The Denver Nuggets have been one of the most exciting teams in the NBA this season. Head coach George Karl has them playing their fast-paced and attack-minded system that always seems to give at least a little adrenaline rush to anyone watching. Though Karl’s system is based on the team and not so much on stars, it’s hard to argue that Kenneth Faried has been a stud for Denver this season.
Faried is in just his second season at the professional level, but his play has been that of a player that has been in the Association for quite a while. On the season, Faried is averaging 11.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, one block and 1.1 steals per game and has shot the ball incredibly efficiently at 54.5 percent from the field.
The most impressive part about what Faried has been able to produce this season is that he has done so in just 28.5 minutes per game. Though he’s in the starting lineup, Karl’s system doesn’t have him playing what you would normally consider a starter’s share of minutes. The fact that he’s been able to perform as well as he has this season with such little opportunity is truly remarkable.
One of the biggest things about Faried that doesn’t show up on the box score is how he affects the game with his effort and his emotion. When Faried makes a big hustle play or gets jacked-up about a big play, the rest of this Denver team and the crowd feed off of that. The value of that in a player can’t be understated.
Faried may never be a star in this league for the simple fact that he’s just not that talented of a scorer and that has become one of the criteria for being a star in this league. However, there’s no denying that he is well on his way to becoming one of the most sought-after and valuable players in professional basketball.