Chris Kaman

Chris Kaman

Kaman in 2013
Free agent
Position Center
Personal information
Born (1982-04-28) April 28, 1982
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality American / German
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Tri-unity Christian School
(Wyoming, Michigan)
College Central Michigan (2000–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
20032011 Los Angeles Clippers
2011–2012 New Orleans Hornets
2012–2013 Dallas Mavericks
2013–2014 Los Angeles Lakers
20142016 Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Christopher "Chris" Zane Kaman (born April 28, 1982) is an American-German professional basketball player who last played for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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 Los Angeles Clippers, after a college basketball career at Central Michigan University.

High school and college career

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.

Professional career

Los Angeles Clippers (2003–2011)

Kaman during his tenure with the Clippers.

2003–04: 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.

2004–06: 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. The Clippers beat the Nuggets, but 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] The Clippers went on to lose to the Suns in the next round.

2006–07: 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.

2007–08: 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.

2009–10: All-Star season

Kaman with the Clippers

Kaman was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve. Kaman finished the season with almost a double-double, averaging a career high 18.5 PPG, and 9.3 RPG. Still, the Los Angeles Clippers finished with one of the worst records in the western conference, with a record of 29-53.

New Orleans Hornets (2011–2012)

On December 14, 2011, the Clippers traded Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon and a 2012 first-round pick (previously acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves) to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul and two future second-round picks.[3] In his first ever game as a Hornet, Kaman recorded 10 points and 5 rebounds. Five days later he recorded a season-high 15 rebounds,[4] then scored a season-high 20 points in the following weeks.[5]

On January 28, 2012, the Hornets announced that they were looking to trade Kaman, who was their oldest player at the time, to a contending team as they looked to give more minutes to their younger players.[6] They deactivated him as they searched for a trade partner, but decided to bring him back to the team after a week of being unable to find a suitable deal.[7] In his first game back, he played 22 minutes off the bench, and had 10 points and 12 rebounds against the Kings,[8] and followed that performance up with a 17 points, nine rebounds outing against the Bulls in 30 minutes of action.[9]

Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)

Kaman while with the Mavericks.

In July 2012, Kaman signed with the Dallas Mavericks, joining his former Olympic teammate Dirk Nowitzki. Kaman and the Mavericks agreed on a one-year deal worth 8 million dollars.[10] He would average 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 20.7 minutes per game in 66 games,[11] starting 52 of them. The Mavericks finished 41-41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

Los Angeles Lakers (2013–2014)

On July 12, 2013, Kaman signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.[12] He managed just 39 games for the Lakers because of a crowded frontcourt and a few maladies that started (food poisoning) and ended (calf strain) his season. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.[13]

Portland Trail Blazers (2014–2016)

On July 10, 2014, Kaman signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.[14]

National team career

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.[15]

Kaman rejoined the German national team for EuroBasket 2011.[16]

Personal life

Kaman is a dual citizen; he is a citizen of the United States and of Germany. Although he did not speak any German at the time, he acquired German citizenship in July 2008 (due to his great-grandparents being German), to play on the Germany national basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[17] Kaman is a Christian.[18]

On December 27, 2014, Kaman's wife, Emilie VilleMonte, gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Barrett Christopher Kaman.[19]

Kaman started the YouTube channel "Exploring Kaman" where he and his friends go on fishing and hunting adventures.[20]

Spokesman for diagnosis of ADHD

In January 2008, Kaman revealed that he was misdiagnosed with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder[21] at age 2½. Kaman spent much of his childhood on a farm[22][23] 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, and he took Ritalin to treat the condition.[24]

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 .5 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 .5 1.5 12.0
2009–10 L.A. Clippers 76 76 34.3 .490 .000 .749 9.3 1.6 .5 1.2 18.5
2010–11 L.A. Clippers 32 15 26.2 .471 .000 .754 7.0 1.4 .5 1.5 12.4
2011–12 New Orleans 47 33 29.2 .446 .000 .785 7.7 2.1 .5 1.6 13.1
2012–13 Dallas 66 52 20.7 .507 .000 .788 5.6 .8 .4 .8 10.5
2013–14 L.A. Lakers 39 13 18.9 .509 .000 .765 5.9 1.5 .3 1.0 10.4
2014–15 Portland 74 13 18.9 .515 .000 .706 6.5 .9 .2 .7 8.6
2015–16 Portland 16 2 7.0 .465 .250 1.000 1.5 .7 .1 .1 2.8
Career 735 538 26.7 .489 .042 .743 7.6 1.3 .4 1.3 11.2
All-Star 1 0 10.7 .500 .000 .000 3.0 1.0 .0 .0 4.0


2006 L.A. Clippers 11 10 29.5 .593 .000 .762 8.0 .9 .5 .8 10.7
2015 Portland 3 0 12.3 .500 .000 1.000 4.7 1.0 .0 .0 3.0
2016 Portland 4 0 8.0 .389 .000 .000 2.0 .3 .5 .0 3.5
Career 18 10 21.8 .554 .000 .773 6.1 .8 .4 .5 7.8


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  12. Lakers Sign Chris Kaman
  13. Lakers player reviews: Chris Kaman
  14. Trail Blazers Sign Center Chris Kaman
  15. "Kaman, Germans thump Cape Verde to reach quarter-final". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  16. "Nowitzki und Kaman sagen EM-Teilnahme zu" [Nowitzki and Kaman will play the EuroBasket 2011] (in German). German Basketball Association. 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  17. Clippers' Kaman becomes German citizen for Olympics. Los Angeles Times. 2008-07-03.
  18. "Seven Minutes With Chris Kaman".
  19. Trail Blazers' Chris Kaman on birth of son: 'Everything in my life changes now'
  20. Exploring Kaman –YouTube
  21. "Sea is choppy, but ship isn't sinking, Brand says – Los Angeles Times". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009.
  22. Washington, The (2006-04-24). "Washington Times – When Harry met the playoffs". Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  23. "NBA-Topcenter Kaman: "Habe schon darüber nachgedacht, für Deutschland zu spielen" – Sport – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Nachrichten". 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  24. Of right mind, Clippers center Chris Kaman is prospering
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