Veteran big man Kris Humphries has had trouble finding a home over the last few seasons. Humphries was selected with the 14th-overall pick in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz and played there for two years before joining the Toronto Raptors for three. He then joined the Dallas Mavericks was dealt to the New Jersey (Brooklyn Nets) after just 25 games. Last year, he was dealt to the Boston Celtics in a sign-and-trade.
This offseason, Humphries had a chance to test the market and signed a three-year, $13 million deal with the Washington Wizards to be the primary backup to center Marcin Gortat and power forward Nene.
Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insiders believes Humphries can flourish in the Wizards’ up-tempo system.
Kris Humphries is excited to get out and run. Upon joining the Washington Wizards in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics, he told Basketball Insiders he is looking forward to playing in an up tempo system led by John Wall. Last season was a stopover for Humphries, who landed in Boston as part of the Celtics’ megatrade with the Brooklyn Nets. Now he has the chance to be a solid contributor off the Wizards’ bench as a veteran on an emerging squad. Humphries has proven he can be double-double player. While his minutes may not allow for those numbers this season, he can make an impact on the glass and the scoreboard as the Wizards look to continue their momentum from last season.
Humphries averaged 8.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.9 blocks in 19.9 minutes per game while shooting 50.1% from the field and 81.3% from the free throw line.