So...some guys (ahem Polomontana) think that getting a guy like Kris Humphries is a good thing...especially when it would cost us next to nothing. We get rid of an expiring contract in Boobie Gibson (who really only has a shot at making any kind of a positive impact on this team if our guard rotation sees a major injury.) We get a guy who put up a 13.8/11.0 season with a PER of 17.8. As a stat junkie, I can dig those kinds of numbers.
But there is always a cost...there's always a figure...and there's always a different way to view things.In this case, there's looking beyond the numbers. The obvious ones that are in your face. He did show bigger jump in rebounds and points scored. But a big man that takes nearly 11 shots per game should probably make more than 14 points, right? Last year was only the second time in his career that he hit over 70% of his free throws too...and that's not a good number to be below. Statistically, that seems like an outlier. An anomaly. His big jump in minutes played had a lot to do with his statistical numbers moving up...and lets face it, somebody on the Nets has to score the ball, right? And somebody on the Nets has to get some rebounds, right? Brook Lopez is OK, but he's far from a stud. He can score the ball, but his rebound numbers leave a lot to be desired.
Then there's the cap flexibility. Yes, the Cavs can afford to take on his salary, but does that mean they should? As a Soldier, I am required to be physically fit. I run on average of 15 miles per week...which isn't bad, but isn't great. I can afford to eat Twinkies every day and not actually gain weight. Just because I can eat those Twinkies, doesn't mean I should. Long term, I don't gain enough to justify the urge for a few early calories/carbs after my run. There are better alternatives. While Humphries would show to be a statistical improvement over the PF's on our roster, the long term gain is what...5 more wins per season? Even 10 wins...is that enough to justify the payment of 8M per season on a guy who (at the age of 27) will be on the wrong side of 30 when Kyrie is beginning to hit his prime? He's only 2 years younger than Andy...and not nearly the defender that Andy is. His Per 36 minutes comparison?
Andy - 12.4 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 2.0 AST, 2.1 TOV PER: 18.9
Kris - 14.2 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.5 AST, 2.0 TOV PER: 17.9
That was last year. At 27, I think it's safe to say that Kris improving much more isn't likely to happen. Especially defensively.
Then there's Tristan to think about. Zeller is a legit Center. Maybe not a legit NBA center, but let's face it, he's not a PF. Andy is ideally a PF...but can play C for us in the event that Zeller doesn't work out. Tristan is a guy who has played Center out of necessity, but I think we all know that his best position is likely to be PF. (Yes, there are some who would like him at SF...but his shooting stroke and handles need significant improvement as a PF...let alone trying to step out to the SF position.)
Humphries didn't see a 7 points per game seasonal average until his 6th year in the league. It wasn't until the last two seasons that Humphries actually became a double double guy. In his first season in the league, TT averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 boards. That's the kind of numbers Kris Humphries had in his first 44 games with the Nets in the 2009/2010 season. Again, that's his 6th year. That's 6 training camps. Tristan didn't even get one.
To add to this further, Tristan's per 36 of 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds are better than Humphries first two seasons and on par with his third season (12.2 points and 10.0 rebounds.) 3 full seasons, 3 full training camps...and still he is only on par with a rookie PF that had to play in a lockout-shortened season without the benefit of one training camp.
Yes, Tristan's FT% of 55.2 was beyond reprehensible. Imagine him shooting a 43.2% or a 52.3% like Hump did in his first two seasons.
Kris would be a nice addition...for the right price. But a 4 year guaranteed deal that provides minimal gains...and possibly stunts the growth of a guy who has already looked to be better than Humphries first few seasons in the NBA is ridiculous. A handful of more wins is not worth it to me. And it's clearly not worth it to Chris Grant.