April 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets center Chris Kaman (35) celebrates with shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) during the second half of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets defeated the Timberwolves 99-90. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The Spurs are in the running for Chris Kaman according to Ric Bucher of ESPN.com (H/T Paul Garcia of Project Spurs). Kaman appeared in 47 games with New Orleans last season, averaging 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 44.6% shooting from the field.
Kaman, an unrestricted free agent, has legitimate length, standing 7’0″. That kind of size is refreshing for a team that is devoid of conventional big man. He would slide behind Tim Duncan as the backup center position which would shift Tiago Splitter into an awkward position. The Spurs would have to sacrifice a considerable amount of floor spacing if they play Tiago in tandem with either Duncan or Kaman.
Kaman is much like Duncan in the respect that he can step out and score from 18-feet. He converted on 43% of his mid-range shots, which represented nearly half of his shot attempts. His overall efficiency, though, dropped significantly: he posted a 47.8 true shooting percentage, a poor mark for centers.
His defense leaves a lot to be desired though he did block 4.7% of New Orleans’ opponents attempts. He allowed opposing centers to accumulate a 20.0 PER off a 56.2 eFG%. Looking at MySynergySports, Kaman did defend spot-ups well at least, allowing 0.73 points per possession (25th). So there’s that.
I personally don’t like the fit as the power forward position needs more girth than the center position as Edg5 outlined for Pounding the Rock today. Adding Kaman will only make Pop’s rotations more difficult which would neutralize any defensive improvement. A defensive minded 4 remains paramount.