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Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone has not played power forward Kenneth Faried in the past five games and told reporters Wednesday Faried is not part of the current rotation.
Faried’s last meaningful minutes came back on Dec. 10 when he played 32 minutes against the Indiana Pacers and finished with four points and 11 rebounds.
“Our job is to win games and we’re winning games right now,” Malone told reporters. “Last 10 games, we have the third-best (defensive efficiency) in the NBA. We’re one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA. Right now, Kenneth is not part of the rotation. Obviously, things change in this business. But why would I play him over Nikola or Trey Lyles with how well they’re playing right now?”
In 25 games this season, Faried is averaging 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 55.4 percent from the field. He has been with the Nuggets since 2011 and is making $12.9 million this year.
Trey Lyles has been much more productive for the Nuggets and spaces the floor better compared to Faried. Lyles entered Wednesday averaging 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds over his past nine games.