In the midst of a tough season for the Nuggets, power forward Kenneth Faried is hitting his stride. In doing so, he's adding pressure to a franchise mulling his future with the team.

"It's a tough season," Faried said. "But, yeah, I'm starting to become what I should have been earlier. That's an all-star caliber player. I believe in that, and my teammates believe, my coaches believe, and everybody is starting to see that I can be that type of player."

Faried is in the midst of the best stretch of his three-year career, posting averages of 20.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in March. He's shooting 65.3 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line. His points, free-throw percentage and plus/minus of 7.5 are all the best numbers for any month in his career in which he's played at least six games.

"I'm just playing," Faried said. "Back to how I was when I was younger."

Faried's biggest improvement has been on the block. His post-up play has steadily gotten better. A season ago, post-up plays made up only 5.1 percent of his offensive game, according to Synergy stats. This season, post-ups are now 17.7 percent of his total offensive arsenal, and he's closing in on a point per possession on those plays, which ranks among the top 25 in the league.