Kris Humphries, traded last week by the Wizards to the Phoenix Suns for Markieff Morris, finds himself back in the starting lineup now that his right knee is healthy.
Humphries had 18 points and 12 rebounds off the bench in a game Saturday in just 27 minutes which led to him starting over Jon Leuer on Sunday. He wasn't as effective with seven points and just three rebounds in 24 minutes.
When he was acquired in a deal from the Boston Celtics two summers ago, the Wizards viewed Humphries as a better option than Trevor Booker who they didn't want to pay the full mid-level exception ($5 million). Booker left for the Utah Jazz instead.
Humphries began the 2015-16 season for the Wizards in a new role, re-inventing his game to be a "stretch" option at power forward but it never really worked.
He was out of character having to guard smaller and quicker stretch fours, was no longer the rebounding force because he was hanging out around the three-point arc and completely out of sync.
Humphries recently returned from a sore knee just in time to make him available by Thursday afternoon's trade deadline.
He hasn't stopped shooting thees. In two games with Phoenix, Humphries is 3 of 8 from deep.
It's a bit ironic where the Wizards needed the most help is in the hustle area, the 50/50 balls and dirty work. Booker, who comes off the bench in Utah, did exactly those things though he was considered too undersized to play the four spot.
Booker, considered a "tweener," is more athletic, quicker and has tried to venture out to improve his long-range shot, too. He was 34.5% from there last season with Utah but just 25% this season.
Booker wasn't terribly missed a year ago when Humphries had an impact off the bench, though he fell out of the rotation come playoffs when they went to small-ball lineups.
But in hindsight, considering how the Wizards changed their style to pace and space, Booker probably would've been preferred if he could've worked on his three-point shot like Humphries had for more than a year.
At the time of his acquisition, Humphries was the better player. But ultimately, Booker probably was the better fit.