Kenneth Bernard Faried Lewis (born November 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets 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.
Faried in August 2014
|No. 35 – Houston Rockets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||November 19, 1989|
Newark, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Technology (Newark, New Jersey)|
|College||Morehead State (2007–2011)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Faried attended Technology High School in Newark, New Jersey. He received recruiting interest from Marist and Iona colleges in New York, but chose to attend Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.
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.
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. 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, 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.
College awards and honorsEdit
- 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)
Denver Nuggets (2011–2018)Edit
On June 23, 2011, Faried was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. Prior to his rookie season, he earned the nickname "Manimal", for playing hard and fearlessly. He appeared in 46 games (39 starts) in his rookie year, recording 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 22.5 minutes. He posted career highs of 27 points and 17 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors on April 9, 2012, becoming the first player in the shot-clock era to have at least 27 points and 17 rebounds while playing less than 25 minutes. He went on to be named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April. He finished third in NBA Rookie of the Year voting for the 2011–12 season, and earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors.
On November 12, 2012, Faried was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, November 5, through Sunday, November 11. It was his first and so far only player of the week award of his career. Three days later, he posted 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds (career-high 11 offensive) in 36 minutes against the Miami Heat. On December 12, he recorded a season-high 26 points, 14 rebounds and career-high three steals in 38 minutes against the Minnesota Timberwolves. On February 15, 2013, he was named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, where he recorded 40 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes for the winning side as Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163–135.
On February 3, 2014, Faried recorded a career-high 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds against the Los Angeles Clippers. He registered a new career high with 32 points on 14-of-20 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 7. He posted 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes on April 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans, becoming the first player in NBA history to record those numbers while playing 27 minutes or less. He recorded 24 points to go along with a career-high 21 rebounds against the Utah Jazz on April 12.
On October 8, 2014, Faried signed a multi-year contract extension with the Nuggets. On December 26, he had a career-high 25 rebounds to go along with 26 points, as the Nuggets beat the Timberwolves 106–102. On April 12, 2015, he scored a season-high 30 points in a 122–111 win over the Sacramento Kings.
On November 3, 2015, Faried scored a season-high 28 points in a 120–109 win over the Lakers. On March 6, 2016, he recorded 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds in a 116–114 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Faried suffered through a sore back for much of the 2016–17 season and caused him to miss 15 games overall, most of which were in February, March and the final games in April. He played through the pain in many others. He played in 61 games overall with averages of 9.6 points and 7.5 rebounds in 21.2 minutes, all career lows.
His role shifted to the bench over his final two years in Denver, especially after the Nuggets signed Paul Millsap in 2017. Faried's role diminished in 2017–18 as he averaged career lows of 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest in just 32 games.
Brooklyn Nets (2018–2019)Edit
On July 13, 2018, Faried was traded, along with Darrell Arthur, a protected 2019 first round draft pick and a 2020 second round draft pick, to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Isaiah Whitehead. On January 19, 2019, he was waived by the Nets.
Houston Rockets (2019–present)Edit
National team careerEdit
Faried was a member of the United States national team that won the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup; Faried was also named to the All-Tournament team. He was also one of the 30 finalists for their 2016 Olympic team.
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
His mother, Waudda Faried, suffers from lupus and diabetes and has undergone a kidney transplant. Faried's father is Kenneth Lewis.
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- Berman, Zach. "With NBA Draft in his hometown, Newark native Kenneth Faried will see dream fulfilled", The Star-Ledger, June 22, 2011. Accessed January 14, 2018. "Without traffic, it takes less than 10 minutes to get from the Zion Towers to the Prudential Center — north up Elizabeth Avenue, past Lincoln Park on Clinton Avenue and into downtown Newark on Broad Street. If only the path had been that easy for Kenneth Faried, a Newark native who will realize his dream in that building at Thursday’s NBA Draft."
- 2010–11 Men's Basketball Roster
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- "Team Shaq at Team Chuck". NBA.com. February 15, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Faried grabs MVP as Team Chuck wins BBVA Rising Stars". NBA.com. February 16, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Notebook: Nuggets 137, Pelicans 107". NBA.com. April 2, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Nuggets sign Kenneth Faried to multiyear contract extension". NBA.com. October 8, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Faried grabs 25 rebounds as Denver beats Minnesota 106-102". NBA.com. December 26, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Faried scores 30 points, Nuggets beat Kings 122-111". NBA.com. April 12, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Faried leads Nuggets' surge past winless Lakers, 120-109". NBA.com. November 3, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Augustin's free throws lift Nuggets over Mavs in OT, 116-114". NBA.com. March 6, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "2016-17 Player Profile: Kenneth Faried". NBA.com. May 8, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Reports: Denver Nuggets send Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, future pick to Brooklyn Nets". NBA.com. July 13, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "Brooklyn Nets acquire Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur from Denver Nugget". NBA.com. July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
- "Nets waive veteran forward Faried". NBA.com. January 19, 2019. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
- "Rockets Sign Free Agent Kenneth Faried". NBA.com. January 21, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- Kenneth Faried and Team USA complete perfect gold-medal run
- Kenneth Faried a Finalist for USA Men's Basketball Olympic Team
- A Star Rebounder Leaves Trouble Behind
- Rebekah McCarty, Appellant v. Kenneth Faried, Appellee
- NBA star's child support before Ky high court