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5. Kenneth Faried

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Denver Nuggets Forward Kenneth Faried 

Height: 6-8

Weight: 228 lbs.

Nickname: “The Manimal”

Drafted by: Denver Nuggets, 22nd overall in 2011

Most famous for: 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Kenneth Faried will become just the sixth player to represent Denver in the NBA’s slam dunk competition. “The Manimal” is one of the most exciting young players in the league and is absolutely relentless on the glass. His physical style of play led to him finishing third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting last season, and his NBA stock is definitely on the rise. Using props has always been a hit with the audience, and Faried has thought about implementing a bowling ball into his routine. “I thought about that, but I haven’t practiced it or anything. I really don’t know if I’m going to do it or not. I don’t want to end up injured from a dunk contest,” (Kenneth Faried interview from The Denver Post)

Kenneth Faried Slam Dunk NBA Player Profile

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