It takes a long time to saw off his chains and let him out of his cage, but the Manimal is off the island and climbing buildings. He also fittingly killed Love after Valentine’s day. Kenneth Faried looks to be the new hometown hero, he’s probably eating free Chipotle somewhere right now.
He’s a highly efficient player, the best rebounder in NCAA history, and has a developing inside game. In fact he has the highest PER rating on the Nuggets at 21.45, above even Danilo Galinari at 20.05 whom I consider to be the best free-throwite in the league. Surprise, he also led the NCAA in PER last season at 34.77.
The main hack against his collegiate play was that he played at Morehead State, while this little college might not be any Harvard, at least we won’t have ESPN taking cheap shots at his ethnicity. Not to mention that the best stat to translate from college to NBA is rebounding. The other hack is that his offense is non-existent, which doesn’t matter in the Nuggets system. We are trying to score points in transition, which means rebounding and then running. This kid runs like a meth-head with a plasma and gets dunks like a witch in Salem. Also, people are wrong, his offensive game is good even in half-court, he has a nice finish around the rim. He’s not a volume scorer, (see: shoots stupid shots until they fall) but an efficient scorer like Nene and Lawson. I would rather get 12 points on 6-8 shooting than 20 on 10-20. They teach common sense at Morehead and Harvard