For decades, we have watched as NBA players pen their own stories in the league, leaving varying impressions. Some are great epic stories like that of Stephen Curry and LeBron James while some others entered the league and burned brightly for a short period of time and have seen a fall in their popularity and fortune like Kenneth Faried, who used to be the star of the Denver Nuggets.
Kenneth Faried currently occupies a position that many work day and night to achieve, he plays for one of the leading teams in the NBA but the story that has led him to the Houston Rockets is not one that he hoped or wish he would tell. We tell that story below.
Kenneth Faried – Biography
Kenneth Faried was born on the 19th of November 1989 to his mother, Waudda Faried. Although his mother eventually came out as a lesbian and got married to her wife in a civil union in 2007, Kenneth Faried was fathered by Kenneth Lewis.
Not much is known about his childhood but his basketball career began at Technology High School in Newark, New Jersey, where he was born. Following the completion of his high school career, Kenneth Faried headed to Morehead State University where he had his college career and played for the full period of four years.
At the completion of his college career, Kenneth Faried had played 136 games and started 122 of them, averaging 14.8 points per game as a power forward and centre. During his time in college, he was one of his conference’s best players and helped his college to victories in competitions like the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, where he won the MVP award.
Although he was unable to win the big trophies for his college team while he was there, he won a lot of personal accolades, including being named the MVP of the Reese’s College All-Star Game.
When his four years were up, he declared for the 2011 NBA Draft and was eventually selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 22nd player during the draft. His rookie season was a good introduction to the league for the New Jersey-born power forward and he was nominated third in the NBA Rookie of the Year and a member of the All-Rookie First Team in 2002.
Over the next five seasons, he grew to become one of the Nuggets influential players before he fell out of favour and was eventually forced to the Brooklyn Nets and later the Houston Rockets.
Since he joined the league in 2011, he has played in the off-season playoffs twice in 2012 and 2013. In both seasons, he played 12 games and started 11, posting average playoff points per game of 10.3 and 9.3 rebounds.
Salary And Net Worth
Kenneth Faried’s career has seen him play for three teams – Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets, and Houston Rockets. He joined the NBA through the Denver Nuggets on a salary of $2.57 million for two years and signed a four-year contract worth $50 million in October 2014. Following his move to the Houston Rockets, he signed a contract worth $917,000 for one year.
Since he joined the league in 2011, he has been able to build a net worth of $28 million.
Wife And Kids
There is no reason to believe that Kenneth Faried is a married man. He was in a relationship with a woman named Rebekah McCarty. How long they were together is unknown but their partnership at the time produced a child, a daughter named Kyra.
At the moment, however, he is in a relationship with Atar Hajali, a businesswoman. A look through the social media accounts of Atar shows a baby bump and it is believed to be the child of the couple.
What Happened to Him?
Kenneth Faried was a high-flying player for the Denver Nuggets for six seasons although he spent a total of seven seasons with the team. A combination of poor form and coach’s preferences led to reduced minutes for Kenneth in the last two years of his time with the Denver Nuggets and this did not change following his subsequent trade to the Brooklyn Nets.
In 2019, having played just 12 games for the Nets, he was traded to the Houston Rockets where he has seen an uptick in his fortunes, playing an average of 26.7 minutes for the Rockets across 18 games and posting 14.3 points per game.