Nuggs draft Faried then complete trade for Miller and Hamilton |

Nuggs draft Faried then complete trade for Miller and Hamilton

Benjamin Hochman
The Denver Post
Morehead State's Kenneth Faried signs autographs after being taken with the No. 23 pick by the Denver Nuggets during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Nuggets selected forward Kenneth Faried, the big rebounder from Morehead State, with the 22nd pick of the NBA draft Thursday night, then made a big trade.

Two NBA sources confirmed Denver traded point guard Raymond Felton to Portland for Andre Miller, in addition to a future second-rounder and the 26th pick in Thursday’s draft. That 26th pick was acquired by Portland from Dallas, which selected Texas forward Jordan Hamilton, who now is headed to the Mile High City. Portland traded guard Rudy Fernandez to the Mavericks in the deal.

Faried is 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds and one was of the best college rebounders last season. He averaged 14.5 boards as a senior, after two straight seasons when he averaged 13 per game. He also

averaged 17.6 points and 2.4 blocks.

And the 6-9 Hamilton had a nice career for Texas, but he slipped in recent days – a couple weeks ago, many mock drafts had him going in the mid-teens. Hamilton averaged 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds last season for the Longhorns.

But the big move was Felton-for-Miller. Felton played well for Denver down the stretch last season, but he clearly wants to be a starting point guard – and he wouldn’t start here in Denver, because of Ty Lawson.

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