Jun 09

Predraft Workout: Kenneth Faried

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2011draft

Kenneth Faried considered leaving Morehead State for the NBA after a junior season in which he averaged 16.9 points and 13.0 rebounds for the Eagles. He eventually decided to head back to campus, which was probably a wise decision. In his final season as a collegiate, Faried passed future hall of famer Tim Duncan for most rebounds in the modern Division I era. The extra season also allowed him to move into second all-time in double-double behind Duncan.

Now Faried isn't saying he's the next Tim Duncan, but when asked about being undersized to play power forward in the NBA, the 6-8 banger from Newark compared himself to another all-time NBA performer.

"You saw Dennis Rodman do it," said Faried. "Why can't I?"

That's the question many NBA scouts will be asking as Faried participates in workouts, as he did June 6 in Portland, in the run up to the 2011 NBA Draft. Despite being one of the most prolific rebounders in NCAA history, Faried is still asked whether he's tall enough to play in the NBA after four years at a small school.

The answers to those questions may be important to some, but not to Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, who was on hand to see Faried perform both at the predraft combine in Chicago and, more recently, in Portland. And for McMillan, effort is more important than altitude.

"Everything (Faried) does is hard," said McMillan. "The guy ties his shoe hard. Everything he does is hard. He's certainly a guy that's on our radar screen and when i watched him up in Chicago, all of the drills, everything he did out on the floor was hard."

If that's the case, the Trail Blazers might have to work just as hard to get Faried on the roster.


  1. If he is slated at 17, and Rudy and NY loves each other, then both teams would have a match made in heaven.

    by Hg on 6/9/2011 1:57 PM
  2. Didn't we have a fella playing with Drexler that was 6'8" tall and weighed 225 lbs.
    I think his name was Williams as in Buck Williams. He would be a monster on the second squad, almost like having a pair of Gerald Wallaces. Crum he averaged a double double and the leading rebounder in NCAA HISTORY!!!!!!! See ya Nicolas and Earl and a pick.

    by WB456 on 6/9/2011 11:19 PM
  3. How about Rudy a pick and cash considerations, if we can't sign and trade Earl because of the new CBA

    by Hg on 6/10/2011 4:06 AM
  4. The Mock draft has Kenneth Faried going 22nd in the draft, if that is the case we could just draft him instead of the center they project us to take.

    by Hg on 6/10/2011 4:47 AM
  5. If it's between Faried and that kid from USC, I think we'd go with Faried. I not entirely sure we're looking to add a center as much as some would lead you to believe.

    And as for Nic, if we didn't trade him to get Gerald Wallace, we sure as heck ain't trading him to get Kenneth Faried.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/10/2011 8:21 AM
  6. Thank you Casey, I sure wouldn't trade Nic to trade up three spots in the draft or maybe getting him at 21.

    by Hg on 6/10/2011 8:50 AM
  7. Faried has the chance to become the next Brian Grant, if not better. Just by following him on Twitter (@KennethFaried), you can already tell he has the perfect attitude and mindset. With he and Wesley on our team, everyday would be rise & grind!

    by DHawes22 on 6/10/2011 11:10 AM
  8. I don't trust the mock drafts on It's a great site, but it doesn't consider team needs enough. It might be possible to get Faried at #21, but it's risky. If we have to move up to get him, we should (although I don't think we should trade Nic to do so).

    6'8" is small for a PF until he proves he can rebound... done and done. Charles Barkley was a 6'6" PF, and he was one of the most dominating players in that position in league history. Are we just picky because we got used to the Aldridges and Nowitzkis of the world hitting fade-away jumpers with 7' defenders in their faces?

    by D_pickett on 6/12/2011 9:59 PM
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