Denver, CO – The NBA Rookie of the Year voting was just released, and to nobody’s surprise, the winner is Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving had a fantastic first season, averaging 18.5 points per game and looking like a future all star in the league. What may go under the radar a bit though, is the fact that Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried finished third. The Manimal had a very impressive rookie season, one in which most people thought he would rarely get a chance to even get on the court. Coach Karl rarely plays rookies much, if at all, but Faried’s talents were evident when he did get his chance. He averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, and in the playoffs he averaged a double-double with 10.4 points and 10.0 rebounds. His impact on the team was obvious, as his energy and tenacity were impressive all season. Kenneth also never seemed to hit that “rookie wall” where most first year players get tired near the end of the season. He only got better, which is a fantastic sign heading into next year. Keep in mind that Faried was chosen 22nd overall in last June’s NBA Draft. I think it is safe to say that if the same draft was held today, he would easily be chosen in the top 5 picks. Nice job, GM Masai Ujiri. The upcoming seasons have a ton of promise for the Denver Nuggets and their fans, and Kenneth Faried is one of the key reasons why.
Denver Sports by J Simp