Through his first five years in the NBA, Kenneth Faried has established himself as a highly productive player. However, he has continued to face criticism about his play defensively. Accroding to BSN Denver, Faried revealed that this is his source of motivation this season.
“A lot of people in this league and a lot of the media has been disrespecting me, saying ‘Kenneth’s defense.’ Even past coaches say ‘Oh, your defense is suspect,’” Faried said following Denver’s win. “And that’s what I predicate myself on. That’s how I got into this league. So I find that as disrespect and I just want to shut everybody up, not by saying it but by doing it.”
Faried is in the midst of a career-best season defensive averaging 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He is coming off his best performance through the first 11 games with a season-high 20 points with 15 rebounds, and four steals. It comes a game after he registering a season-high four blocks.
What has been most impressive about this is that he has produced these type of numbers despite averaging 24.1 minutes per game. Much of this could be due to his relationship with head coach Mike Malone. Nonetheless, Faried has certainly silenced his critics with his play this season.