Our first look at Kenneth Faried
Kenneth Faried didn’t play last season with the Denver Nuggets after Feb. 1, so it was probably a disappointment for the Newark, N.J., native that he was unable to go Wednesday night when the Brooklyn Nets hosted the New York Knicks in their preseason opener.
Faried has been cleared to play Monday night in Detroit against the Pistons, however, and will see some action.
Coach Kenny Atkinson told Brian Lewis of the New York Post:
"“Faried will play. We’ll see how many minutes, but he will play. He was good in practice, good energy, all over the boards, running the court. So definitely I want to get a better feel for how he fits with what we’re doing. “Now with Faried maybe we can mix in some big, big lineups and try that. Listen, I don’t think Kenneth is going to play 25 minutes. I think he’s got to build up.”"
Faried came to the Nets in July as part of a trade with the Nuggets after seven seasons in Denver during which his playing time dropped steadily over his final three years with the organization.
With the arrival of coach Mike Malone and his offensive system emphasizing outside shooting and floor spacing, Faried’s powerful inside game got pushed further to the background, as he averaged 25.3 minutes and 21.2 minutes per game, respectively, in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Last season, he only played in 32 games and averaged 14.4 minutes a night, coinciding with Denver signing former All-Star Paul Millsap as a free agent to man the power forward spot.
Faried has averaged 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 on the offensive glass, per game over his career and his per-36 minutes average is a robust 11.9.
He doesn’t have the shooting range to be a stretch 4, but with the Nets he will likely see playing time both as a traditional 4 and a small-ball 5 (Faried is 6-foot-8 and 228 pounds and played the small 5 spot regularly in Denver).