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Three weeks to training camp… Kenneth Faried is a Manimal

Sep 8, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

The wait is almost over. We’re three weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to.

Kenneth Faried wasn’t even supposed to play last year. George Karl was pretty straightforward in preseason about Faried’s chances of getting playing time. Karl had a team with playoff aspirations that had Nene, Kosta Koufos, Timofey Mozgov, and Al Harrington. What did he need with an undersized, raw rookie? Turns out he may not have needed Faried, but he got a lot out of him. Faried was the best rookie in the league the final two months of the season (thanks in large part due to injury, but it counts) and showed that he can and will be a force in this league despite whatever doubts people may have about him. Even if you don’t think he’s destined for big things, you have to enjoy watching him play. Manimal.

  1. EvanZ - Sep 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    It’s always amazing to me how year after year gearing up for the draft there are guys who are supposedly too “undersized” to play in the NBA.

    When will people finally realize that their definition of “undersized”, i.e. height of the top of your skull, is not what is important in basketball. Size = length and strength. Faried is 6’6″, so he was labeled undersized. Ridiculous. Look at his 7′ wingspan, 9′ standing reach, incredible hops, and strength of a…well, a manimal, and you tell me now that dude is undersized.

    Wake up fans. Look at wingspan, reach, and strength next time you want to call a guy undersized. Not where his cap goes. If this was soccer and Faried has to go up for a header against a guy who was 6’8″, then I might think twice. But basketball ain’t soccer.

    • wiLQ - Sep 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      “When will people finally realize that their definition of “undersized””
      You should point that out to some GMs in the NBA ;-)
      I mean he was a 22nd pick – it was strange at the time and now is just laughable.

  2. lakerryan - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    It doesn’t matter so much about wingspan when you go up against skilled 7 footers. At PF you rarely go up against them but there are reasons undersized centers with long wingspans don’t last long. Tall 7 foot skilled big men just have too much of an advantage. But I see your point

  3. EvanZ - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    “It doesn’t matter so much about wingspan when you go up against skilled 7 footers.”

    Length *always* matters in basketball. You look at the elite defenders in the league, they almost always have elite wingspan and/or reach for their position.

    This is why I’m very pessimistic about Cody Zeller’s chance for success on the defensive end of the floor. He is a 7-footer in name only with that 6’8″ wingspan.

    • dmaq1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      THATS why you’re pessimistic about Zeller’s chance for success? o.O

      Faried is dominant because he’s explosive and can play basketball… it’s not about the height, wingspan or amount of strength. Faried has great instincts on the court and his athleticism plus his knack to be around the ball and play defense.

  4. dls612 - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I won’t lie! I didn’t even read the article! All I seen was three weeks til training camp! Thats what’s up!!

  5. philyeagles5 - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    ebonics 101: dont use in your childs name. ex. Timofey

  6. zblott - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    It’s not hard to make the argument that Faried deserved the ROY award over Irving. For starters, he posted a higher rebounding rate than Love, Griffin, Cousins…everyone not named Dwight Howard or Marcus Camby.

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/4/26/nba-season-awards.html

  7. eugenesaxe - Sep 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    And we skipped this cat for Nolan Smith. Bad Portland, bad…

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