Humphries Deal Gives Nets Depth in Front Court
After becoming a Hollywood celebrity this summer following his marriage and divorce with Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries finally made the headlines in a positive way.
Humphries, who saw significant minutes last season, emerging as the top power forward for New Jersey and averaged a double-double as the Nets made a late-season push for the playoffs.
The Nets and Humphries agreed to a one-year deal, worth a reported $8 million. He is expected to officially sign that contract Wednesday morning and join the team, and will likely play Wednesday night, when the Nets travel to take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in their final pre-season game.
Before the signing, the Nets had big question marks surrounding the power forward position. With Humphries back in the starting lineup, Sheldon Williams will be able to contribute off the bench, a much more comfortable role for him.
If Humphries can put up the same numbers that he had last season, he, along with center Brook Lopez could team together for a dominant inside game, and with Williams coming off the bench, they should have the depth that they have been lacking in the front court.
Deron Williams will be awarded his first full season in New Jersey this season, and if he continues to develop strong relationships with the big men, the Nets could explode offensively this year.
Last season, Humphries averaged 10 points-per-game and 10.4 rebounds-per-game, a statistic that will need to continue this year.