Rudy Fernandez knows how to reward his big men.
The age-old rule for point guards is to reward their big men for running the floor, and that’s exactly what Fernandez did in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets 110-83 blowout over the Sacramento Kings.
A bad pass from Jason Thompson to Isaiah Thomas resulted in Ty Lawson jarring the ball loose. Rookie Kenneth Faried scooped up the ball and tossed a one-handed bounce pass to Fernandez that was already past half court.
As soon as Fernandez got the ball, his momentum was talking him behind the basketball so the Spaniard decided to toss it back to Faried…over his head!
The pass is a perfect one, and Faried slams it down with one hand as the crowd erupts into applause. It was one of the most athletic plays you’ll ever see as the ball only bounced once.
Faried, who scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked four shots in only 10 minutes of action, is quickly forcing coach George Karl to find more minutes for him in the rotation.
The ultra-athletic forward from Morehead State was the Nuggets 22nd pick in the 2011 draft and had his best game as a pro on Wednesday.
With four blocks and that incredible dunk, Faried is showing how quickly he can jump on a moment’s notice. As he figures out how the pro game works, the 22-year-old is going to be one of the premier defensive players in the game.
And one of the best dunkers too.
As for Fernandez (12 points, eight assists, four rebounds), he looks to be one of the top guards off the bench in what is the deepest team in the league.
The 5-2 Nuggets are looking awful good early on in the season and are perfectly built for this crammed 66-game season.