Kenneth Faried PF DEN 23 Hrs

The Nuggets can begin extension negotiations with Kenneth Faried in July.

Faried is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2014-15. He's coming off a spectacular second half of the season that saw him average 18.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals while shooting 54.6 percent after the All-Star break. If Faried believes he can sustain that level of play -- and there's little reason to think he can't -- then he'd be better off playing out his contract and hitting unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2015.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 3 Days

Kenneth Faried had 21 points and six rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers.

The Nuggets have nothing to play for, but Faried is hot and may want to go out on a high note against the Warriors on Wednesday.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 6 Days

Kenneth Faried turned the tables and roasted the Jazz for 24 points, 21 rebounds, five assists and six turnovers on 11-of-19 shooting in Saturday's win.

The Nuggets are constantly abused by opposing bigs (Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors both double-doubled tonight for the Jezz), but Faried went nuts in this one. Timofey Mozgov, who had a monster game on Friday, gave way to Faried tonight, as Mozzy finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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Kenneth Faried hit a game-winning shot in the paint against the Warriors on Thursday, finishing with 18 points, 17 boards, one assist, one steal and six turnovers.

Draymond Green played great defense on the Manimal and the degree of difficulty was pretty high. Faried's shot totals have jumped up to 13.2 shots per game since the break compared to just 8.1 from before that point, which has led to some big-time numbers. Plus, he's been much better at the line and has shockingly put up second-round value since the break in standard leagues.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 16 Days

Kenneth Faried destroyed the Pelicans on Wednesday during a 137-107 win, scoring a career-high 34 points with 13 boards, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in just 27 minutes.

He shot 14-of-19 from the field and the Pelicans were just giving up points left and right. The Nuggets had 15 triples and 64 points in the paint for a variety of open looks. As for Faried, he's really come on and has no competition for minutes, so he's locked in as a must-start player.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 21 Days

Kenneth Faried received an IV before Friday's game vs. the Spurs, finishing with 18 points, 13 boards, four assists and one turnover.

The news of Faried becoming sick didn't come until Friday night and it's hard to imagine how the Nuggets would have handled their frontcourt without. The team has too many problems at center, so Faried will get all the minutes he can handle.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 22 Days

Kenneth Faried (illness) will be in the Nuggets' starting lineup against the Spurs Friday night.

Faried got an IV earlier in the day and will gut it out for the depleted Nuggets who are already without Wilson Chandler and Jan Veseley. As long as he can find the strength to play a full game, Faried should be the double-double threat that he is every time he takes the floor and limit Darrell Arthur to bench minutes.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 22 Days

Kenneth Faried (illness) will get an IV and try to play against the Spurs on Friday.

The Nuggets can't catch a break. Timofey Mozgov will try to play through his illness and they're running out of options right now. Faried would have been a great play tonight, but now there nothing concrete regarding his status. Darrell Arthur looks like a nice guy to use tonight while the Nuggets will definitely get in their fair share of small-ball lineups.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 23 Days

Kenneth Faried put up another nice line against the Spurs on Wednesday with 24 points, 10 boards, one assist, four steals and one block in 34 minutes.

He's on a roll and the Nuggets will give him all the minutes he can handle. Faried was limited from producing earlier this season, but the team has completely unleashed him. Outside of some sub-par free throw shooting and mediocre block totals, Faried is having a great season.

Kenneth Faried PF DEN 27 Days

The Nuggets hung on for a three-point win against the Wizards on Sunday, led by Kenneth Faried's 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

The Manimal made 8-of-15 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs to erase any memories of Friday's six-point dud vs. Dallas. The Nuggets' frontcourt is absolutely devastated at the moment and Faried is peaking at just the right time for fantasy owners, making him a must-start option in Denver's upcoming three-game week.