|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 17, 2013 at 5:20 AM|
Mr.Humphries hasn't played all that much. When he has played, he's been full of effort. To be honest I think he deserves the minutes over Kelly Olynyk. I get why Stevens plays Kelly, and he should play Kelly. But I think Humphries would help the Celtics more.
He's not quite ready to demand a trade, but it's clear that the lack of playing time and erratic minutes he has played is weighing on him.
The 6-foot-9 veteran did not play (coaches decision) in Boston's 109-96 loss to Portland on Friday, his fifth DNP-CD this season.
"I'm just waiting for a break or an opportunity to get in there more consistently," Humphries told CSNNE.com. "It would have been great to have played better (Wednesday) night and us win. That would help. But as a guy playing inconsistent minutes, it's not going to happen every night for you. You have to try and make it happen and do whatever you can to help your team win."
The 28-year-old veteran has appeared in five games this season, averaging four points and 2.8 rebounds while playing 11 minutes per game.
But in the rebuilding process that the Celtics are currently in, there's always some form of collateral damage along the way.
That would be Humphries who has performed well enough at times to play more, but not well enough to where he has stood head and shoulders above two of the Celtics more promising young big men Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.
While he has often thought about what he has to do in order to get more minutes in Boston, he hasn't asked for a trade.
"That's why players have agents," Humphries said. "We just have to as players, focus on what we can control. If you sit there and say, 'hey I want a trade,' it's going to take away from the team and what you're trying do to."
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has praised Humphries often for his professionalism and work ethic throughout training camp and into the regular season.
And while it's clear that Humphries doesn't fit into the regular rotation now, the parity of so many players on this roster makes it such that everyone has to be ready to play every night.
"It's been tough. I'm here so that's what I'm focused on," Humphries said. "I'm playing some 4 (power forward) now, which I think will help out a little bit. But nothing has ever been easy for me. I'e always had shorter-term deals, always had to prove myself."
That's essential to any NBA player's life, even more so in the final year of a contract which is where Humphries is right now.
Nobody wants Humphries because of his deal. Nobody wants to take on the 12 million a year, even if it's for one year. Humphries was solid in the Celtics opener this year with 8 points and 9 boards. But after that Stevens has cut him down