The Denver Nuggets selected Morehead St. Eagles forward Kenneth Faried with the No. 22 overall pick. Once the Portland Trail Blazers selected Duke guard Nolan Smith with the No. 21 pick, long rumored to be Faried's landing spot. Rumors of a Portland-Denver swap of Andre Miller for Raymond Felton are currently being reported but the picks will not be swapped.
Faried is a pure rebounder in the NBA. He had 1,673 rebounds in college, more than when Tim Duncan was at Wake Forest. Faried averaged 14.5 rebounds as a senior and 13.0 rebounds for each of the previous two seasons. He doesn't have much of an offensive game, but that's not what the Nuggets drafted him for. He will come in, be a true rebounder, ease the transition away from Kenyon Martin and give the team a true power forward.