3. Kris Humprhies
Kris Humprhies is coming in at third on this list with a lot to prove. A few years ago, Humphries was one of the best rebounders in the NBA. Last season, however, he lost his starting position to Reggie Evans and he was battling injuries throughout the year.
If Humphries can return to his form from two season’s ago, he’ll be the starter at the position. I wrote earlier this summer about how Humphries could be an X-Factor for the Boston Celtics, but that’s still a long shot for him. Last season Humphries averaged 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game. He only started in 21 games last season for the Nets.
The year before, Humphries played in 62 of 66 games, played 34.9 minutes per game and averaged 13.8 points per game and 11 rebounds per game–a total good for fifth in the league. He was also 7th in rebound percentage that year to top it all off.
That is definitely starter level production, but we have yet to see if Humphries can play on that level once again. Still, this is a contract year for Humphries and it isn’t implausible to see him working for a new deal whether that be with the Celtics or someone else.