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Humphries has proven he can help Mavs

DALLAS -- There might not be many minutes for Kris Humphries if the Dallas Mavericks’ big men all finally get healthy at the same time.

But Humphries is making it hard to take him out of the rotation.

The 6-9, 235-pound Humphries, widely considered a throw-in with Shawn Marion in this summer’s four-team deal, has established himself as a solid reserve role player in his first dozen appearances with the Mavs. The six-year veteran, who is still only 24 years old, is averaging career highs in points (6.6), rebounds (4.6) and minutes (15.2).

“I’ve got to prove myself,” Humphries said after his 15-point, five-rebound outing in Friday night’s win over the Sacramento Kings. “I don’t think anyone expected me to come into this team and contribute. For me, from day one, I’ve had to prove that I can contribute to a winning team.”

He has definitely done that during the Mavs’ current five-game winning streak, which came on the heels of Humphries’ only DNP-coach’s decision this season. Humphries has averaged 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds during the streak, with the Mavs outscoring the opponent during Humphries’ minutes in all but one of those games.