Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  32 responses

Kaman’s All-Star Numbers Not Enough?

Chris Kaman and his coach know that despite his stellar production, the team’s record will likely keep him out of the mid-season showcase: “There’s nothing I can do about it,’ Kaman said after practice Tuesday. ‘There’s a lot of good players. It’s a tough thing to be an All-Star. You’ve got to make the right moves, a team has to win. If I get there, I get there. If I don’t, I don’t. I don’t fault anybody. I don’t really care.’ Presumably the most important numbers would be Kaman’s averages of 20.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He is the highest-scoring center in the NBA. But the problem lies with other numbers: The Clippers are 13-17. Which is what Coach Mike Dunleavy brought up when asked whether Kaman had a shot at becoming an All-Star. ‘Not unless we move up,’ Dunleavy said. ‘If we get to contention, .500, if we get in there, people will look. Now his numbers, if they outdistance everybody, I think he could get in with a losing record. [But not] if it’s close with somebody else on a winning team.”‘

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  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3357407353_c868c2d95c.jpg larrylegend

    maybe not this year, but if he keeps up the good numbers, it’s only a matter of time, kaman will be an all star….kaman=all star…weird, i know, but the guy does the right things

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

    I’ve seen a couple of games by Kaman, and he’s playing really great. Offensively, there aren’t many centers who are more skilled than he is. Sometimes the Clippers aren’t that bad to watch, and it would be a huuuuge mistake is they would be open to trade Kaman.

  • Jake

    Wow,I watch the NBA every night and somehow I did not realize Chris was putting up 20 a night.Shame on me.

  • MikeC.

    I hope Kaman doesn’t fall into the Clipper Curse, but with the way things go for the Clips, Kaman will throw a 40pts, 25rbs, 5blks game at us, Griffin will come back the next game and Chris will get hurt in practice and miss the rest of the season.

  • james

    clippers are terrible

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

    I’ve watched the Clippers play a couple of times this season and i’ve seen them ignore Kaman down in the post at times when he has position and is clearly calling for the ball. He should actually be averaging more points than he has now. The Clips just seem to lack much of an identity on the offensive end.

  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3357407353_c868c2d95c.jpg larrylegend

    kaman + dirk playing together in the 2010 world chips 4 germany, going for 45/20/5blk per game…..i am daydreaming, i know…

  • derrick

    kaman was always a andris biedrins type player till this year. mofo also always had a good pf around him
    (randolph and brand) so he never got that shine till this year. when griffin comes back his numbers will come down. the clips would be real effective with a) a jason kidd pass first type pg and b) getting rid of al “blackhole” thornton.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    He should make. He’s been playing better than Bynum.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    Jake: i had no idea he was puttin up those numbers either, those are def all star numbers, esp if hes the top scoring center in the league

  • Michael Scorn

    maybe he would have got more votes if he didn’t all of a sudden decide that we was not an American anymore in 2008 =)

  • Orlando Woolridge

    It seemed to me that Kaman has always had a nice offensive game. Biedrins gets most of his points by being a great offensive rebounder. Nice player, but Kaman has a much more developed offensive game. To clippers fans, what’s the verdict on E Gordon? Do you think he’s got star potential, or is he Ben Gordon part 2? I know he can score, but I don’t see the clips enough to judge if he can play team ball.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    He would actually have even more rebounds if Camby was not playing along side.

  • RedRum

    Kaman is the highest scoring centre in the NBA? With 20ppg? surely Dwight has to pick up his game…

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    so much misconception on Kaman here. Actually comparing him to Andris Biedrins? In the game against Boston he caught the ball on top of the key on a screen and roll crossed over a rotating Perkins and finished with his left hand. Late in the same game when the Clips needed a bucket they gave it to him 16ft away from the basket on the wing, he faced up on Perk and splash. He can hit from 18, can finish with both hands, and now has added a fadeaway jumper on the right side of the key to keep defenders honest on his above average dropstep. He will be robbed by not being in the ASG this year

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    @ Orlando, Eric is a great player, but I am starting to doubt his aggressiveness. He is also a much better defender than Ben, and even is the one who guards Kobe which should say enough about his d. He doesn’t demand the ball in big situations, and there are often times when he could take over against guys who can’t guard him but for some reason stops after 1 or 2 buckets. The skills are there, he is the only one keeping him back. Kobe respects Eric so much that Kobe invited Eric to train with him this summer.

  • JD

    God, what is the problem with winning so u hav 2 B selected 2 All Star events, with the MVP its barely acceptable but with All Star most of the players, especially the backups, some of them won’t B able to carry their team 2 the best record, and the Clippers R doing betr than usual anyway

  • Shem

    He probably should be atleast a back up for the all star team but would the fans rather see : a) amare stoudemire throw down nasty dunks and alley oops OR
    b)chris kaman with his hookshot and 12 foot faceup jumpshot… you guys figure it out

  • http://www.behindtheback.webeden.co.uk Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Chris kamen was my write in pick at the beginning of the season but now im voting for tyreke evans or joakim noah. although chris really is playing well this season hopefully him and blake griffen can be a good centre power forward pair.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    This isn’t an MVP award. The best players should go, regardless of record. Kaman > Bynum. Send the man to Dallas.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Kaman > Bynum

  • BostonBaller

    Yes we know Kaman is a top center, I vote for him for 2 reasons. (1) He deserves it & (2) I would hate for someone like Bynum to make it. Kaman is not a “popular” player and he is white therefore he is not more well known, especially with the Asian population. This is a popularity contest: See McGrady and his votes. LOL!!!

  • Yesse

    Im going with Bynum.Amare should have been a PF.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Why can’t Kaman pick up those German votes that Dirk is getting? Is he even popular in Germany?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    BostonBaller what are you really trying to say?

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    Kaman is def better than Bynum. Plus, besides those two, who else is out there at center? I would say he does have a pretty good shot to make it!

  • BostonBaller

    He only makes it by way of coaches vote and I’m fine with that. T the Bear, I’m saying he doesn’t draw attn to himself, he seems to be on the straight and narrow and he is not marketed and plats on a non market team. lol. All of the above are an ASG appearance kiss of death. As far as comparisons: Kaman has good numbers on a bad team but still has to play against good players, Bynum has decent numbers on a good team w/ good players freeing him up for numbers. I just happen to prefer Kaman and it’s not b/c I’m a Celtic guy. I just Love this game.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Oh wow, I didn’t realize E Gordon was that good at defense. And Kaman should make it imo.

  • giogolo

    correction..not all asians are sterotype b-ball fans. We like Kaman’s game. just need to duplicate this every single year and stay healthy. he has the moves.

  • http://www.cracked.com litetitan

    Chris Kaman is the highest scoring centre in the NBA? David Stern probably has that written in large red letters on a white board somewhere. SITUATION CRITICAL.

  • L

    Western conference all stars : starters : Kobe, Nash, Melo, Dirk, Amare. Subs : CP, Dwill, Broy, Kev Durant, Timmy, Chris kaman, Monta ellis

  • L

    I forgot ZBo maybe ahead of monta ellis