Kaman’s All-Star Numbers Not Enough?

by December 30, 2009
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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.”‘