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Welcome Kris Humphries!

July 19, 2014

The Wizards front court rotation becomes more clear by the day.  Ernie Grunfeld announced that the Wizards have acquired Kris Humphries to go with the re-signing of Gooden and the acquisition of DeJuan Blair. Humphries will assuredly be a big part of the second unit, playing behind both Nene and Gortat at the power forward and center spots.  If either of those guys get hurt, he has experience starting at either of the front court positions.  Humphries will begin the 2014-15 campaign at 29 years of age and is 6'10, 235 pounds.  He's a 10 year NBA vet who spent the 2013-14 season with the Boston Celtics where he averaged a productive 8.4 points on better than 50% shooting and 5.9 boards in just under 20 minutes a game. 

Humphries grew up in Minnesota, where he attended Hopkins High School, and led them to a state title in 2002 when he was also named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball.  Humphries then spent one at the University of Minnesota, where he posted huge numbers, averaging 21.7 points and 10.1 boards per game.  Humphries turned pro after that one year, and was the last pick of the lottery by the Utah Jazz in 2004.  Over his ten years in the league, he's made the playoffs three times, most recently with Brooklyn in 2013, but he's never made it out of the first round.  His career saw a serious uptick when he moved to the Nets during the 2009-2010 season and started seeing a lot more minutes, and his production increased in a big way.  His best season in the league came in 2011-12, where he averaged a double-double with 13.8 points 11 boards per game with the New Jersey Nets.

During the 2013-14 season, Humphries didn't quite fit into the youth movement that Stevens had established in Boston.  He started off the year seeing few minutes but he never stopped working hard.  That blue collar, gritty effort endeared himself to Stevens and the Celtics faithful, and by the second half of the year, he was consistently starting and playing major minutes.  When injuries struck, Humphries, who is typically a power forward, did an admirable job filling in at the five.  One memorable game in February against Sacramento saw him completely frustrate DeMarcus Cousins, holding him to 13 points over 35 minutes and scoring 19 himself.  He was also noted for spending a lot of time with the Celtics young players, whether helping them with adjusting to the league or working with them after practice.  He finished the season with a nice above average PER of 18.28, which would've ranked 3rd on the 2013-14 Wizards.

On offense with Washington, Humphries' calling card will be his midrange game.  He shot close to 50% between 16-24 feet, and was above league average at just about every midrange spot on the floor.  He, along with Gooden, will give the Wizards a couple of bigs who can really stretch the defense.  Humphries' range doesn't go out to the three point line like Gooden, but everything inside of it is in play for him.  When playing alongside Nene or Gortat, he should help eliminate some of the double teams they might normally face by pulling defenders out of the lane.  Similarly, he'll open up lanes for Wall and Beal to get to the rim.  Humphries is also a great free throw shooter who shot 81.3% last year from the stripe.

Welcome to DC, Kris!