Faried aims to keep improving

CBSSports.com wire reports

Denver Nuggets sophomore forward Kenneth Faried is determined not to rest on his laurels.

After being taken with the No. 22 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Faried finished third in the voting for Rookie of the Year and was named to the All-Rookie first team.

"Next year, hopefully I can get Most Improved Player," said Faried, who averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds as a rookie. "I've got a lot to improve on and a lot to strive for."

Faried has shown his desire to improve by working out in Denver much of the summer and playing for the Nuggets in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Wanting to hone his offensive skills, he also worked out in August in Texas with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon.

Guard Jordan Hamilton barely played as a rookie last season, but Nuggets coach George Karl would be surprised if that changed.

"I think he's going to come into training camp fighting for some minutes," Karl said. "He's going to fight to be that second guard off the bench. He's a big guy and does some things that we need. He's probably our best rebounding guard, and there are some nights that can be an asset."

Hamilton averaged just 4.4 points and 9.9 minutes as a rookie while playing in just 26 of 66 games. But Karl said he made strides.

"Jordan had a very good season for us as a guy that didn't play," Karl said. "He worked hard and toward the end of the season a lot of the veterans on the team thought that we should try to get him into the rotation."

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