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After the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Charlotte Hornets, the Hawks were looking to add another rebounding option to the roster and signed 11-year NBA veteran Kris Humphries after clearing waivers from the Phoenix Suns. Humphries is well known for being one of the most consistent role players in the front court over his eleven seasons in the NBA. He’s played for several teams including the Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks and now joining the Atlanta Hawks. Humphries posted his career season in 2012 where he averaged 14 points per game, he was a force on the boards, corralling around 12 rebounds per game. Humphries played for the Washington Wizards in the playoffs last season and at the trade deadline, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns and waived by them late last week as mentioned above.
While we don’t expect Humphries to bring an instant impact to the offense, we want him to merely do what he’s done his entire career; the dirty work and getting rebounds. Humphries adds a big body to a team who is well known as one of the worst in the NBA in the rebounding department. He’s a 6’9 ,235 pounds player, which to many don’t seem like a “big man” ; However, with the shift the NBA has seen the last couple of years, this addition fits the standard big men in the league today. Over the last few years, we’ve has seen a decline in the number of “bigs” that have a legitimate impact on the game. The size of Kris is similar to those such as Draymond Green, Tristan Thompson, and Paul Millsap. In smaller lineups, those players could play the 4 or the 5 which is beneficial in certain rotations around the league. This move isn’t the one to elevate the Hawks to the level of last year, but it’s a step in the right direction which is something the Hawks fan base can be excited about.
||Atlanta Hawks’ Kris Humphries, front, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 4, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Currently, The Hawks are 27th in the league in rebounds per game averaging around 41 per game. The team has played better recently despite Tuesday night’s loss. While the Hawks are competing for a division crown we are two games from being out of the playoffs. Last night, Humphries made his impact against the Los Angeles Lakers in which he posted 14 points, 8 rebounds, a block and a steal in the 106-77 win on Friday Night
The win helps bring some relief to a very scary situation for the Atlanta franchise who chose to hang on to Al Horford and Jeff Teague at the deadline. The Hawks are in a position to be successful in the playoffs if they can avoid being the 8th seed. I truly believe the Hawks could advance deep in the playoffs regardless of their seeding due to their 2nd longest NBA playoff consecutive appearance streak only behind the San Antonio Spurs. Hopefully this move will continue to give us a few extra possessions like we saw in last night’s win and even bring a few wide open 3 pointers from the likes of Kyle Korver, Kent Bazemore, Dennis Schroeder, and the emerging Tim Hardaway Jr.