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08:06 AM ET 07.04 | No matter how long the lockout lasts, Denver's first pick in the 2011 draft is still likely to be the subject of character study. Your new favorite Nuggets player is a Muslim. Your new favorite Nuggets player was raised by his mother and her female life partner. Your new favorite Nuggets player could change the way you look at society. Kenneth Faried, Denver's highest pick in the 2011 draft, has created a buzz across the Front Range, similar to when he led Morehead State to an NCAA Tournament upset win over Louisville last March at the Pepsi Center. Fans are giddy about the new power forward who wasn't just one of the better rebounders in NCAA basketball, but broke Tim Duncan's modern-era (post 1973) record with 1,673 career boards.

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July 4, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Will he be E.Thomas? Or will he be the next D.Rodman?

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July 4, 2011  09:27 AM ET

How tall is Dejuan Blair?
After everyone whiffed on him (granted, he supposedly had bad knees) you'd think in a weak draft Faried might have drawn more attention,

July 4, 2011  09:31 AM ET

Just plain silly, Bros.

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July 4, 2011  10:25 AM ET
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Blair is like 6'7 ish....but is sgnificantly more skilled offensvelyI havent seen fared play, but he was in a lesser conference grabbing boards against smaller guys. The guy has a great skill....rebounding, but he wont start and isn't going to give you any offense.....he was drafted in the right spot, IMO.he could project to an end of the rotation guy

I am not criticizing, I just have a question. I don't understand the logic of "drafted in the right spot." As I see it, every team has a #1 pick. It does not matter who else was picked ahead of your pick, that person is gone. You can only pick from who remains. So, even if you have the 3rd pick, there may be no "3rd pick quality player" remaining if the draft is weak. You still can pick someone. Whoever you pick, it is *your* first pick, so . . .. Why should I care if my first pick could have been picked 10th--I don't have the 10th pick, I have the 3rd. Do I pick no one because there are 6 teams behind me who would not pick this player, and there's no one else I'd want to pick?

July 4, 2011  10:54 AM ET

His life situation seems to be oxymoronic. Anyway, if I hear his name during the season then dude must be a baller.

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July 4, 2011  11:19 AM ET

i'm guessing the over/under on how many times he hears he broke someone's bracket is 250

July 4, 2011  11:20 AM ET

Rodman came out of nowhere and had a great career. Not saying Faried will be Rodman but from everything I have seen of him his hustle is definitely going to win over some fans.

July 4, 2011  01:55 PM ET

Malik Rose has offense?

July 4, 2011  02:01 PM ET

This whole argument about being picked in the right spot is flawed...

Was David Lee picked in the right spot? Athletically and skill wise this guy should have been picked even lower (as many draft boards actually had him), but his determination and work ethic got him to where he is.

On the other hand I never understood why Michael Redd was drafted as low as he was. The only knock on him was his size.

My theory is, that in the lottery you want to hit a home run. So you draft players who have the physical gifts and you believe can grow athletically and skill wise. Later on in the first round tactics vary much more. Some select more for experience, some still want to find that diamond to be polished, and then some select one dimensional guys, because they think their teams need that particular skill set.

Faried is a rebounder, and Denver needed a monster boards guy. This seems to be a match made in heaven... Too bad we wont be able to test this theory for quite some time as I fear the lockout is going to be even longer than in 1998...

July 4, 2011  03:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This whole argument about being picked in the right spot is flawed...Was David Lee picked in the right spot? Athletically and skill wise this guy should have been picked even lower (as many draft boards actually had him), but his determination and work ethic got him to where he is. On the other hand I never understood why Michael Redd was drafted as low as he was. The only knock on him was his size. My theory is, that in the lottery you want to hit a home run. So you draft players who have the physical gifts and you believe can grow athletically and skill wise. Later on in the first round tactics vary much more. Some select more for experience, some still want to find that diamond to be polished, and then some select one dimensional guys, because they think their teams need that particular skill set. Faried is a rebounder, and Denver needed a monster boards guy. This seems to be a match made in heaven... Too bad we wont be able to test this theory for quite some time as I fear the lockout is going to be even longer than in 1998...

I guess my question was this: if I am picking 3rd, that's it, that's my pick in the first round. If I don't want anyone on the board, I can try to trade the pick. But, if I am going to pick anyone higher than the allegedly 33rd best player, I have to pick now. By my thinking, therefore, a team should not be laughed at for "reaching," picking a player 5 spots, say, above where the "geniuses" think the person should go. The team has only four options: 1)trade the pick (if possible), 2)pick no one, 3)pick the person now with their first opportunity or 4)hope the person will still be around 30 picks later, in the second round.

I guess there is one more option; one could pretend to be disorganized, and let a few other teams pick ahead of you, then rush the stage and try to make your pick. Of course, this would look really stupid, especially if one of those teams picks the person you planned to pick.

July 4, 2011  06:04 PM ET

Fantastic rebounder. Saw both of his NCAA tourney games live. He jumps high and reaches the apex of his jump so quickly, in that way, he reminds me of Shawn Marion. He's a good defender, not a great defender. He offers zero NBA offense. I think he can be an end of the rotation guy from the start, pretty good value for his draft location. He has upside too depending on his defensive ceiling and ability to improve his offense. Becoming a starter over the next several years will be tough but not out of the question.

July 4, 2011  06:23 PM ET

Who cares what his religion is, or what his parents sexual preference is? Grab some boards and I will cheer for him.

July 4, 2011  08:42 PM ET

Not real NEWS. Give us something with some bite. Like the lockout has been settled.

 
July 5, 2011  06:54 AM ET

Well said Kagan. We're talking baskletball here, not partisan politics

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