Tim MacLean (@TimMacLean_)
Prior to falling out of favor in Brooklyn last season, Kris Humphries was one of the few players in the league that exemplified what it meant to be a walking double-double.
Humphries achieved the aforementioned feat during both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons while playing starter’s minutes for the then-New Jersey Nets. And his 10.4 and 11.0 rebounds per game, respectively, were each good enough for fifth best in the league in those same to year’s.
Now with Boston, Humphries could potentially be in for a heavy work load in 2013-14 due to the Celtics’ lack of depth at center. At 6 feet and 9 inches Humphries isn’t exactly of ideal size compared to the rest of the league’s middle men but the Cs don’t have much of a choice with Vitor Faverani being the only true center on the roster. Of course there is the possibility of starting Kelly Olynyk at the five but questions of his low post strength may force Brad Stevens to go in another direction.
However whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, Humphries’ 10th year in the Association will certainly be a big one. I fully expect to see him average double digit points and rebounds for the third time in his quietly productive career. In fact the 2013-14 campaign could be the best Humphries has had to date due to the simple fact that he is in a contract year. Humphries is going to be on a mission to prove that last year’s drop off in production was a direct result of limited playing time, not declining ability.
32.7 MPG, 12.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG