Kris Humphries (born February 6, 1985 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a three-team trade, which also included Shawn Marion and Nathan Jawai, on July 9, 2009.
As a child growing up in Minneapolis swimming was Kris Humphries' main sport. He was the top 10-year old in the nation in six events and secong only to future Olympic hero Michael Phelps, in the rest.
In high school he switched his allegiance to basketball and let his school to a 25-2 record in 2002 and the school's first State Championship in 49 years. He was a 2003 McDonald's All-American, was named to the Super 25 Basketball team by USA Today and was selected Mr. Basketball in the state of Minnesota.
Humphries accepted a scholarship to Duke but reconsidered and decided to stay closer to home and attend the University of Minnesota. He had an instant impact with the Gophers and was named Big 10 Freshman of the Year as well as becoming the first freshman in Big 10 history to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in the same season.
Despite starting the season with a 6-2 record, the Gophers finished a disappointing 12-18. Humphries, however, set several school records during the year. In his 29 games, he posted a 21.7 points per game average and a 10.1 rebounds per game average. Today, the 6'6 forward still ranks first in school history for free throws made in a season (187), second in points in a season (629), sixth in rebounds in a season (293) and 10th in scoring averaged in a season (21.7).
After declaring as an early entry candidate for the NBA draft, Humprhries was selected in the first round (fourteenth overall) of the 2004 draft by the Utah Jazz. He played two seasons in Utah before being traded prior to the 2006-2007 campaign, to the Toronto Raptors.
He helped the Raptors to two consecutive playoff appearances and posted a career best in points (5.7) and rebounds (3.7) during the 2007-2008 season. In 2009-2009, he was limited to just 29 games (3.9 ppg and 2.4 rpg) due to a fractured right fibula which cost him the final 38 games of the season.
In July of 2009, the Mavericks acquired Humphries, Shawn Marion, Nathan Jawai and cash considerations from the Raptors for Antoine Wright and Devean George in a deal that also sent Greg Buckner to Dallas from Memphis in exchange for Jerry Stackhouse and cash considerations...a second round pick and cash considerations from Toronto to Memphis... and Hedu Turkoglu from Orlando to Toronto for cash considerations from Dallas and Toronto.
After appearing in only 25 games for Dallas, averaging 5.3 ppg and 3.8 rebounds, Humphries and forward Shawne Williams were traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for forward Eduardo Najera on January 11, 2010.
Humphries played for the Nets for over two years before being inluced in a June 27, 2013, draft-night multi-player trade that sent he and other players to the Boston Celtics in return for a package that included former Mav Jason Terry.
From Boston he was on to Washington for a stay before being traded again on February 18, 2006 from the Wizards to the Phoenix Suns, his seventh franchise in twelve seasons.