With the departure of Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to find a replacement and are hoping Chris Kaman can fill that void.
Obviously, Kaman doesn’t bring the same athleticism and defensive presence that Dwight does, but he is an effective post defender and a decent mid-range shooter. Also, he has an array of post-moves.
He will also make life easier for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol who are not looking to run up and down the court at a fast pace. With Kaman at center, D’Antoni will have to make similar adjustments to his system as he did last year to slow down the pace and let the offense run through the big men. Pau and Kaman should mesh well together just as Gasol and Dwight did in the second half of last season.
Kaman had a rough year last season and averaged 10.5 points per game and 5.6 rebounds. Though many fans are upset with Howard’s decision, it’s possible that Kaman is a better fit for the team. Dwight Howard was never comfortable in Los Angeles and it showed in his attitude and passion. His personality also didn’t sit well with Kobe, who was reportedly ‘raged’ by Dwight’s “clownish” behavior in the locker room, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
These problems should decease with Kaman taking the place of Howard and the Lakers’ chemistry should be much improved compared to last season.