Tough tradeoff for Humphries

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Kris Humphries isn’t quite sure how to take it.

The former Raptor is playing more minutes in his NBA career than he ever has, but he is on a team that has a very good chance of finishing the season with fewer wins than any team in the history of the NBA.

“It’s hard to really compare the two,” Humphries said before his Nets took on the Raptors here on Saturday night. “You have to just go with the flow and know that if you’re in a situation where you’re not playing as much because you’re with a better team, you have to make the most of it. And if you’re not on as good a team and you’re playing more, you have to try to develop more. You just have to make the most of the situation. It’s hard to say whether you would prefer one way or the other.”

On the plus side for Humphries career is the fact that he is averaging 17:50 a night this season, up substantially from his previous career high of 13:20 a game two seasons ago in Toronto. Since arriving in New Jersey via Dallas, Humphries is seeing an average of almost 211/2 minutes a night, which is more than his single game season high a year ago in Toronto.

The downside is the same one everyone playing in New Jersey this year is experiencing. Seven wins for the entire season. The 1973 Philadelphia 76ers hold the distinction of having the worst single-season record in NBA history winning nine and losing 73 for a .110 winning percentage.

The Nets have 14 more games to win three and avoid knocking the Sixers aside or even sharing that dubious honour with them.

It’s what the season has become about for the Nets.

“Man, we’re just trying to get to 10,” Humphries said. “That’s it.”

Looking ahead, Humphries isn’t sure what his future holds. He can opt out and become a free agent this summer, but he’s not sure that will be in his best interests.

“That’s not something you can think about because of the economy and the way teams are spending money,” he said. “Who knows what the market will be like this summer?”

Jersey, though, has not been without its lessons.

“Just to stay committed to what you do,” Humphries said of his biggest lesson. “I can’t say it has been an easy year, but at the same time I’m playing.”

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca


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