I came across Jordan Morey’s piece today, which looked at the impact JJ Hickson’s acquisition plays on the Denver Nuggets‘ willingness to part ways with one of its power forwards, mainly Kenneth Faried. While I agree with Jordan that the Nuggets’ power forward situation is a bit crowded, I fail to see how JJ Hickson equates to Faried in any respect.
The numbers are similar and as Morey pointed out Hickson actually finished with more double-doubles to end the season. But one of those players won’t be on the USA national team.
One of those players didn’t galvanize a community and its team to make an incredible run and earn a playoff spot. Kenneth Faried is the real deal; trading him to any team would probably have the fan base grumbling, but trading him and getting next to nothing in return would be a disaster.
I think it’s always wise to see what the market is on a guy, especially a guy like Faried. However, I don’t think you need to in this case. Faried is a beast. Hickson, by comparison, has fizzled out with every team he’s suited up for (Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers). At this point Faried is your starter, and if anyone goes it’s going to be Javale McGee since Hickson just signed a three-year contract.
I do agree with the piece that this is a big year for Faried. It’s a contract year and the Nuggets have high expectations. The Nuggets added veteran spark plug Nate Robinson in the offseason and look to strengthen their team’s core for a deep playoff run.
Faried is the Manimal. When it comes to trade talk who in the world would you receive in return for a ‘Manimal’? Not much.