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Chris Kaman
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Los Angeles Clippers  – No. 35
Born April 28, 1982 (1982-04-28) (age 27)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality American/German
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
League NBA
Salary $10,400,000
High school Wyoming (Mich.) Tri-unity Christian School
College Central Michigan University
Draft 6th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Clippers
Pro career 2003–present
Profile Info Page

Christopher Zane Kaman (born April 28, 1982, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American-German professional basketball player for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Kaman stands 7'0" (2.13 m) and weighs 265 pounds (120 kg). He was selected sixth overall in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Clippers, after a college basketball career at Central Michigan University.


Early life

Kaman attended Tri-unity Christian School in Wyoming, Michigan, leading his high school varsity to the state Class D quarterfinals in 2000, before losing to Lenawee Christian School. He went on to play for three seasons at Central Michigan University, leading them to a Mid-American Conference Championship and a NCAA tournament first-round win in 2003. He then garnered Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors before declaring for the 2003 NBA Draft, where the Clippers selected him sixth overall.

NBA career

2003–2004: Rookie year

In his rookie year, Kaman averaged 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.89 blocks and 22.5 minutes in 82 games played (61 starts). He was the only Clipper to play all 82 games. Kaman became only the second rookie in franchise history (Michael Brooks, 1980–81) to play in all 82 games in his rookie season. Although his rookie year was all but spectacular, earning only five point-rebound double-doubles, he was ranked second among all rookies in blocked shots per game (.89 bpg), third in field goal percentage (.460) and fourth in rebounds per game (5.6 rpg), Kaman managed to hold a roster spot on the NBA Rookie All-Star Team. He tallied eight points (4–7 FG) and seven rebounds in 19 minutes played for the losing Rookie Team in the 2004 Got Milk? Rookie Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend 2004 in Los Angeles.

2004–2006: Improvement

A year after his rookie season, Chris Kaman improved his play by averaging 9.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 25.9 minutes in 63 games (50 starts). He had missed 12 games due to injury, including the first 11 games of the season due to a left ankle sprain. Kaman continued to create milestones in his career as he scored in double-figures in 30 games and recorded four games with 20 or more points. Kaman recorded 14 point-rebound double-doubles and led the team in rebounds in 16 games and in blocks 19 times. Despite the Clippers missing the playoffs again for the eighth year in a row, Kaman continued to show progress in his play.

By the end of the '05-'06 season, Kaman averaged 11.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.38 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game, appearing in 78 games (78 starts). He missed two games with a sprained left ankle (2/27 and March 1) and one game with a sore left knee (4/16) He finished the regular season ranked 9th in the NBA in rebounds per game (9.6), 12th in FG% (.523) and 24th in blocks per game (1.38). Kaman recorded 49 games of scoring in double figures with 10 of those games scoring 20 points or more. Kaman also recorded 36 games with 10 or more rebounds. Kaman finished the season with 29 games having points-rebounds double-doubles.

The Clippers achieved their first winning record in 14 seasons and clinched their first playoff spot since 1997. By the end of the season, the Clippers finished sixth in the Western Conference, with a record of 47–35 (their best finish since the team left Buffalo), set to face the Denver Nuggets in the first round. During the series against Denver, opposing player Reggie Evans reached in and yanked Kaman's testicles after boxing out for a rebound.[1] Evans was later fined $10,000 for his actions.[2]

As of 2009, Kaman is the only remaining player on the Clippers from their 2005-06 roster.

2006–2007: Decline

Since his rookie season, Kaman had raised his points and rebounds averages ever since he came into the league. Thus 2006–2007, especially after a strong playoff run, was supposed to be a season of high expectations. However, Kaman only managed to average 10.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 29 minutes per game, appearing in 75 games. One possible explanation was that Kaman had been slowed down by a hamstring injury in training camp, limiting his mobility. This had resulted in a difficulty to get into a game rhythm and contribute offensively. The Clippers finished the season 40–42, missing the playoffs to the Golden State Warriors by one game. With a newly signed contract, Kaman had not lived up to the expectations of the Clippers.

2007–2008: Breakout season

After losing Shaun Livingston and Elton Brand for the majority of the 2007–08 season due to a dislocated knee and ruptured achilles tendon, respectively, the Clippers had very little expectations to be as competitive as they were two years prior. However, Kaman emerged as one of the most dominant centers in the NBA, averaging 15.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. Although he did not play in enough games to qualify for the league's statistical leaders, his rebound and block averages would have both ranked third in the league. Kaman demonstrated his ability to perform without Brand alongside him.

Spokesman for misdiagnoses of ADHD

In January 2008, Kaman revealed that he was misdiagnosed with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.[3] Kaman spent much of his childhood on a farm[4][5] and as a child he used to tear shingles off neighbors' rooftops and misbehave in school. His apparent ADHD affected his play in high school. He took Ritalin to treat the supposed condition, but the drug killed his appetite. Kaman became very skinny as a result. Kaman, diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder at 2½, found out the classification was wrong this summer. Instead, his brain was in overdrive, working too fast. Tim Royer, the psychologist who discovered the misdiagnosis in July, worked on a daily training program with Kaman to slow down his thought process throughout the summer. The treatment is actually an accepted cognitive behavioral treatment for ADHD.

Summer 2008

Kaman played for the first time for the German national basketball team in the qualifying tournament leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In his debut with Germany, he posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Cape Verde. He was chosen the most valuable player by journalists.[6]

Personal life

Chris Kaman's parents are Leroy and Pam Kaman. Kaman is ambidextrous and is known for his strong Christian beliefs and for his wild blond hair (although during the 2006–2007 season he adopted a much shorter hairstyle).

Kaman is a dual citizen; he is a citizen of the United States and of Germany. Although he doesn't speak any German, he acquired German citizenship in July of 2008 (due to his great-grandparents being German), to play on the Germany national basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "I'm proud to be a German, and I always felt kind of like a foreigner in the NBA," he joked with the Los Angeles Times prior to the Olympics.[7]

Kaman's agent is Rob Pelinka.[8]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2003–04 L.A. Clippers 82 61 22.5 .460 .000 .697 5.6 1.0 .3 .9 6.1
2004–05 L.A. Clippers 63 50 25.9 .497 .000 .661 6.7 1.2 .4 1.1 9.1
2005–06 L.A. Clippers 78 78 32.8 .523 .000 .770 9.6 1.0 .6 1.4 11.9
2006–07 L.A. Clippers 75 66 29.0 .451 .000 .741 7.8 1.1 .6 1.5 10.1
2007–08 L.A. Clippers 56 55 37.2 .483 .000 .762 12.7 1.9 .6 2.8 15.7
2008–09 L.A. Clippers 31 24 29.7 .528 .000 .680 8.0 1.5 .6 1.5 12.0
Career 385 334 29.1 .488 .000 .734 8.3 1.2 .5 1.4 10.4


2005–06 L.A. Clippers 11 10 29.5 .593 .000 .762 8.0 .9 .4 .8 10.7
Career 11 10 29.5 .593 .000 .762 8.0 .9 .4 .8 10.7


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