A month or so back when I first introduced the Hump bandwagon, some of you were slow to accept the invitation. Some of you said that my forecast of The Hump putting up big numbers was wishful thinking. That his production wouldn't last. That The Hump was nothing more than a bench player. Well, I forgive each and every one of The Hump's doubters. In fact, I've returned to offer you all another invitation to join The Hump's bandwagon.
In 29 games, the durable Mr. Hump is averaging a team-leading 9.3 boards and shooting at a 53% clip from the floor. Most importantly, he's making good decisions, averaging only 1 TO per game. All this in only 25 minutes of play a game.
Speaking of his rebounding ferocity, The Hump is presently (Dec. 22nd) ranked 16th in the league in rebounding, despite playing less minutes and not having started every game. In fact, The Hump's rebounding rate conversion per/48 minutes is 17.7. To put this in context, Dwight Howard's per 48 rebounding rate is also 17.7!! Only two other players in the league have a higher per/48 rate - Kevin Love at 20.9 and Marcus Camby at 18.4.
Consider this. Of the top 30 rebounders in the league, The Hump is 16th despite getting the least amount of playing time. Most everyone else is playing 30-36 minutes a game. The Hump does his thing in 25 minutes. Within a couple of weeks, expect to see The Hump move up to the top ten rebounding list. He's only 0.5 away from Tim Duncan.
For those who think that The Hump is not a starting caliber PF; think again. History tells us that basketball dynasties always had a guy who did the dirty work around the glass (i.e. Rodman, Big Ben, Malone). And as long as our franchise center is some with considerable offensive talents, but limited desire to board, The Hump is the perfect fit for this team.
The Nets' historical weakness in rebounding is now the strength of the team this year, and you've got The Hump to thank for that.
Now I may not come around again to load up the bandwagon. The Hump has his publicist, his Kardashian sister and his parties to attend. But since I'm feeling charitable this holiday season, I'm giving you non-believers one more chance to hop on The Hump bandwagon. There may not be room later on.
Oh snap, what's that I see on the horizon? The Sasha Express?