NYPost.com is reporting that the New York Knicks plan to select Kenneth Faried out of Morehead State with the 17th pick in the draft. They've taken a great interest in him lately and are hopeful that this rebounding monster will fall down to their pick.
Standing at 6'8", he is a bit undersized to play power forward, but he is acclaimed for the energy and drive that he brings to a team. His pure desire, hustle and skill in pulling down rebounds make him such a force on the boards that players much taller than him had no success in stopping him. This past year, as a senior, he averaged 13.4 rebounds per game. Those are just monstrous numbers. He brings an intensity on defense and rebounding that no player on the Knicks can match. That kind of ferocity is something that this New York team desperately needs after being known around the league for being soft on both defense and the boards.
Here's a scouting report on him from NBADraft.net:
High energy post player who excels at doing the dirty work, in particular rebounding, defending and banging in the post ... Plays with exuberance and aggressiveness ... An above average, fluid athlete who is willing to sacrifice his body ... Huge hands help him to secure rebounds. Athletic body ... An excellent run/jump athlete with explosive leaping ability ... His long arms and explosiveness help to compensate for his lack of ideal size ...
Does this ring a bell? It should, since he sounds a lot like Dennis Rodman. Can you imagine Faried turning into a Rodman-type player? It would bring our team to new heights, especially if we could use him off the bench to back up Amar'e. Right now, we don't really have any backup power forwards to let STAT rest a little during games. When we pull him out, usually either Shawne Williams or Carmelo Anthony takes his position at the four-spot, effectively making our lineup much smaller. Having someone that brings hustle and energy off the bench and can produce well night in and night out would greatly alleviate the load that Amar'e has to carry for us every game.
Not only will he help with our rebounding problems, but he is also a great defender. His athleticism and desire allow him to defend players much bigger and stronger than he is. He also has very quick hands, averaging 2.3 steals, leading the Ohio Valley Conference. His ability on defense and rebounding makes him a perfect pick for us.
Overall, adding Kenneth Faried in the draft seems like a very smart move for the Knicks to make this draft. Hopefully they can get him, since his physical presence would bring a new dynamic to this team and improve it for the better.
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