Coming in at #162 is new Celtic Kris Humphries, who is down from being ranked #84 in 2012-13, due to his struggles last season. Humphries is determined to be better this season and has worked hard in the offseason to improve his shot and to come into camp in great shape. He came to Boston early to meet the coach and his teammates and to get a head start on training camp. He said that he would like to stay with the Celtics to help the team through the rebuild. He certainly is saying all the right things and hopefully his hard work will lead move him back up the rankings next season.
Humphries first sport wasn't basketball, it was swimming. As a 10 year old, he was the top swimmer in the nation for his age in six events. He was second only to a young swimmer by the name of Michael Phelps in the remaining events. He still holds the US national record for the 50-meter freestyle for boys 10 years of age and younger. When he reached 12 years of age, he gave up his swimming ambitions in order to play basketball.
Humphries played high school basketball at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He was named a 2003 McDonald's All-American and named Second Team All-USA by USA Today. He was also named to the Super 25 Basketball Team by USA Today and named Minnesota Mr. Basketball, and state player of the year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and College Basketball News. He was one of 10 finalists for the 2003 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award.
Humphries then attended the University of Minnesota. There he was named 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and named to the All-Big Ten First Team. He was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press. He was also the first freshman to lead the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding in the same season, averaging 21.7 points and 10.1 rebounds.
In spite of Humphries personal success at Minnesota, his team struggled, finishing with a 12–18 record in his only season with the Gophers. Some of his critics accused him of being selfish and playing to inflate his statistics and raise his NBA draft stock instead of trying th help his team win games.
Humphries was drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2004 with the 14th pick in the first round. He spent two seasons with the Jazz, averaging 3.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 11.6 minutes per game. In an interview on Media day, he touched on his struggles with the Jazz, being pretty much left to his own to learn the ropes in the NBA.
In 2006, Humphries was traded to the Raptors. In the 2006–07 season, he started off slowly due to lack of playing time from Raptors coach Sam Mitchell. However, he proved to be a very good rebounder and an energy player and was a part of helping the Raptors to win their first ever division title.
After 3 seasons with the Raptors, Humphries was traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He lasted less than one season with the Mavs and on January 11, 2010 the Mavericks traded Humphries to the New Jersey Nets. He averaged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in that partial season with the Nets.
The 2010-11 season was a break out season for Humphries as he averaged a double double of 10.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. In his second full season with the Nets, he increased his averages to 13.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks, which resulted in his being ranked #84 in the ESPN rankings. On July 17, 2012, Humphries signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Nets, who by that point had moved to Brooklyn. Last season he regressed to just 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game and that resulted in his drop from #84 to #162.
Humphries drop in production last season could have something to do with his tumultuous life off the court. After a very public courtship, Kris married Kim Kardashian of reality TV fame. A two-part TV special was aired that showed the wedding and all of the preparations leading up to it. You couldn't look at a paper or magazine without seeing something about their very public wedding. On October 31, 2011, it was announced that Kardashian had filed for divorce after just 72 days of marriage.
Humphries responded by filing for an annulment instead of a divorce on the grounds of what he suspected to be fraud on the part of the Kardashians. The prevailing thoughts were that Kardashian's marriage to Humphries was merely a publicity stunt to promote the Kardashian brand and reality tv show. After a lengthy fight in the courts that stretched throughout last season, Humphries was granted a divorce. Over this summer, he was in the news as he auctioned off the very expensive engagement ring that he had given Kim Kardashian.
In July of this year, he was traded to the Celtics along with Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans and Kris Joseph in exchange for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. Humphries has the ability to average a double double, even though he regressed last season. With the work that he put in over this off season, we may very well see his averages go back to his 2011-12 season levels. It is a contract year, and according to his agent, he is determined to earn a new contract to stay with the Celtics. It's going to be fun watching him earn that contract this season. If he rebounds like he is capable of, he may earn forgiveness from Celtics fans for that fight with Rondo last season.
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