Well I'm a big Kaman supporter. Although he hasn't lived up to what we thought he'd be this year, I think he is going to be a good NBA center. He has good post moves...though sometimes he uses too many on one possession. He needs to go quick and if it isn't there kick it back out. I think one of his problems is that he thinks if he kicks it back out, many of his teammates (Cassell, Mobley, Maggette) won't give it back to him when he reposts. Tim Thomas is the one exception to this. He seems to always be willing to throw the ball back inside once its come out. The other players need to take a lesson from him.
But Kaman does need to be more aggressive when he gets the ball inside. He tries to finesse way to many shots. Go in there and dunk that ball big man! As far as his 1 for 11 night, every player has nights like that. He shouldn't have been 1 for 11 because he should have dunked a couple of them, but he did get tapped on a lot of those. Balls that rolled around the rim or went in and out.
When I watch the games, I don't always like the way that Dumbleavy uses Kaman. I see him catching passes at the top of the key a lot and the team forgets about him for long stretches. I think that when he gets the ball, he feels that he has to do something with it even if he's not in a good "spot" for him because it won't come back to him for awhile. That's the thing with big men...they need to be put in positions to succeed and I don't think he's being used the best. Another thing that I have a problem with is that Dunleavy has Kaman guarding agile big guys a lot. He's had Kaman defending guys like Dirk and Garnett for much of the game, when Brand is much more athletic and able to move around better than Kaman. I know it's to avoid foul trouble with Brand, but it doesn't help Kaman's game to have to guard guys like that.
I know with the way the team is playing this year that it is easy to single out a player, especially after a bad game. But I think that EVERY Clipper is down from last year, statwise. Brand, Cassell, Mobley, Maggette....we can go down the line and say that this team isn't living up to last year's standards.