Although the Los Angeles Lakers lost in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes this past summer, L.A. may have found their hidden gem. While Chris Kaman isn't the athlete nor defensive presence Howard is, the German big man is a much better fit for Mike D'Antoni's offense.
Pau Gasol and Kaman's chemistry in the preseason have exceeded the expectations thus far. Both versatile big men have displayed excellent teamwork in playing off of each other. In their first game together in Tuesdays win against the Denver Nuggets, the two 7-footers combined for 26 points and 15 rebounds in nearly 24 minutes of action.
Kaman's superior mid-range shooting will give Gasol room to operate in the post, unlike Howard who clogged the paint. The former Los Angeles Clipper doesn't need the ball to be effective, which will allow Gasol to be L.A.'s primary big man in the low post.
The Spaniard went on to admire Kaman's mid-range shooting and spacing:
"He's not just a big guy who will be in the middle of the lane operating in the post or the elbow."
Evidently, the two big men enjoy playing together and their high basketball IQ will certainly benefit each other's play on the court. The Lakers have a luxury in having a front court duo that can shoot, pass and post up as well as Gasol and Kaman.
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