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Kenneth Faried is a bundle of kinetic energy that’s both a chore for opponents to contain and a challenge for his own team to fully harness.

By Rob Mahoney
September 12, 2016

Faried is a bundle of kinetic energy that’s both a chore for opponents to contain and a challenge for his own team to fully harness. His rim running, cutting, and board crashing can define a game. Too often, though, Faried is resigned to the fits and starts that come with being a smallish big of limited ball skills and range. Those working around Faried are restrained by all he cannot do—especially on defense—to the point that his bursts of activity wash against the whole of his minutes on the floor. It’s theoretically possible to find a big who could play the perfect counterpart to Faried: a floor-stretching, shot-blocking, playmaking, full-time center. That counterpart player is also a freaking superstar. For all the value to be gained through Faried’s outstanding transition play and bulk rebounding, it speaks volumes that the conditions for his suitable fit are nothing short of a particular subset of the best players in the league. Faried is fine and flawed in any other case. (Last year: No. 86)

+ Ranked third in offensive rebound rate last season
+ Reasonably effective post player, matchup provided
Crummy defensive instincts lead him to misread rotations
Shot 32.3% on mid-range shots last season and attempted just a single three-pointer

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