When the Denver Nuggets played at Madison Square Garden last season, Kenneth Faried had one of the best seats in the house.

It was still difficult being a spectator.

Faried, a Newark, N.J. native, was trying to gain traction as an NBA rookie and did not play when the Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 119-114 in double-overtime on Jan. 21.

Less than a year later, he is averaging a double-double (12.8 points, 10.4 rebounds) and has started all 19 games for the Nuggets this season.

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

After their fourth one-game “homestand” of the season, the Denver Nuggets practiced Tuesday before flying to Atlanta to open a five-game road trip Wednesday against the Hawks.

The trip, Denver’s longest of the season, will also include stops in Indiana, New York, Detroit and Minnesota. The Nuggets already have played 12 road games, while Atlanta has played 14 games total.