Power forward spot agrees with C's Humphries

Power forward spot agrees with C's Humphries
October 16, 2013, 8:30 pm
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TORONTO — Kris Humphries found himself in a familiar spot Tuesday night and we're not talking about being back at his old Barclays Center stomping grounds, either.

Because of Boston's dearth in the frontcourt, the 6-foot-9 forward has logged most of his time in the preseason at center.

In the 82-80 preseason loss at Brooklyn, Humphries saw some action at his all-too-familiar power forward position and responded with a solid 12-point, eight-rebound effort.

"I don't really focus on that a whole lot," said Humphries, referring to his position on the court. "It's what I'm used to doing [playing power forward] so it's a little more comfortable, a little more rhythm there."

Seeing Humphries flirt with a double-double isn't all that unusual when you consider that's essentially what he has been able to do when he his court time has been comparable to the 28 minutes he logged on Tuesday.

Heading into his 10th NBA season, Humphries has only had two seasons (2011 and 2012) in which he averaged more than 27 minutes per game.

In 2011, Humphries averaged 10 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in New Jersey (now Brooklyn) while playing 27.9 minutes per game.

He followed that up in 2012 by averaging career-highs in scoring (13.8) and rebounds (11) while playing 34.9 minutes per game which was also a career high.

While there was much speculation that Humphries would be moved rather quickly by the Celtics after he was acquired from Brooklyn, there's a growing sense that Boston just might keep him around even beyond the trading deadline.

Humphries, who will earn a team-high $12 million this season, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Boston has spent months trying to avoid being a repeat luxury tax offender while at the same time getting their fiscal house in order for future moves.

Moving Humphries for anything other than another expiring contract doesn't make a lot of basketball or fiscal sense considering he comes off the books this summer.

And if all the Celtics would get in return is another expiring contract, there's not much if anything, to gain by trading him away.

Still, for now, Humphries isn't thinking that far ahead.

He understands the daunting task ahead for the Celtics in this transition season where many - including himself - will be called upon to contribute in ways that may not necessarily be in their comfort zone.

Humphries' words and his play indicate that won't be an issue.

"Whatever they ask me to do," Humphries said, "I'll do."