Kris Humphries is the Greatest Swimmer of All-Time?


Wait, how good was Kris Humphries at swimming?

Former Boston Celtic Kris Humphries is most famous for being married to Kim Kardashian for about 42 days. Although, he did averaged a double-double for two straight seasons with the New Jersey Nets, and posted 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with the Boston Celtics in 2013-14. He played in 69 games, starting 30, for the Celtics during Brad Stevens‘ first season.

Although, this past season he bounced around the league. He played with three teams, appearing in 53 games, as he tries to find another home in the NBA. Humphries was a 2003 McDonald’s All-American and has made $58 million during his basketball career, while set to make $4 million from the Atlanta Hawks in 2016-17.

Even though Humphries has had a solid NBA career, he may have been an even better swimmer.

According to, at age 10, Humphries had a very promising career as a swimmer. He clocked the fastest time in six national events: 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. Although, the craziest thing is that he beat Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte multiple times.

Yes, Michael Phelps. The greatest swimmer and arguably the greatest Olympian the world has ever seen was beaten by a guy whose claim to fame these days is his short marriage with a Kardashian. Phelps won his 23rd Gold Medal in Rio this past week, including winning the 200-meter individual medley for the fourth straight Olympics.

Phelps dominance in the 200 IM has been one of the most impressive feats in sports history. No one has been able to touch Phelps in that event for the past 16 years.

However, in the 50 fly as a kid, Humphries beat out Phelps by 0.4 seconds. He beat the second place finisher in the 100 free by 2.2 seconds, with Phelps finishing sixth. In the 50 free, Humphries won by over two seconds, with Lochte finishing 16th.

It seems that Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte were both late bloomers when it came to swimming. Although, the fact that Humphries set three age-bracket records, including two that lasted in the U.S. Swimming youth national record for 18 years, is impressive. In fact, he still owns dozens of age-bracket records in Minnesota, despite his national records falling.

Humphries told that he followed in his two sisters’ footsteps. Humphries also added, “I was so good at a young age that I got a little burnt out. I also grew up in the Michael Jordan era … for me, I watched basketball and saw it as a challenge.”

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Taking up basketball as a challenge and making it all the way to the NBA makes his journey that much more impressive. There is no way to know how dominating Humphries would have been as a swimmer but it seems that he could have had some sort of career in that sport. Although, he made a nice career in basketball, but who knows, maybe he could have won a bunch of Golds alongside Phelps and challenged him if he stuck with swimming.