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Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried
Faried with the Nuggets
No. 35 – Denver Nuggets
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-11-19) November 19, 1989
Newark, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school Technology (Newark, New Jersey)
College Morehead State (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Kenneth Bernard Faried Lewis[1] (born November 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[2] He was a center at Morehead State University, where he was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year twice and an All-American in 2011.

High school career

Faried attended Technology High School in Newark, New Jersey.[3][4] He received recruiting interest from Marist and Iona colleges in New York, but chose to attend Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.[4]

College career

A 6'8 (2.03 m) post player, Faried arrived at Morehead State in 2007. He led the Ohio Valley Conference in rebounding as both a sophomore and a junior (13.0 rebounds per game in each season) – ranking him third in the NCAA in 2008–09 and second in 2009–10. Faried also chipped in double-digit scoring in each of his three varsity seasons.[5]

Faried also led the Eagles to team success, as Morehead claimed a berth in the 2009 NCAA tournament by winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. He led the way in the conference championship, his 15 points and 17 rebounds in its final against Austin Peay earning him the tournament's MVP. In his junior year Faried again led the Eagles to the post-season, as they advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational. At the end of the season, Faried was named OVC Player and Defensive Player of the Year and an AP honorable mention All-American.[6] He also passed 1000 rebounds for his career.

After his junior season, Faried declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft. However, he elected to return as a senior,[7] and went on to break Tim Duncan's modern-era (post-1973) Division I career rebounding record of 1,570 rebounds. The mark, which had stood since 1997, fell to Faried's 12 rebounds in the Eagles' 71–65 victory over Indiana State on February 19, 2011. Morehead State again won the Ohio Valley conference tournament, earning a 13 seed in the 2011 NCAA tournament. Led by the play of Faried, Morehead State pulled off a huge upset in the first round of the tournament, toppling the 4 seed Louisville Cardinals. Faried ended his collegiate career with 1,673 rebounds.

In his senior season, Faried was named a second-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association and by Fox Sports.[8][9]

On April 1, 2011, Faried was named the most valuable player of the Reese's College All-Star Game.[10]

College statistics

Morehead State 2007–08 30 605 .516 .000 .580 8.0 .3 1.2 .8 10.5
Morehead State 2008–09 36 1083 .556 .400 .577 13.0 1.4 1.9 1.9 13.9
Morehead State 2009–10 35 1060 .564 .250 .595 13.0 .5 1.6 1.9 16.9
Morehead State 2010–11 35 1261 .623 .000 .577 14.5 1.1 1.9 2.3 17.3

College Awards & Honors

Professional career

Denver Nuggets (2011–present)

On June 23, 2011, Faried was selected 22nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, but got little game time his rookie season playing behind Nenê. After multiple Nuggets got injured, including Nenê, his minutes increased later in the season. Faried's style of playing impressed the Nuggets coaching staff, and on March 15, 2012, Nenê was traded to the Washington Wizards. Faried has been the Nuggets' starting power forward ever since.

In his first game after the trade of Nenê, Faried had 18 points and a career high 16 rebounds. He surpassed both those marks on April 9, 2012 when he posted 27 and 17, both career highs. His physical style of play earned him the nickname "Manimal".[11] He finished 3rd in NBA Rookie of the Year voting for the 2011–12 NBA season.[12]

Faried with Team USA at the 2014 World Basketball Festival

In the second week of the 2012–13 NBA season, Faried's aggressive play style and clutch of offensive rebounds earned him the Player of the Week award. On November 15, 2012, he set a new career high with 20 rebounds against the Miami Heat.[13]

Faried was the MVP of the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, where he recorded a double-double with 40 points on 18-for-22 shooting and 10 rebounds.[14]

He had a strong second half in 2014 after the All-Star break while averaging 18.8 points and 10.1 rebounds.[15] On April 2, 2014, Faried scored a career high 34 points in a 137-107 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[16]

On October 8, 2014, Faried signed a multi-year contract extension with the Nuggets.[17]

International career

Faried was a member of the United States men's national basketball team that won the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup; Faried was also named to the All-Tournament team.[18]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2011–12 Denver 46 39 22.5 .586 .000 .665 7.7 .8 .7 1.0 10.2
2012–13 Denver 80 80 28.1 .552 .000 .613 9.2 1.0 1.0 1.0 11.5
2013–14 Denver 80 77 27.2 .545 .000 .650 8.6 1.2 .9 .9 13.7
Career 206 196 26.5 .554 .000 .640 8.6 1.0 .9 1.0 12.1


2012 Denver 7 7 27.4 .533 .000 .750 10.0 .6 .7 1.1 10.4
2013 Denver 5 4 29.0 .625 .000 .733 8.4 .2 1.0 .2 10.2
Career 12 11 28.1 .565 .000 .741 9.3 .4 .8 .8 10.3


Faried is Muslim.[1] He has a young daughter.

His mother, Waudda Faried, suffers from lupus and diabetes and has undergone a kidney transplant. She entered into a civil union with her wife in 2007. Faried's father is Kenneth Lewis.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Branch, John (March 16, 2011). "A Star Rebounder Leaves Trouble Behind".  
  2. ^ Kenneth Faried Stats, News, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio – ESPN
  3. ^ Branch, John (March 16, 2011). "Morehead State Star Faried Leaves Trouble Behind". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b c O'Neil, Dana (February 9, 2011). "Kenneth Faried adapts and thrives".  
  5. ^ 2010-11 Men's Basketball Roster
  6. ^ Faried Named AP All-America Honorable Mention, accessed October 15, 2010
  7. ^ Morehead State's Faried to Return For Senior Season, accessed October 15, 2010]
  8. ^ Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams".  
  9. ^ USBWA names 2010-11 All-Americans, accessed March 17, 2011
  10. ^ "Kenneth Faried boosts West all-stars".  
  11. ^ Kenneth Faried: Nuggets' rookie on Denver, Dennis Rodman and being a "Manimal"
  12. ^ "Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving named Kia Rookie of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 15, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ The Times' NBA rankings: L.A. team in top 5, but it's not Lakers
  14. ^ Team Shaq at Team Chuck
  15. ^ Stein, Marc (September 2, 2014). "Team USA gets power surge from Faried". Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ Notebook: Nuggets 137, Pelicans 107
  17. ^ Nuggets sign Kenneth Faried to multiyear contract extension
  18. ^ Kenneth Faried and Team USA complete perfect gold-medal run

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from, or
  • Morehead State bio

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