Denver Nuggets Will Need Bigger Role From Kenneth Faried Next Season

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Kenneth Faried is looked at in a few different ways by fans around the NBA. He could be called a bully, a player with a solid inside game or a little of both. I prefer to look at the Denver Nuggets small forward as a player who could be on the verge of greatness. Faried has his doubters, but if Denver wants to go deeper in the playoffs next season, it may be up to him to do a lot of the heavy lifting.

He averaged 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds a game this season in helping Denver make the playoffs before being eliminated in the first round. There is a definite chance that Andre Iguodala isn’t back next season which takes a scorer out of the rotation for Denver. I really believe that Faried can turn into a more dominant low-post scorer. He shot over 55% from the field this season, and if he can get some more bulk on his frame, he could become a double-double machine during the 2013-14 NBA season.

Denver will be looking to finally get past the first round next year after falling in that round nine of their last ten trips to the playoffs. Faried is a player who can bring a great amount of energy to the court and can get under the skin of his opponents. I think we will see a bigger role for Faried next year for the Nuggets, and that means more minutes on the court. He was out there 28 minutes a game this year, but I would love to see him play 32-35 minutes a game next season. Denver has something there for Faried, and I want to see if he can make the next step.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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