This might be Humphries’ last chance to reinvigorate his career, which didn’t go well with the Brooklyn Nets last season. He came to the Celtics in the blockbuster multi-player trade that involved sending Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.
He has one year left on a $12 million contract, but he still looks to be a player with limited playing time. Humphries averaged 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. He had started in all of the Nets’ games for 2011-12, but only saw 21 starts last season. His career shooting percentage of 46.5 percent needs to be higher this season. His free-throw shooting has improved significantly in recent seasons, and he’s at 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in his career. If Humphries is to get any major offers later this season, he’ll probably have to average much more.
The Celtics could use Humphries’ presence at forward and take advantage of whatever rebounding talents he can offer. In seven preseason games, he saw two starts, averaged 16.1 minutes, 6.9 points and 2.1 minutes per game, and shot 51.4 percent from the floor.
Many observers couldn’t figure out what the Celtics saw in Humphries to bring him over in the trade with the Nets. Here’s his chance to give everyone the answer.
He may not play like the $12 million man, but the Celtics need major production from Humphries if they’re to have a decent season, and if he’s to extend his career past this one. In either case, don’t bet on it.