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Atlanta Hawks sign veteran forward Kris Humphries

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The Atlanta Hawks have strengthened their roster as they continue to head towards the playoffs with the addition of experienced power forward Kris Humphries.

The 31-year-old was waived by the Phoenix Suns in a buyout agreement after only moving to sunny Arizona on February 18 as part of a trade that sent Markieff Morris to the Washington Wizards.

The 6'9" forward has been no stranger to trades throughout his NBA tenure. The Hawks mark the eighth home for Humphries in his 12-year career and every single move he's made thus far - bar this arrival in Atlanta - has come as a direct result of a front office decision.

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Humphries made three starts in his four appearances for the Suns, all of which resulted in losses. He did however, grab himself an average of eight boards a contest, which is impressive work on around 18.5 minutes an outing.

The Minnesota-born big-man was at his best with the Brooklyn Nets back in the 2011-12 season where he averaged a double-double in rebounds and points a night.

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Picked 14th in the 2004 draft, Humphries has proven to be solid on the boards and even started dropping his shots from deep whilst in Washington. With how the league is developing, expanding his repertoire into that of a stretch-forward makes him a much more valuable asset.

The Hawks have needed more reliable contributors from their bench and following Tiago Splitter's hip surgery, acquiring a productive big man is a prudent bit of business.

Standing in Humphries way of a starting berth in the south-east are two fan favourites in Atlanta: Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Whilst usurping the popular duo may be a stretch too far, the new arrival can certainly give the Hawks a boost of the bench.

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards - Game Three

The veteran was producing similar numbers to those currently exhibited by Thabo Sefolosha whilst he was a Wizard, and he did so in fewer minutes. Hawks number 25 Sefolosha has put up 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds during an average stint of 23.7 minutes a night.

Humphries, on the other hand, managed 6.4 buckets and 6.1 boards in just 16.6 minutes prior to his trade to Phoenix. That's also a noticeably better production than Mike Muscala, another big-man bench player in Atlanta.

The Hawks occupy fifth place in the Eastern Conference and are gunning to secure homecourt advantage come playoff time.

Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

Before being swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference Finals, the Hawks made full use of their homecourt advantage in the two rounds prior.

They defeated both the Nets and the Wizards 4-2 in their respective series and after exiting the playoffs at the first time of asking for three straight years without homecourt, last year was a testament to how vital that perk can be.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Southeast Division
Kris Humphries
Washington Wizards
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