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Kenneth Faried | Forward | #35

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 228
College: Morehead State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (22) / DEN
Contract: view contract details

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Kenneth Faried will come off the bench this regular season.
He had a good game on Friday, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes. With Nikola Jokic set to play minutes at both big spots and coach Mike Malone loving to go small, Faried's playing time may only be hanging in the low 20s. He's also a trade candidate given Denver's depth -- that might be a good thing. If you draft Faried late, make sure your expectations are somewhat low. Oct 22 - 12:56 AM

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Kenneth Faried came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-7 shots for nine points, two rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

It looks like Jusuf Nurkic will start at center and Nikola Jokic will get the nod at power forward, pushing Faried to the bench. He's been disappointing nearly every season he's been in the league and having to battle with Jokic for minutes and production could be a rough road for the Manimal. He's nothing more than a late-round fantasy flier right now.
Oct 18 - 11:07 PM

Kenneth Faried started Sunday's game and had 10 points (3-of-5 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs) with eight boards, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 25 minutes of action.

Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic started the Nuggets' first two preseason games. That could be Mike Malone's preferred starting lineup, or it could prove to be more situational than every-down. Even as a starter, though, it's hard to envision Faried improving last year's averages of 12.5 points, 8.7 boards, 1.2 assists. 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocks in 25.3 minutes. It might take a trade for Faried to regain top-80 appeal.
Oct 10 - 12:52 AM

The Nuggets are continuing to dangle Kenneth Faried on the trade market, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

As Lowe writes, this has been the case for the last few years. When Denver extended The Manimal, they did so with the idea that he could be turned into a trade asset later. And with the emergence of the Nikola Jokic-Jusuf Nurkic tandem, we wouldn't be surprised if this is finally the year Denver decides to move on.
Source: ESPN
Oct 8 - 5:34 PM

Kenneth Faried (rest) will not play on Friday night.

That means more of the Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic combination. Faried should be good to go for the next one as a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Oct 7 - 9:55 PM

Michael Malone said that he'll be using a different starting lineup for Friday's preseason game against the Lakers.

Malone rolled out a starting five of Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris (groin), Danilo Gallinari, Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic for Monday's preseason opener, but he's still fiddling with his rotations. Harris isn't going to be available for Friday's game, so we should get an extended look at Denver's No. 7 overall selection Jamal Murray, and there's a chance we see Kenneth Faried replace Jusuf Nurkic in the starting five. Stay tuned.

Michael Malone said that he's been "impressed" with Kenneth Faried through the first five days of training camp.

"Kenneth is having an unbelievable camp," said Malone. "He's in great shape, and just how hard he's working. I've been very impressed with Kenneth and his mind set." Faried has tantalized the fantasy world with his uber-athleticism ever since he came into the league, but through five years of NBA experience, he just hasn't seemed to ever reach his potential. The Manimal was just a ninth-round guy last year and will be facing some increased competition for minutes this year from Jusuf Nurkic and Wilson Chandler, so he's really not worth much more than a late-round pick.
Sep 29 - 5:36 PM

Coach Mike Malone said he won't reveal his starting power forward for the season opener.

He did say he knows the answer here, but he's going to keep it in house. Malone added he wants a lot of competition for that spot. Back in August, Malone said there is a "good chance" Kenneth Faried starts, so he's a heavy favorite. Nikola Jokic is fully expected to start at center, but the Nuggets could additionally use him as a non-starting power forward next to Jusuf Nurkic depending on game flow and matchups. Faried is more of a later-round pick these days.
Sep 26 - 1:24 PM

Michael Malone said that there's a "good chance" Kenneth Faried will start at power forward on opening night.

It's not surprising that Malone won't fully commit to the Manimal starting, as the big man averaged just 25.3 minutes per game last season and was outplayed by Darrell Arthur at times. This season won't be any easier for Faried, as the Nuggets re-signed Arthur and Malone may be tempted to pair Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together at times. Faried has also been in the rumor mill for a while now and the Nuggets could test the trade waters again.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 11:08 AM

The Timberwolves reportedly have interest in trading for Kenneth Faried.

The Nuggets are rumored to be one of the most likely teams to execute a draft day trade, and Tom Thibodeau is a fan of Faried from their time spent together with USA Basketball. Thibodeau is reportedly looking for a big man that can provide some interior toughness next to Karl-Anthony Towns, so this may be a clue that he doesn't view Gorgui Dieng as his starting power forward. If Faried does wind up in Minnesota, Dieng's value would take a sizable hit.
Jun 22 - 1:53 PM

Kenneth Faried made a surprise appearance on Wednesday with 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 19 minutes of action.

Faried even made a 3-pointer, the second of his career, and for whatever reason the Nuggets opted to deploy him as a reserve tonight after two straight precautionary DNP-CDs. Mike Malone got an extended look at a frontcourt pairing of Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic down the stretch, and Joffrey Lauvergne is also in the mix, so it's unclear how Denver sees Faried fitting into their long-term plans -- he's owed $38.8 million over the next three seasons.
Apr 14 - 2:16 AM

Kenneth Faried (rest) did not play vs. the Jazz on Sunday, as expected.

"For me, I'm just trying to get my body healed back right for USA Basketball," Faried said this weekend. The Nuggets are getting a late-season look at how Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic fare as a frontcourt tandem, so there's no reason to think Faried will return for Wednesday's season finale in Portland.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 10 - 7:35 PM

Kenneth Faried is not being listed in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Jazz.

Faried is dealing with a few nagging injuries, and there's no reason for him to play for a Nuggets team that is tanking for a pick, particularly with Jusuf Nurkic, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Nikola Jokic all in need of developmental minutes. Michael Malone would only say "we'll see," when asked about Faried status prior to the game, and there's just too much uncertainty here to deploy The Manimal in any setting.
Apr 10 - 4:59 PM

Kenneth Faried may not play in the final two games of the season according to the Denver Post.

The Nuggets want to get an extended look at Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic in the frontcourt together, and Faried reportedly has too many nagging injuries to count. "For me, I'm just trying to get my body healed back right for USA Basketball," Faried said. If your fantasy playoffs last until the end of the season, Faried's owners should move on.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 9 - 10:21 AM

Kenneth Faried (rest) will not play Friday vs. the Spurs, according to Nuggets' play-by-play announcer Jason Kosmicki.

The Nuggets are playing for Ping Pong balls, and with three young bigs on the roster in need of developmental minutes, Faried may have already played his final game of the 2015-16 season for the Nuggets. It'll be Nikola Jokic, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic benefiting most in his absence.
Apr 8 - 8:44 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Emmanuel Mudiay
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Gary Harris
2Will Barton
3Jamal Murray
4Malik Beasley
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Wilson Chandler
3Juan Hernangomez
PF1Nikola Jokic
2Kenneth Faried
3Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic