Kenneth Faried is one of the league’s rising stars and will get to showcase his talent in one week, when he takes part in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Faried averages 12.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season and could easily be considered an all-star for his spectacular work on defense and rebounding prowess.
His offense will come with time, but the one game of his offense that is already solid is his interior work. He can dunk the ball with the best of them and is one of the most electric players on the court at all times.
Faried will be one of six participants in the dunk contest to take place on Feb. 17 in New Orleans. The dunk contest is the highlight of All-Star weekend because it attracts all fans and never fails to impress and dazzle the crowd.
Faried’s teammate Ty Lawson describes what makes him such a great dunker:
“Probably just how ferocious he dunks. He gets up high. He dunks it hard. That always makes it good for an interesting dunk. It’s going to be fun. I’ll now have somebody to cheer for.”
The contest has had some incredible dunkers in the past, whether it was any one of Vince Carter‘s incredible highlights from the competition or Jason Richardson and his behind the backboard, between the legs dunk that won him the title in 2003.
Could Faried be the next great dunk contest participant that shocks and awes the crowd with his crazy athleticism and ferocious dunks? I think so.