Moment of the Year: Though he had a great start against the Sacramento Kings, I still love his putback dunk against the Indiana Pacers.
We know what Celtics forward Kris Humphries is in the NBA. He hustles on the boards, is a mediocre at best defender, and if his mid-range game is going, he is a double-double candidate.
What does that mean? He should get $4 million a year on the market, and not the ludicrous $12 million he earned the past few seasons. Humps minutes were inconsistent this season, but when he played over 20, he was usually one of the more productive guys on the floor for Boston.
He did a lot for himself to improve his reputation, especially after the fallout from his tabloid stint last year. The Celts will look to try and bring him back at a low cost, but odds are he will take a better deal from another club seeking a backup power forward.
What Humphries does especially well is get under the skin of his opponents. He did that to DeMarcus Cousins in that game against the Kings, and we all know how he and Rajon Rondo got into it before Hump became a Celtic. That type of nuisance is much appreciated in the NBA and we have seen guys like Joakim Noah build off of that attitude. Hump will never be as good as Noah, but in that role as an off-the-bench agitator who rebounds like heck, he is a great fit. If he can improve his defense just a bit, he can be a seventh man on a contending team.
Grade: B -