second half last season and it's looking more likely that will continue in 2014.15.
Sep 12 - 12:42 PM

Coach Brian Shaw said the FIBA World Cup will help Kenneth Faried's confidence heading into training camp.

"It will give him a sense of accomplishment knowing he could play on the biggest stage and do well. What comes with that is … we’re watching, too," Shaw said. "We’re going to have expectations for him to continue that when he gets here." Faried has stepped it up on defense and he's sitting at an absurd 79.1 percent from the field to go with averages of 13.8 points and 7.8 boards. He was on fire after the break last year, so it's starting to look like he'll be a stud this season even with the Nuggets getting some depth.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 5 - 9:29 AM

Kenneth Faried posted 10 points to go along with eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of action during Team USA's 95-71 win over Team Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball on Thursday.

Faried plus-21 plus/minus rating tied DeMarcus Cousins for Team USA's best on the day as the 24-year-old has emerged as one of the best players in the tournament thus far. FIBA competition doesn't always translate to NBA competition, but Faried's fantasy owners could be in for one heck of a ride if he can carry this momentum into the regular season.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 4 - 1:32 PM

Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets continue to discuss a contract extension, and Faried has made it clear that he wants to stay in Denver.

Faried has emerged as a starter for Team USA and his terrific play in Spain should only increase the Nuggets' desire to lock him up now, rather than testing his value in restricted free agency next year. Fantasy owners gauging his value should look at his numbers over the final two months of the 2013-14 season -- 18.8 points on 54.6 percent shooting, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks.
Sep 3 - 9:21 AM

Kenneth Faired posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, and one block in Team USA's win over New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Manimal lead Team USA in minutes during the victory and was the only player on the team to record double-digit rebounds. The 24-year-old has been one of Team USA's best players during the tournament so far and is going to end up being a mid-round steal in fantasy drafts if he can carryover his strong international play to the NBA regular season.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 1:49 PM

Team USA survived a scare from Turkey on Sunday, led by a 22-point game from Kenneth Faried and a second-half surge from Anthony Davis.

The U.S. trailed by five points at halftime as Turkey's zone defense initially gave them fits. They pounded the ball inside in the second half and quickly regained control of the game before cruising to a 98-77 victory. It was a good test for Team USA, which will return to action vs. Group C opponent New Zealand on Tuesday.
Aug 31 - 6:01 PM

Kenneth Faried said he was "surprised" at his starting role with the U.S. men's national team.

Faried was named the starting power forward in the team's first warm-up game against Brazil, and now seems thoroughly entrenched at that spot. He was initially a long-shot to make the final 12-man roster, but withdrawals from Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, and the injury to Paul George have left team USA thin at the forward spots. His unrelenting energy and hustle have made him both a solid fantasy option and a starter for the national team.
Aug 21 - 3:59 PM

Kenneth Faried will start for Team USA vs. Brazil on Saturday.

He'll start next to Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis. Faried was fantastic down the stretch last season and has become a much better offensive player. Fantasy owners can look to target him in the middle rounds.
Aug 16 - 8:45 PM

Kenneth Faried said that he's worked to develop a reliable 15-foot jump shot this summer.

"I'm able to step out and pick-and-pop more," said Faried, who is competing for a spot on Team USA. "And if I need to, pick-and-roll." The Manimal made only 30.6 percent of his jumpers last season, making him a reluctant pick-and-pop player, so this could be a big step for his offensive development. He continues to discuss an extension with the Nuggets, who have until Oct. 31 to preempt his restricted free agency.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 6 - 10:02 AM

General manager Tim Connelly said the Nuggets are scheduled to meet with Kenneth Faried's agent next week and are hoping to sign him to an extension.

The Nuggets will have until October 31st to sign him or else he would become a restricted free agent next summer. The team would be paying Faried at his peak value after he easily put up the best stretch of his career after the break, averaging 18.8 points, 10.1 boards, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.4 turnovers on 54.6 percent from the field in that span. His big second half could carry over into next season, but fantasy owners probably shouldn't reach too much.
Jun 27 - 8:52 PM

In addition to Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried, the Nuggets are offering the Wolves Arron Afflalo after they would acquire him from the Magic.

The Nuggets also have the 11th pick to play with, but that may be needed to bring in Afflalo. If the Nuggets unload all of those players, they're not really going to be the much of a contender. As for the Wolves side, this would be one of their better offers yet. Love will be gone soon and it's just a matter of getting the right deal.
Jun 19 - 12:17 AM

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PosRoleName
PG1Ty Lawson
2Randy Foye
3Nate Robinson
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Gary Harris
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Wilson Chandler
3Quincy Miller
PF1Kenneth Faried
2J.J. Hickson
3Darrell Arthur
C1JaVale McGee
2Timofey Mozgov
3Jusuf Nurkic