Yeah, I said it – I think Kris Humphries is a sleeper pick up. To be more specific, I think he’s a deep sleeper pick up. If you’re playing in a deep league and are looking for a waiver option for points, boards, and blocks, then adding Humphries could pay big dividends.
There are a couple of ingredients to this rather unlikely stew. First, New Jersey obviously wanted Humphries pretty badly considering they were willing to take on and then waive Shawne Williams and cut the other Sean Williams in order to make it work. Second, rumors have been floating around that the Nets are looking to trade Josh Boone. Those two things together suggest that Humphries could very easily end up as the first or second big off the Nets bench in pretty short order.
The question you’re all asking at this point is “what’s in it for me?” Or possibly “who the hell is Kris Humphries?!” Those are both very fair questions. If you aren’t familiar with Humphries’s body of work I’ll point you to his stats page at Basketball-Reference. As you can see, Humphries was a productive source of Pts-Reb-Blk for the Raptors in (very) limited minutes. What you want to focus on there are his per-36 stats, which give us a glimpse of what Humphries might do if he earns the 18-22 mpg I expect he might. If Humphries can trend closer to the upper range there he’ll give you something like 12 and 8 with close to a block and a half a steal per game. That’s a bargain when you consider he’s only owned in 1% of leagues and there’s been no kind of run on his services just yet.
Humphries played his first game for the Nets on Wednesday against the Celtics and played 16:34, during which time he grabbed 8 boards and went to the line 10 times (making 7 of 10). He also shot 1-8 of course, but if he’d gone even 3-8 he would have rung up a 13-8 night and he’d already be picked up in a bunch of leagues.
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