10.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.1 BPG
In the fracas of the failed Derrick Favors pick, Humphries truly emerged as the best at his power forward position on the Nets. Avery Johnson tried his best to give the Minnesota product's minutes to lesser players, but it got to a point where Johnson couldn't deny Humphries' stellar play any longer.
Humphries is an undersized PF with limited scoring skills, but that's not what he's best at anyway. He is a hyper-athletic and energetic rebounder and shot-blocker that I'd characterize as a poor man's Joakim Noah.
His consistency will earn him a major raise and possibly a starting spot on a rebound-starved squad. His 43 double-digit rebound games and 10 consecutive double-doubles in January and February show that, with minutes, Humphries could play at an All-Star level.
Teams That Should Pursue Humphries
Humphries would love to get out and run with the Nuggets and use his energy to chase down rebounds from Denver's barrage of missed shots. He would team up with Nene and Chris Anderson to form a muscular frontcourt that might actually be able to defend some of the West's better low-post players. His low-maintenance game means that Nene and the guards can take most of the shots without potential for frustration.
The Hawks are unlikely to re-sign any of the unrestricted Josh Powell, Hilton Armstrong, Etan Thomas and Jason Collins. That leaves Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia and Al Horford as the only post players on the roster. Humphries' addition would eliminate the need for Pachulia and allow Horford to move over to center while not having to over-exert on defense. Atlanta is also one of the worst teams in the NBA in rebounding, which is Humphries' area of expertise.
With Josh McRoberts and Jeff Foster coming off the books this summer, the Pacers, who do well on the glass, will need to replenish their stable of basket protectors. Humphries would blend into the background of scorers in Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger and Darren Collison while still offering a lot of production on the glass and in blocks.
This is the type of guy that Miami should go after to get better at defending bigs, because Chris Bosh, Erick Dampier, Juwan Howard and Joel Anthony won't be able to stop the Dwight Howards, Pau Gasols and Tim Duncans late in the playoffs. Humphries could defend centers, even though he's a bit undersized, which would free up Chris Bosh to just play offense. He is a low-cost, high-impact type of player, which is the only kind that the cap-strapped Heat can afford.