A lot changed for Kris Humphries after he injured his left groin late in the season and it cost him 17 games. The Wizards, who were making a postseason push, had found something during his absence with Drew Gooden and he became an after-thought. The Wizards made a run into the second round of the playoffs, sweeping the Toronto Raptors with Humphries only getting garbage time once. He didn't play vs. the Atlanta Hawks in part because Humphries was considered a bad matchup there, too.
The stats: 8.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 47.3% shooting.
The improvements: The mid-range jumper continued to be a strength in his game as well as rebounding. While Nene had a mid-range game with better ability to play with his back to the basket at power forward, Humphries' offense came off face-up jump shots and putbacks. He often was left wide open at the elbows as teams we willing to live with him shooting.
The next step: Three-point shooting. It seems unlikely that Humphries will ever become a knockdown artist beyond the arc, but he has to at least keep a defense honest. It'll not just add another dimension to his game but extend his career given how the NBA has grown more perimeter-oriented with bigs.
2014-15 grade: B-.
2015-16 outlook: This is hard to figure. Humphries' rebounding should keep him from falling completely out of the rotation for long stretches, but a lot will depend on how this roster is remade. If the Wizards stock it with more shooters, Humphries can hold onto his niche. Or the Wizards could go in an entirely different direction which would keep Humphries mostly on the bench (if he can't extend his range) or used as a trade chip.