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Better Know Your New Blazers: Chris Kaman

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The Skinny:

Chris Kaman

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Full Name: Christopher Zane Kaman

Date/Place of Birth: 4/28/1982-Grand Rapids, MI
Height/Weight-7’ 0”, 265 lbs

Primary Position: C

Projected Role: Backup C

College: Central Michigan

NBA Draft: Drafted with the 6th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the LA Clippers

How He Became a Blazer: Free Agent Signing

Honors: NBA All-Star (2010)

Career Averages-11.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 2.2 TOPG, 1.4 BPG.  13-14 PER: 17.06

Chris’s Strengths:

Kaman is, in a word, solid.  He’s nothing special, just a slightly above average backup center.  He has a decent offensive repertoire with a few good post moves, a decent fadeaway jump shot, the ability to finish with both hands at or near the rim and, a decent mid-range jump shot.  He’s also a decent free throw shooter for a big man, shooting a solid 74.5% from the line for his career.  Kaman also runs the court well for someone his size and is capable of finishing on the fast break.  Kaman is also a solid rebounder, consistently averaging around 10.7 rebounds per 40 minutes, which is a respectable number for a center.  Kaman is also a decent defender and can be counted on to block a few shots per game.  Bottom line, Kaman won’t do anything spectacular but he’s a good and reliable backup on a team that needs one.

Chris’s Weaknesses:

The most obvious weakness Kaman has is that he is injury prone, playing only 66 games two years ago in Dallas and only 39 last year for the Lakers.  While some of this, especially last year in LA, may be due to the team being so awful there was no need to rush him back, it is still a concern.  Kaman is also not the smartest player, turning the ball over too often for a player in his position as he has a tendency to either make unwise passes or hold the ball too long.  Kaman is also prone to foul trouble, averaging 3.6 fouls per 36 minutes played.  His defense, although solid, is not the best and he’s not exactly going to be a defensive stopper.  Finally, Kaman lacks playoff experience, only appearing in the playoffs once and that was back in the 2005-06 season.  Still, provided he remains healthy, Kaman should be a solid contributor all season.

Blazer Connections:

Kaman was drafted the same year Olshey joined the Clippers organization in 2003.

Did You Know?:
Kaman is a dual-German/US Citizen, acquiring his citizenship in 2008 through his German great-grandparents in order to play for the German national team in the 2008 Olympics.  At the time he became a German citizen, Kaman could not speak German.

Kaman is the 8th player to make the NBA out of Central Michigan University and only the second to be drafted in the first round.  The first, Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle.

Back in 2010 Kaman spent $10,000 on fireworks to create a show for his home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).