NBA / Jan 20, 2010 / 2:00 pm

All-Star Watch: Chris Kaman Is Severely Underrated

Is there a particular reason why Chris Kaman gets no love? You can argue that the Los Angeles Clippers big man is the most dominant center in the West right now, yet he rarely gets press and he damn sure gets no fan love. As of the latest All-Star voting results, Kaman was not even in the top 10 of centers in the West despite averaging 20.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.4 bpg for the season.

There could be several factors why Kaman’s game has been ignored for so long. For seven seasons, Kaman has been playing for L.A.’s JV squad that has only appeared in one playoff series (2005-06) during his tenure. He’s also not exactly the league’s most marketable player. But with his stats and the Clippers actually doing decent (considering they’ve been without Blake Griffin) this season, Kaman deserved to get some serious All-Star consideration. We weighed in on Kaman’s chances.

Why He’s In: Kaman is one of the most skilled big men in the league. He’s got an impressive post game – including the ability to hit ambidextrous hook shots. He’s aggressive down low and can finish. His 15-17 footers are dropping more and he can get it done on the defensive end. Kaman’s stats are on-par or better than any center out West including Andrew Bynum, Amar’e Stoudemire and Al Jefferson. With Blake Griffin out, Kaman really stepped up his game this season – he averaged 12 ppg and 7.9 rpg in an injury filled 2008-09. He also has been vital for the Clippers’ success. In his recent four game absence, L.A. lost every one of those contests. The Clippers are currently 18-22 in a tough Western Conference. If the Clippers can get closer to .500 in the next couple of weeks, then he’ll force the coaches to reward him.

Why He’s Not: With Amar’e a lock for the starting center slot, that means Kaman has to compete with Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Bynum, Nene and several other big men for a couple of open spots. Since the West is guard heavy and T-Mac might be voted in, the coaches might opt to select more guards and forwards. Although the Clippers aren’t terrible, they aren’t currently in the playoff race so that could hurt Kaman’s chances. Plus, the league is full of politics and we’re not sure how much clout Kaman has.

Final Verdict: I believe Kaman will be an All-Star. Even though Duncan and Gasol will make it, I think the coaches will vote in Kaman over Bynum and Nene. You can’t deny his numbers and what he brings to the table. Just because fans might not know about Chris’ game doesn’t mean the coaches don’t. After all, they see up close what Kaman does to their teams.

Does Chris Kaman make the All-Star team?

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  • control

    Is it just me or did Chris comb his shoulder and back hair for that pic? That shit is fucking disgusting, don’t know why he didn’t put corn rows or somethin in em…

    The guy is an all star, deserves to be one anyways. Really underrated player, solid game all around.

  • http://www.beacon-ballers.de B

    hope so. thats TWO germans in one nba-all-star squad. incredible!unglaublich! :-D

  • johnsacrimoni

    I would take Kaman over Bynum and Nene anyday, and I agree the guy’s very underrated. However, he just misses the cut with me; my reserves are: Chris Paul, Brandon Roy, Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph, Deron Williams and Kevin Durant. This is assuming that either Nash overtakes McGrady in the voting or McGrady does the right thing and forfeits his spot.

  • buffaloballa

    yao ming has more votes and he cant even walk.

  • Jayo

    Kaman isn’t in the top-10 voting b/c he wasn’t listed on the NBA’s original All-Star ballot.

  • http://heckler@aol.com Heckler

    having a solid season, but Im not sure he is allstar worthy.

    i doubt he makes it in by the coaches vote. They HAVE TO (by rule) select at least ONE center among their seven reserves. and is he the one?…over Duncan, Al Jefferson, Andew Bynum?

    and make no mistake, that these reserves are most def going: steve nash, chris paul, brandon roy, kevin durant and tim duncan.

    so that only leaves two more available spots and Im not sure Chris Kaman will even come close to being considered.

  • Average Jose

    Kaman is not even German. He was born in the United States. He is a fricking traitor weirdo and I don’t care how good he is, I will never like the guy. He doesn’t even speak German and the other German players were wondering why he was even playing on their team. If he was good enough he should be playing for Team USA.

  • http://dimemag.com Dime Magazine

    This is Gerald


    I think Duncan is considered a forward on the ballot, but if he’s considered a center, definitely no way Kaman goes over him.

    Except for Z-Bo over Kaman, I agree with your reserves. But got to give it up, Randolph is having a far greater season than I thought. It’s gonna be a close call

  • AdvancedMind

    Kamen is a far better player then Andrew “highly overrated” Bynum.

  • K Dizzle

    Yeah, I gotta go with what Heckler and Jayo said.
    First off, when I was voting, you had to write him in if you wanted him in. With the dumbasses votin for Yao, TMac and AI, they definitely ain’t knowledgable enough to know about Kaman.
    2nd, he deserves to go, but like Heckler said, there’s only 2 spots left and one’s gonna be a guard most likely.
    Kaman’s problem is if you puttin up huge numbers and your team sucks, do you get in over the dude puttin up solid numbers on a good team?
    So like Al Jefferson last year, yes, he deserves to go, but no, he’s not going, which sucks cuz he is a top 3 center this season

  • http://www.WhyCandaceWhySheldon.thatbastard.com Chicagorilla

    trade Kaman to Chicago!!! We’d give them Joakim Noah and Tyrus thomas, and whoever else isn’t named Derrick Rose.
    Seriously, Kaman is a very good player. And he does claim to not have ADHD, but i’ve seen him “zone-out” a few times on offense that makes me think otherwise.

    The only center better than him in the west is Duncan.

