Is there a Kardashian effect for athletes?

In the wake of the most talked-about divorce of the year, Kris Humphries could actually be seen as the beneficiary of his time with Kim Kardashian.

Humphries, much like the other athletes who have dated the curvy reality star, saw his career take off with the Nets while he carried on his relationship with Kardashian.

The free-agent forward had the best statistical season of his NBA career during the time he dated Kardashian, posting career highs in points per game (10), rebounds per game (10.4), assists per game (1.1), blocks per game (1.1), field goal percentage (.527) and minutes per game (27.9).

Prior to the 2010-11 season, Humphries’ career highs were 7.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.7 blocks, 48.3 percent shooting and 17.7 minutes.

Humphries’ career renaissance follows those of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin and Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, who both also achieved milestones during the time that they dated the American beauty.

Bush, who dated Kardashian on-and-off from 2007 through 2010, won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints while with her.

Following her March 2010 breakup with Bush, Kardashian moved on to Austin, and the two dated from June through September. At the tail end of their relationship Austin signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension with the Cowboys.

In addition to the big payday, Austin caught 20 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown during the two regular season games that coincided with their relationship.

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