Kenneth Faried has his eyes set on returning to the NBA. The former athletic rebounding forward is hoping to latch on with an organization and is willing to do everything required.
Faried was drafted 22nd overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He wasn't an overly popular prospect, especially coming out of Moorehead State. But Faried was known for his relentless motor skills and ability to dominate when it came to rebounding.
He was an effective role player during his tenure with the Nuggets. In his second season in the NBA, Faried averaged 11.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in just 28.1 minutes.
After spending eight years in the NBA, Faried found himself struggling to find a spot on the roster. He hasn't given up, as Faried has been playing in the NBA's G-League this year with the Mexico City Capitanes. In an interview with HoopsHype, Faried said that he's focused and willing to do whatever is asked of him to return to the NBA.
"...I’m ready, I’m focused, I’m locked in, I’m a better vet, a better person, a better leader and I don’t even need to be a leader. I can be quiet and sit back and just follow whoever the leader is."
Former NBA veteran Kenneth Faried is eyeing a comeback
Throughout his career in the NBA, Kenneth Faried was viewed as an exciting "specialist" in the hardwood. Faried had the athleticism and motor to give energy to his teammates with just his relentlessness off the bench. He was a rebounding machine who could fight to keep possessions alive with his effort alone.
As the game of basketball adapted, Kenneth Faried struggled to find consistent work. Some of it was due to the fact that Faried wasn't much of an offensive threat with his outside shooting. More of a "garbage man" around the basket, Faried is still an intriguing talent due to his ability on the glass.
He's spent some time in the NBA G League this year playing with the Mexico City Capitanes. In eleven games, Faried has gone on to post averages of 14.0 points and 11.3 rebounds.