When the Boston Celtics received Kris Humphries in the Kevin Garnett–Paul Pierce deal, many fans had mixed feelings about the power forward coming to Boston. After all, he is one of the most hated players in the NBA. Last year, he and Rajon Rondo also got in a bit of tussle, which left a sour taste of Humphiries in Boston fans’ mouths.
However, his contract is set to expire after the season, so fans were willing to take him for a year for the sake of rebuilding. As the year goes on, Humphries has certainly exceeded expectations and has become a valuable player on the Celtics roster. Apparently Danny Ainge has already talked about an extension with Kris, which would be a wise decision on their part.
In about 20 minutes per game, Humphries is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. He has been one of the most consistent, hard-working players on the Celtics in their dismal season. He’s a bruiser down low and a relentless rebounder with a number of double-digit rebound games. Crashing the boards on the offensive end has become a lost art in Boston for the past few years, but Humphries has brought it back.
He works hard, puts the team first and has evidently made amends with Rondo. In fact, he and Rondo seem to play extremely well together. Humphries has a decent mid-range jumper and Rondo always finds shooting big men (Garnett, Brandon Bass, Rasheed Wallace). They have a great relationship now, and he has been more accepted by the Boston fanbase.
Depending on how the Celtics assemble their roster next season, Humphries could be extremely valuable coming off the bench for a contending team. The Celtics are in position to make a huge splash this offseason and be in contention once again next season. They need to make Humphries a part of that and re-sign him in the offseason.