ASW: Faried a “Rising Star”; Nuggets in the dunk contest?

For the second consecutive season, the Denver Nuggets will not be represented in the NBA All-Star Game. While there is a strong case to be made that their two leading scorers Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson have been playing at an All-Star caliber level in 2013, dreadfully slow season starts and a talent-rich Western Conference left them far outside the bubble of serious consideration.

This does not mean, however, that Nuggets players will be completely absent from All-Star Weekend. Last week when the NBA announced the rosters for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Kenneth Faried received the honor of being selected to the sophomore team. While it may fall short of being named a full-fledged All-Star, this remains a fairly prestigious distinction for an NBA underclassman.

And he may just get the chance to showcase his acclaimed athleticism in an even brighter limelight.

Yesterday, Nuggets radio announcer Jason Kosmicki tweeted: “I’m hearing Faried may be in slam dunk contest.” If his sources are correct, the Manimal will have the opportunity to showcase his talent on two of the most prominent stages outside the big game itself.

Additionally, Matt Moore of CBS and Hardwood Paroxysm tweeted that JaVale McGee has expressed interest in making a second appearance: “JaVale says he would do dunk contest, has NOT been asked.”

Of course, who could forget McGee’s first dunk contest performance two years ago, in which he dunked two balls in two separate hoops and then proceeded to dunk three balls in one?

The last Denver player to enter the contest was J.R. Smith in 2009, but he failed to deliver on the high expectations Nuggets fans had going in. So the prospect of having both Kenneth and JaVale representing the Nuggets, and getting the chance to display their creativity and athleticism individually and as teammates, sounds pretty good in my book.

Stay tuned…

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Joel is a long time Denver Nuggets (and Broncos) fan from Colorado who's been living in Japan since the mid-90s, and blogging about the Nuggets since 2008. You can contact and follow him on Twitter: @denbutsu.
  • AaronCAPS

    if Faried & McGee both entered that’d be so awesome man!!! it’d be so exciting but idk who i’d go for haha. hope it happens though!

  • Mario

    If Faried isn’t asked to be in the Slam Dunk competition, then I will lose faith in humanity…or at least in the selection committee

  • fakename

    The most hilarious dunk contest ever is when Birdman kept failing to dunk the ball (while on meth)

    • jimmy


  • Kalen

    JaVale and McGee in the same dunk contest would be great for the Nuggets, and the NBA. They need stars, or at least people who generate buzz. As athletic as Jeremy Evans is, him winning does nothing for the NBA.

    • Jeff

      Yeah, JaVale and McGee AND Faried would be awesome! Ha just teasing ya 😉

      • Evan Woodruff


      • John

        Don’t forget Kenneth… he should go too…

      • jimmy

        hahaha caught that too.
        javale and kenneth and mcgee and faried and manimal!!!

        SCARY GOOD lineup!

  • charles romero

    Nuggets fans join my Facebook group!

  • googergieger

    Fourth Seed baby!



    • jimmy

      thanks grizz!

  • Aurress20

    Would love to see Mile High representation on All-Star weekend! It would make some of it watchable as a Nuggets fan. I’d worry that Faried wudnt have the creativity required for the dunk contest; power dunkers & gamers that posterize opponents in-game don’t always show in the dunk contest… unless u kinda sorta jump over the front bumper of a car & people just randomly go ape shit for that.

    I’d hope JaVale would bring something new to the contest. Maybe ACTUALLY dunk over a car!

  • CJP32

    Faried needs to turn back the clock and wear a Antonio McDyess jersey and do some power jams.

    McGee could do his best Mutombo act and block dunk attempts from the other competitors, then wag his finger.