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Nuggets F Kenneth Faried named to All-Rookie First Team

Denver, May 22, 2012 After an impressive first season with the Denver Nuggets, forward Kenneth Faried was named today to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Faried received 19 first-place votes and eight second-place votes among balloting by the NBAs 30 head coaches. His 46 points were third among all rookies.

Selected 22nd overall out of Morehead State in the 2011 NBA Draft, Faried led all rookies in rebounding (7.7 per game), field-goal percentage (.586) and PER (21.94). He also averaged 10.2 points while helping the Nuggets to a 38-28 record and sixth place in the Western Conference.

Its a humbling accomplishment, Faried said. My teammates and coaches believed in me all along and I was able to perform and help the team when I got the opportunity.

Faried appeared in only six of Denvers first 26 games before becoming a fixture in the starting lineup. He recorded 12 double-doubles in the teams final 40 regular-season games, with the Nuggets going 11-1 in those games.

Faried went on to average 10.4 points and 9.8 rebounds in seven playoff games against the Los Angeles Lakers. He also added three double-doubles, including a 12-point, 15-rebound performance in a Game 3 victory at Pepsi Center.

During the regular season, Faried posted career-highs of 27 points and 17 rebounds in 24 minutes in a win over Golden State on April 9. He became the first player in the shot-clock era (1954-55) to record at least 27 points and 17 rebounds in 25 minutes or less.

He also was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April after averaging 11.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.14 blocks, while shooting .584 from the field.

Faried became the first Nuggets player to be seleted to the All-Rookie First Team since Carmelo Anthony in 2003-04. He joins Anthony, Nene (2002-03), Antonio McDyess (1995-96), LaPhonso Ellis (1992-93) and Dikembe Mutombo (1991-92) as the only players in franchise history to make the first team.

Joining Faried on the 2011-12 All-Rookie First Team are Clevelands Kyrie Irving, Minnesotas Ricky Rubio, Golden States Klay Thompson, New Yorks Iman Shumpert, San Antonios Kawhi Leonard and Detroits Brandon Knight.