Kris Humphries was a great addition to the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of the season. The team was looking for somebody that could grab rebounds since they were 27th in the league at that time. Humphries agreed to a buyout with the Phoenix Suns and the Hawks picked him up immediately, and he made an immediate impact for sure.
In Humphries first game, he posted 14 points, 8 rebounds, a block and a steal in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers. From that moment, the Hawks knew they picked up a good piece, and he was in the rotation regularly. A positive thing for the Hawks was that Kris could play either power forward or center, which helped with Paul Millsap and Al Horford resting during the game. He could also play with either of them in a lineup.
Kris Humphries in his Hawks debut
When the Playoffs began, Kris Humphries was nowhere to be found. Coach Bud refused to play him in some games, even though he had a great season for the team. During the 1st round of the playoffs, the only minutes Humphries earned were after the game was already decided. Before the Hawks faced the Cavaliers in the 2nd round, Coach Bud said that he would be utilized more in the upcoming series; however, the Hawks would have to be down 2-0 before Mike Budenholzer gave him meaningful minutes in the series, and he had two solid games for the Hawks despite losing both games. It’s not certain if the Hawks will bring back Humphries next season, but it would be nice. He’s proved to the Hawks coaching staff that he could be a solid contributor off the bench and his services would surely be nice to have going forward.
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil