Kenneth Faried

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

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. He finished 3rd in NBA Rookie of the Year voting for the 2011–12 NBA season.

He was named Western Conference Player of the Week of the second week of the 2012–13 NBA season. On December 27, 2014, he set a new career high with 25 rebounds against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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.

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

On October 8, 2014, Faried signed a multi-year contract extension with the Nuggets. On December 26, 2014, he recorded 26 points and a career-high 25 rebounds in the 106-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On April 12, 2015, he scored a season-high 30 points in a 122-111 win over the Sacramento Kings.


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Winning Kenneth Faried’s Autograph jersey

College awards and honors
Consensus second team All-American (2011)
NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2011)
2× OVC Player of the Year (2010–2011)
OVC Tournament MVP (2009)
OVC All-Tournament Team (2009–2011)
Reese’s College All-Star Game MVP (2011)
All-OVC First Team (2009-2011)
3× OVC Defensive Player of the Year (2009–2011)
OVC All-Newcomer Team (2008)
NCAA all-time rebounding leader (1,673 rebounds) (post-1973)

Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP (2013)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2013)
Consensus second-team All-American (2011)
NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2011)
2× OVC Player of the Year (2010, 2011)
NCAA rebounding leader (2011)
NCAA all-time rebounding leader (post-1973)

Men’s basketball
Competitor for United States
World Cup Gold medal – first place 2014 Spain Team