The Denver Nuggets have a boatload of power forwards on their team for 2013-14. This season, the roster will include: Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur and Anthony Randolph. Faried, last year’s starter, could see his days come to a close in Denver with the Nuggets’ recent addition of Hickson.
The front office needs to consider a few things before thinking about moving Faried.
First off, Hickson and Faried put up very similar numbers. Last season, Hickson posted 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds in 29 min for the Portland Trail blazers. For the Nuggets, Faried averaged 11.5 points and 9.2 in 28.1 min.
However, Hickson had more double-doubles than Faried at the end of last year. In 2012-13, Hickson recorded the seventh-most in the league with 40. Faried finished tied for 16th, totaling 31. Theoretically, the Nuggets wouldn’t lose anything in the box score if they dumped Faried.
On the flip side, Faried has emerged as one of the Nuggets’ core building blocks in the post-Carmelo Anthony era. The Nuggets had a franchise-record 57 wins with Faried as starter in 2012-13. Faried even practiced at USA Basketball’s minicamp with fellow Nugget Ty Lawson this past week.
Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said the starting power forward spot is Faried’s “job to lose.” This means that the organization has full faith that Faried will continue to put up valuable minutes as a starter.
Because of all these things, this upcoming season will determine Faried’s future in Denver.
Faried has one year left on his rookie contract guaranteeing him $1.3 million. In 2014, the team has an option of re-signing him at $2.2 million. On July 7, the Nuggets signed Hickson to a three-year, $15 mill contract.
The Nuggets will experiment with a rotation featuring Faried, Hickson and Javale McGee this season. If it doesn’t work out, in 2013-14, they can let Faried go.
Right now, the Nuggets need to hold onto Faried. Don’t expect any of the trade rumors to go down this season. He’s shown way too much potential to be let go. After all, there’s only one “Manimal” in the NBA.