Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried doesn’t make the headlines all that often because he’s a low key player who plays on an NBA team that rarely gets noticed. Faried should receive a few mentions tonight because of the incredible performance that he put up against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. According to ESPN, the fourth-year player scored 25 points and pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds. Without that contribution, the Nuggets might not have gotten past the Mavericks.
For the season, Kenneth Faried has averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game, which is pretty much on par with what he has done throughout his career in the NBA. His consistency is one of the reasons why there’s at least one general manager in the National Basketball Association that has contacted the Denver Nuggets to check on his availability. On Sunday, Faried decided to double his production against the Dallas Mavericks.
Another reason why the Denver Nuggets were able to beat the Dallas Mavericks was because of the superb play of Will Barton. The backup small forward scored 20 points on a very efficient 50 percent shooting. Barton was also able to get to the free throw line, where he made six of seven shots. When you’re able to secure more than 30 minutes a game off the bench, that means that you have the trust of your head coach. Mike Malone definitely trusts Barton.
Dirk Nowitzki was his usual self, proving to the NBA that you can still be productive at an older age. The German native scored 30 points and pulled down six rebounds. Nowitzki shot better than 50 percent and was especially dangerous from beyond the three-point line. When Dirk plays as well as he did against the Denver Nuggets, then the Mavericks are usually really hard to defeat, so kudos to Mike Malone for having his guys ready to play.
JJ Barea and David Lee provided some really good support from the bench. Lee was signed for their upcoming run in the NBA Playoffs, and he’s now worked his way into the rotation as the top backup big man behind Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia. Eighteen points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks are tremendous for a backup player. Barea contributed 15 points and four assists, while being a pest to the defense.
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