Humphries failed to score a point in Saturday's win over the Pistons, missing all seven of his field goal attempts (including four from three-point range) while pulling down five rebounds in 17 minutes. Nene Hilario ended up playing more than he did on the night, as his shot was actually falling. Humphries' conversion into a stretch four has had its ups and downs so far, but overall he's shooting a respectable 41.2 percent (14-for-34) from beyond the arc this season.
Humphries managed seven points and six rebounds in Wednesday's 102-99 win against San Antonio. Humphries got the start for Washington on Wednesday, however his playing time is a pretty 50-50 split with Nene Hilario. Through four games he's averaging 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and those numbers are very similar to what he's done most of his 10-year career. It's unlikely to expect that to change much in the future.
Though Wizards coach Randy Wittman hasn't confirmed as much, Humphries looks poised to displace Nene Hilario as the team's starting power forward this season, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports. Humphries isn't on par with Hilario as a scorer or rebounder in the low post, but Humphries' willingness to expand his range out to three-point line during the preseason appears to align better with Wittman's desire to employ a "pace-and-space" lineup that would keep four players with capable three-point strokes on the court. It's possible Wittman ends up switching things up if the lineup fails to gain much traction in the early going, but with Humphries' minutes and three-point attempts likely to rise with the change in offensive philosophy, he'll make for an interesting late-round target in deeper leagues.
Wizards veteran Kris Humphries has come to the realization that he might need to re-invent himself as a stretch forward to maximize his potential to remain a viable player in the NBA, according to CSNWashington.com. And that means expanding his shooting range to beyond the arc. That would be quite a departure for Humphires, who made two 3-pointers as a rookie and none since. "I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff," he said. "I started working on it this year. I had a lot of success in the last month (practicing) and I was working on it every day." Humphries was a forgotten man in the playoffs, playing just five total minutes after averaging 21 minutes a game in the regular season.
Wizards power forward Kris Humphries scored six points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field in his return to the floor Wednesday. Humphries also grabbed one rebound and dished out one assist in 15 minutes of action. Humphries missed 16 consecutive games with a groin injury.
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