Kris Humphries, as of today, hasn’t been able to find a role on this Celtics team. During preseason, we saw that Humphries was playing pretty sporadically, not with some sort of consistent minutes as the likes of Bass, Sullinger, and Olynyk got.
For a vet on a young team lacking on talent, that has to hurt.
Still, Humphries is taking it as he should, with a team-first mindset. Publicly he’ll say he’ll work with whichever role he’s given, but he knows he needs to play minutes this season to get his money next offseason. (Via CSNNE):
The only thing worse than being an NBA veteran on a bad team, is being an NBA veteran on a bad team who doesn’t play.
There are early indications that this will indeed be the fate of Boston’s Kris Humphries.
Although he had decent numbers in the preseason, the Celtics’ pecking order for big men for now at least has him behind Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger and Vitor Faverani. And while the Celtics’ big man rotation will be subject to change throughout the season, Boston will likely go with a quartet of bigs most nights.
When asked about his role heading into the season, the 6-foot-9 forward is admittedly unsure.
“It’s hard to tell right now,” he told CSNNE.com.
“It’s challenging, but Brad (Stevens) is a good coach, this is a good team with good guys,” Humphries said. “You just have to figure it out, do what you can do in practice and take advantage of your opportunities when they come.”
Humphries most certainly won’t be stealing time from Olynyk and Sullinger, as those are pieces which the Celtics can use for the future. His battles we’ll be with Brandon Bass most certainly, probably for the backup power forward role. Both bring similar skills to the table, but Humphries is a better rebounder and Bass has better jump shooting.
Brandon and Kris are both physical bruisers.
While Humphries would have been a much better fit here last year to help KG on the boards, he still has some skills that the Celtics currently could use. He’s a rebounder who can – and loves – to get out in transition.
I don’t expect Humphries to be buried in the bench much longer, though he’ll need to work his but off to get out of there.