Here's how we found out Kris Humphries is serious about becoming a 3-point threat.
First, a look back. Humphries, who possesses a strong mid-range game, admitted following the season that he never worked on the deep shot, but that was about to change. The modern NBA demanded it.
As a reminder, Humphries received virtually no playing time during the playoffs in part because he's not accomplished from beyond the arc. For his career, just 2 of 26 on 3-pointers. The 11-year veteran last made a three during his rookie season. On the other hand, Drew Gooden is helpful from distance and so he played plenty. The postseason rotation shrunk per usual and Humphries only watched.
When news broke last month that new Wizard Jared Dudley needed back surgery, plenty of questions surfaced including who would help step into the stretch-4 should Dudley miss any time.
Half serious, half joking, I tweeted out the following:
We need video of Kris Humphries shooting and making 3's.
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) July 21, 2015
Not long after my tweet, I received a response on Twitter from someone saying the 6-foot-10 forward was indeed working on his 3-point shot and video proof would be provided.
Turns out, the tweet came from an account associated with Humphries' agent, Josh Ketroser. More communication took place. Soon enough, a super short video of the big man taking a super long shot hit my Inbox. Another longer video followed (see above).
Playing the stretch-4 role isn't just about spacing the floor, but defending the likes of Paul Millsap and Carmelo Anthony on the perimeter. Foot speed isn't strength of Humphries or Gooden, which is why they historically work from 15 feet and in. Dudley is the best two-way threat on the roster. From the look of it, Humphries is at least trying to show he can make defenses think twice about leaving him alone on the offensive end.
We might hear more about Humphries' range this week if he's part of the mini-camp in Los Angeles John Wall organized. (Humphries is supposedly in LA after spending part of the summer in his native Minnesota).
"Drew can make those shots. I think Kris Humphries has been working on them. Nene’s been working on 3’s," Wall said to CSNwashington.com at his charitable event Saturday. "That’s what they say, I haven’t seen them. We’re going to have a mini-camp ...All the guys are going to come out. We’ll see if they’ve been working on them or not."
As the above video shows, Humphries has to some degree. Video of a player taking jumpers isn't exactly like learning about the Watergate break-in, but this line of communication was a bit different. Asking for a basic synopsis of why he sent the videos, Ketroser suggested via email, "Kris' agent sent me over a little taste of what's to come this year."
We'll see what Randy Wittman thinks about that. Still, as the internet will tell you, anything beats just focusing on the mid-range shot.