Los Angeles Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni is making fantasy basketball owners dizzy with his constant lineup changes. Sometimes it seems as if D’Antoni throws darts at names on a wall when making his decisions.
Today’s dart has landed on center Chris Kaman, who will be a part of the Lakers’ starting five when they face the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Kaman has played very well when given sufficient minutes, making it all the more curious why D’Antoni has opted to deprive him of substantial court time. The 31-year-old followed up seven consecutive “DNP-CDs” with three very good performances over his last four games, with the latter two of those standing out the most. On Friday, Kaman scored 17 points, while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots, and on Sunday he dropped a season-high 27 points, to go along with 10 boards and another three blocked shots. He did all that in just 28 minutes.
With Kaman starting, Robert Sacre will move back to the bench — where quite frankly, he belongs. And in another move, Ryan Kelly will slide to a bench role in favor of the newly re-signed Shawne Williams.
While the Williams move is a little suspect, it might be designed to give the Lakers more energy off the bench. Kelly has been playing very good basketball lately, so it’s certainly not a demotion.
Kaman is owned in just 13.8 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues and should be added in leagues of 12 teams or greater. On a night where there are only seven games on the NBA schedule, there can even be a case made for Kaman as a streaming option in 10-team leagues. On the season, the Jazz are ranked 27th vs. opposing centers.