Are Kaman & Maggette the X-factor to a great season?

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clipper*joe
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Here is an interesting piece of article from S.I. that I ran into today from a few days ago. It was taken from the 5 biggest stories from the offseason that will effect the new season. Although I disagree that we should start planning for a lottery pick now, I agree with his assessment on what needs to be done for a salvageable season. I think Maggette has to be the first option under CONTROLLED circumstances. Kaman doesn't have to be a carbon copy of EB but he has to be a legitimate threat with the respect of opposing players. This needs to happen in order to keep the offense moving for an open shot. If Kaman can bring in 10 to 14 pts a game he will have become the threat we need to open the offense. Remember, our offense was basically an inside threat with very little outside movement. Most of our guys stood around waiting for the pass. It didn't like it then and I hope we change that now.

Without EB at the helm, I put all the responsibility in Dunleavy's hand's.

Dunleavy has to incorporate the new faces and change the offensive scheme to fit the players we have. It would be shame if he starts the season as if EB was going to start. Kaman has the potential but no one can expect Kaman to put the numbers that EB was putting up... at least not as consistent and early in the season. In any case, the article is a great read.

I have also included the link if you are interested in the other 4 stories.

  1. Brand makes plans for next year

It's not often that a team can pretty much write off its season before it starts, but with Elton Brand sidelined until at least February (assuming an optimistic timeline) after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in a workout in early August, the Clippers can start planning their draft lottery party now.

Brand isn't flashy and doesn't take over many games, but he provides the type of consistent production that at least makes the Clippers a threat to win each night, a foundation the Corey Maggettes and Sam Cassells and Cuttino Mobleys can then -- in theory -- help translate into a W. Without Brand around to match up with Tim Duncan or Carlos Boozer on the court, or to offer a steady presence in a locker room full of roiling emotions, the Clippers may be a mutiny waiting to happen. That is, unless coach Mike Dunleavy can spur Chris Kaman to be a force and swallows his ego enough to let Maggette loose on the offensive end. Given how poorly those initiatives played out last season, Dunleavy may want to get a life jacket ready -- fast.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/w ... index.html

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I also have hopes for Kaman. However, very frequently the Clippers design plays for him early in the first quarter. They'll need to rely on that more. If other teams watch tape, they'll be double teaming Kaman at the start of each half.

So he'll have to excel more in the "unscripted" aspects of the game: defense, offensive rebounding and putbacks. I think he can do it.

He's not the next Olajuwon, but he could easily be in the top five centers in the league. Probably never an all-star, but good enough for this team. (with the dearth of effective centers, he arguable already is one of the top five!)

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Thanks for the article CJ. I find it a bit over dramatic (not surprisingly). One thing interesting he brought up though is Brand's locker room presence. Without him in there there's going to be a different feel. Even though he wasn't exactly a vocal leader, he was becoming more of one. So his leadership will be missed there for sure. And if Sam gets hurt- who's going to be the leader then? It'd probably be up to Cat Mobley and Maggette. It'd be nice too if Kaman can step up and be more of a leader himself.

Also I agree with ether's assessment of CK- we just need him to play within himself and not turn the ball over as much, and he'll be fine.

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