On Thursday night Jimmer Fredette hosted a casual exhibition game in Provo, Utah that mostly consisted of NBA rookies and a few collegiate ball players. Though Jimmer was unquestionably the main attraction, Kenneth Faried reportedly stole the show.
According to fellow TrueHoop blogger, Nick Smith, of Salt City Hoops, Faried was “the most active, athletic, and NBA-ready talent on the court.” Smith would later go on to say this regarding his up-close impressions of the “Manimal”:
Faried’s offensive game leaves a ton to be desired but he makes up for it in virtually every other aspect of the game. Faried seemed to be one of those players that somehow is always in the right place at the right time. He is relentless down low on both sides of the court and runs the floor as well as any PF in the league today. After watching tonight’s event, I’d say Denver should feel ok about Kenyon Martin’s departure to China.
Salt Lake City’s ABC 4 News recapped the night, showing a lot of love to Jimmer in the process, but did acknowledge Faried’s performance by airing a few of his best dunks. In addition, SportsCenter awarded Faried the prestigious honor of coming in at No. 5 on Top 10 Plays of the Night.
Though the highlight footage is delightful, it can’t really tell us much about Faried’s overall impact on the game. What can however, is Twitter.
In just the last day alone, since Faried’s skill-set was aired in Provo, Twitter has gone bananas. In an almost unprecedented circumstance, Utah fans across the state confessed their unbridled appreciation for the rival power forward. Here are some of the best tweets I’ve found:
Bucks’ Tobias Harris, Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried best two players thus far.
Not going to lie but based on what I saw from @JimmersAllStars last night Kenneth Faried aka the Manimal is going to deadly w/ Nene in Den.
Thoughts from @JimmersAllStars last night: Jackson still plays crazy D, Jimmer will be just fine in the NBA, and Kenneth Faried is awesome.
Lots of 2011 NBA draft picks playing. Kenneth Faried has looked like the best player on the floor at times.
@jimmersallstars was excellent tonight! Most impressive = kenneth faried. Truly unstoppable. What it would take to get a faried type at byu?
I’m a big Kenneth Faried fan now!
The Jimmers all star game at the marriott center. Kenneth Faried is a friggan beast.
Kenneth Faried put in his “usual” numbers in Jimmer’s All-Star Game; he was the best big man on the court…
Why didn’t the Jazz draft Kenneth Faried? #BeastMode
Can the Jazz trade for Kenneth Faried?
Kenneth Faried is absolutely my favorite player in this game. Some body/basketball control issues, but ferocious otherwise.
Kenneth Faried, man. I can’t wait to watch him for years in the league. Crowd loves him too.
It should also be noted that the teams participating in the Jimmer All-Star game were drafted by Jimmer Fredette and Kawhi Leonard. With his first overall selection, Fredette chose Faried.