    Amare~he’s a PF and as a C he is too small and can’t rebound

    Al Jeff~ better scorer than Kaman, but not as good on defense and is a little small at 6’10

    Nene~ good player, but ahhhh no. He’s not better than Memet Okur

    Andrew Bynum~ getting better, but cant score like Kaman

    really I don’t see anyone f^king with Kaman, or the Clips when Blake gets back. They are going to be a problem if everyone is healthy.

  • osmosis11

    i dont think he gets in
    if tmac gets voted than i think the reserves will be
    and if tmac decides not to play i think it would go to either randolph, deron williams, boozer or aaron brooks

    Sure Kaman is playing like an all star but the west is just way too loaded for him to get in

  • the cynic

    Kamen has been the best center in the western conference this season. Its most likely between him and Bynum for the All-Star spot; though I wouldn’t be surprised if neither player made it considering the western conference is so loaded

  • Jayo

    @ Average Jose

    His grandparents live in Germany & Kaman has dual citizenship there. That’s why he played for Germany. He wasn’t gonna make Team USA so who cares if he plays for another country. He wanted to play competitive summer ball & the Olympics was the most competitive summer league at the time.

  • Ian

    only duncan is a better big man out west. kaman is an allstar

  • http://www.haywoodplanning.com D.H.

    I would rather see Zach in over Kaman. Z-Bo has had some really good games and the Grizz are better than the Clips.

  • two times

    @ osmosis

    Brooks? Really? Over Tony Parker? Over Big Shot Billups? Over JKidd? Really?

  • dagwaller

    I like him, always have, but the main reason that I didn’t vote for him is because of Camby. Haven’t caught too many Clips games this year (they’re the Clippers, c’mon), but with two such solid inside players…I don’t know.

    Here’s to hoping that he makes it.

  • Jay Oh

    Assuming the starters stay as is. Reserves should be:

    G – Nash
    G – Paul
    F – Durant
    F – Duncan
    C – Kaman
    Reserve – Roy
    Reserve – D. Williams

    I think gasol misses out due to only playing 24 of the lakers’ 39 games. If mcgrady chooses not to play, this makes it a lot easier for Kaman to get in. He easily deserves it over bynum + nene. Randolph’s right up there, but i’d still give the nod to Kaman.

  • Jay Oh

    Assuming the starters stay as is, reserves should be:

    G – Nash
    G – Paul
    F – Durant
    F – Duncan
    C – Kaman
    Reserve – Roy
    Reserve – D. Williams

    I think gasol misses out due to only playing 24 of the lakers’ 39 games. If mcgrady chooses not to play, this makes it a lot easier for Kaman to get in. He easily deserves it over bynum + nene. Randolph’s right up there, but i’d still give the nod to Kaman.

  • Keith

    It’s tough. There is so much competition. This isn’t one of those years where someone will get a nod and we’ll look back and think it was stupid – everyone going in from the West this year is or is gonna be a multiple-time all-star

    Z-Bo vs Kaman? I think Z-Bo might take it just because Memphis is playing significantly better than anybody thought they would, whereas the Clips are kinda where we thought they would be.

  • BiG ShoT BoB

    Why he’s not being considered? The same reason this is the first article I’ve seen on him on any site in a long time. You woud think the “Best Center in the West” would have more publicity than that with the media. Dime your better than that! LOL

  • johnsacrimoni

    You listed Chris Paul twice. Also please don’t ever mention Aaron Brooks in the same breath as Deron Williams again.
    @ Gerald
    It’s a very close call between Kaman and Randolph. Personally I like Kaman a lot more but I just have the feeling the coaches will vote Randolph in due to the Grizzlies being surprisingly good and Randolph playing his best ball ever.

  • sh!tfaced

    “The best white American player in the NBA right now” title might get Chris Kaman some votes. Which also makes one wonder why he is underrated…

  • osmosis11

    I dont think brooks is as good as deron williams, billups or parker. But the rockets have the 7th best record in the west, and he’s averaging 18.6 and 5.1 apg which is comparable to
    tony parker’s 16.8pts and 5.6apg
    and billups 18.3 and 5.7
    But I do really hope Deron williams makes it

  • http://250aspirin.blogspot.com DJ Leon Smith

    Forget best center in the west, this season he should be under consideration for best center in the league.

    Chris Kaman 20.4 PT .509 of 16.9 FG .756 of 4.3 FT .000 of 0.1 3P 9.3/2.6 RB 1.89 AS 1.39 BL 0.64 ST 2.97 TO 2.92 PF 36.6 MN 36/36 GS

    Dwight Howard 16.9 PT .604 of 9.2 FG .588 of 9.9 FT .000 of 0.1 3P 13.0/3.7 RB 1.59 AS 2.46 BL 1.05 ST 3.37 TO 3.61 PF 34.3 MN 41/41 GS

  • JD

    Because he’s white and look like a Cave Troll :)

  • http://www.petsocietyhelp.com Pet Society Help

    He’s always going to put up numbers, nobody wants to get close to that shoulder hair. Box him out or defend him on the post and you might end up getting shoulder pubes in your mouth.

  • Average Jose


    If a guy is born in the United States, he’s AMERICAN.

  • Average Jose

    Furthermore I don’t understand why more people are not pissed about stuff like this. It’s the Olympics. It should mean more than just trying to get some good burn over the summer. We shouldn’t allow our sports heros to turn their back on their country like this without getting publicly massacred. There are many players in the NBA whose grandparents are from another country. They recognize that they are American citizens first and foremost.

    Kaman is a disgrace.