Good to see Kris Humphries have a break-out season

Approximately 3 years ago, this corner of the blogosphere first identified Kris Humphries – then, a back-up Power Forward for the Toronto Raptors – as someone with the attributes to excel in the NBA, if he would ever be fortunate enough to find himself in the right situation, i.e. with the right head coach and accompanying personnel that are “good fits” with his individual game. 

Kris Humphries, 2011 Game Logs

If memory serves correctly, this was the line-up suggested by yours truly:

STARTERS
PG, Jose Calderon
OG, Anthony Parker
SF, Jamario Moon
PF, Kris Humphries
C, Chris Bosh

KEY SUBS
PG, Roko Ukic
G/F, Joey Graham
PF/C, Pops Mensah-Bonsu

as a solid core group for the future development of the Toronto Raptors.

As the 2010-2011 regular season draws to a close  …

2006 NBA Draft – Rudy Gay, No. 8 Selection, 1st Round [instead of Bargnani-A]

2007 NBA Draft – No Selection

2008 NBA Draft – Roy Hibbert, No. 17 Selection, 1st Round [instead of O'Neal-J]

2009 NBA Draft – Derrick Brown and Marcus Thornton, 2nd Round [instead of DeRozan-D]

2010 NBA Draft – Ed Davis, No. 13 Selection, 1st Round

2011 NBA Draft – ?

it is interesting to think of what “might have been” for the Raptors, since that time, if Bryan Colangelo had the character and the basketball acumen required to build a championship calibre team, in Toronto, one brick at a time …

STARTERS
PG, Jose Calderon
OG, Marcus Thornton
SF, Rudy Gay
PF, Kris Humphries
C, Chris Bosh

KEY SUBS
PG, Roko Ukic
OG, Anthony Parker
SF, Derrick Brown
PF, Ed Davis
C, Roy Hibbert

RESERVES
SF, Jamario Moon
PF/C, Rasho Nesterovic

instead of going for a “roster re-vamp” or a ”home run” each off season.

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2 Responses to “Good to see Kris Humphries have a break-out season”

  1. Mike D Says:

    You’ll be able to write the same post 4 years from now…after we’ve blown another rebuild by trying to short-circuit the process. Only the names of the draft picks will change…

  2. khandor Says:

    Mike D,

    I sure hope that’s not the case.

    Making a mistake every now and then is perfectly acceptable for an elite level GM of a NBA team but failing to learn anything at all from mistakes that are made on a regular basis should eventually become grounds for dismissal, at least, for a professional sports organization that is legitimately trying to win a league championship.

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