Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 11:30 am  |  20 responses

Meet Chris Kaman: Scorer

Thanks to a retooled offensive repertoire, the Clippers’ big man is off to a scorching (if surprising) start: “After six seasons in which he averaged 10.4 points a game — including the last two when he was hampered with injuries — Kaman is averaging 22.6 points a game through the first five games of this season. Kaman said that, so far this season, he’s heeding the advice more often and getting more comfortable on outside shots, especially after building an indoor, full-court gym at his home in Grand Rapids, Mich., in the off-season. ‘In the summer I worked a lot on my jump shot, both left- and right-handed hooks, so I knew that was going to be a big part of my game,’ Kaman said. ‘I studied film from the last six years, and have seen what my mistakes have been.’ And what did he learn? ‘I just wasn’t consistent enough [with my shots] and I’d be scared to take them the next game,’ he said.”

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    plus you had some bad hair for 6 years.

  • tavoris

    he’s always been a clunky-but effective-scorer.

  • ball4life

    Lol Dacre. He’s still weak though

  • LeoneL

    Must be all that 50 cal firing tests.

  • http://slamonline.com snasty10

    FIre up Chips!

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    One of the millions of reasons why Dunleavy should get fired: he runs his best guys into the ground. Kaman has been the most consistent and best player for us so far and Dun is going to just keep on playing him until he gets hurt. Kaman = 40mpg

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’m not surprised. Kaman could score like this in college.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I’m lovin it…Kaman is solid when he’s not hurt. I wish Detroit woulda traded for him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I’m lovin it…Kaman is solid when he’s not hurt. I wish Detroit woulda traded for him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Didn’t he average 18 and 12 a few years ago?

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    I’ve seen Kaman play last week (League Pass is great), and I’m impressed. He was scoring from all over. And I must say Baron Davis really knew how to get the ball to him, it was nice to see that players recognize that when you have a good center, you should get the ball to him (last year it annoyed me that for some reason Dwight would get freezed out in some games. Guys like Turkoglu would take 20 shots, while Dwight only 8 or 10. That’s not right)

  • NUPE

    Shows what hard work and study can do. If you had him on your fantasy team – you got a nice surprise. If he keeps it up, he’ll be the most improved player this year.

  • reidar

    haha, lol@tavoris. Maybe he noticed hairdo as well going through those tapes

  • iLL wiLL

    You seen Caveman and his friends firing those big guns out in his backyard on youtube? Dude is awesome!

    Kaman can ball. Score with his left and right hand. No homo.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @the real chris – it was 16 and 13 in ’08.

  • KRIS

    @Dacre ….. lol lol.

  • http://fjklf.com Jukai

    All-Star game?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dave

    I just watched that .50 cal vid.
    I am, and will ever be, glad I don’t live in America.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I know I’m going to sound like I’m bullsh*ting, but I always knew this guy had skills and could up 20 a game.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    tealish – nah that sounds quite appropiate, I guess it has alot to do with the structure of the games, as in, coach has him on court for 35-40 mpg but if he’s not having set plays orchestrated and is just expected to “get after it” ala David Lee then your numbers will look real good in some games and then drop off in others.
    jukai – I was thinking that myself. Certainly, if Bynum drops off through further injury or even just statistically it could open a door. I’ve always personally felt though, that CLIPPERS players don’t get much of a look at ASW purely because their teams aren’t winning games.
    When you look at the WESTs bigmen for allstar weekend, generally they turn to the PFs playing out of position, certainly with Ming out that magnifies now:
    Dirk (its a stretch though…)
    Nene` (again, the injury bug strikes though)
    Kenyon Martin has looked rejuvinated but an ALLSTAR?