If there was any doubt as to which side of the Kenneth Faried fence Nuggets coach Brian Shaw currently sits, there isn’t any more.

He sits squarely on the Faried side.

He does not want to see Faried traded at any time. Shaw wants his burgeoning star power forward back with the team next season.

“I definitely want to have him back,” Shaw said. “And expect to have him back.”

Post All-Star break, Faried was the Nuggets’ best player leading the team in scoring (18.8), rebounding (10.1) and shooting percentage (54.6 percent). He was third on the team in steals (1.1) during that span.

“Kenneth finished out the season very, very strong,” Shaw said. “We clashed at times at the beginning of the season because of what I expected – and I hold the guys to a high standard, just like I hold myself. I saw some things in him this year.

“Is he going to be undersized pretty much every night at his position? Yeah. But can he make up for that by doing some other things that he has a special and unique talent for doing? Yeah. I’ve seen it now, know what his motor is. I know when he’s giving us everything he has and I know when he’s not. And when he’s not I’m going to stay tough on him because we need him to always play with that motor.”