Chris Kaman seems to be putting it all together this season if the first two weeks are any indication. He built a basketball court and gym in his house, and it appears to be paying off. He is averaging almost a double-double with 23.9 points and 9.8 rebouds per game, as was named the Western Conference player of the week (take that, Kobe!). Kaman and Camby are names that have come up in possible trade rumors to teams – like the Chicago Bulls, for example – that need a big, especially when Blake Griffin Returns. Whether this play converts Kaman into a young asset / draft pick, or just adds another boost to an already solid team with playoff aspirations, this is definitely something to be excited about as a Clipper fan.
The National Basketball Association today named Clippers’ center Chris Kaman as the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 8th.
Kaman led the Clippers to a 3-0 week, averaging 24.3 points on .574 shooting from the field, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. Kaman, who is currently in the midst of a career-long six-game streak with 20 or more points, tallied a high for the week with 25 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 93-90 win over Minnesota on November 2nd.
Kaman followed up his performance against the Timberwolves with a 22 point, nine rebound and three block night in the Clippers’ 118-90 win at Golden State on November 6th. He closed the week out with by tallying 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 113-100 win over Memphis on November 7th.
In seven games played this season, Kaman has tallied 23.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 38.6 minutes per game.
Atlanta’s Joe Johnson received the award for the Eastern Conference.
In crunching the numbers yesterday, we highlighted Kaman’s uncanny numbers:
An Estimated Wins Added number of 1.5 – tops in the Western Conference centers and second only to Dwight Howard in the NBA among centers.
True Shooting Percentage: 62.3 percent. That’s especially impressive given Chris’ skyrocketing usage rate, which stands at 22.3. This number demonstrates just how integral Chris has been to the Clippers’
offense. It’s one thing to put up a high shooting percentage when you’re subsisting off putbacks and easy buckets, but Kaman is the Clippers’ first option and is working for every shot.
Early evidence that it isn’t just Chris’ offense that’s making him invaluable. Check out the defensive numbers. Though the standard error on early-season calculations are notoriously high, Kaman finds himself up at the top of the list with defensive stalwarts like Andrei Kirilenko, Ron Artest, Andre Iguodala, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant.
Turnovers, which have traditionally been an Achilles Heel for Chris, are down precipitously. Prior to his season, his turnover rate had never been lower than 15.0. This season? A very respectable 13.4.”
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