»Chris Kaman, C, Los Angeles Lakers (48.1 percent owned on ESPN.com)
19 points (7-13 FG, 5-7 FT), 0 three-pointers, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers vs Thunder.
Just one more point. That’s all that Chris Kaman needed in order to notch his third consecutive 20 points and 10 rebound game. Not that it really matters because the numbers are still superb. Since Mike D’Antoni replaced Robert Sacre with him in the starting lineup against the Utah Jazz, Kaman has been one of the top centers in fantasy basketball.
Kaman has averaged 22.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 blocks in the games versus the Jazz and the Thunder and if you include the game against the Bulls, the numbers look even more impressive.
Some skepticism is understandable, given that the production has come with Pau Gasol sidelined with a groin injury. Gasol is slated to return sometime toward the middle to end of next week, but the spectre of a trade hangs over the situation. With it appearing more and more likely that Gasol will find himself in a new uniform come next week’s trade deadline, Kaman has the ability to retain a ton of value long term.
Probably the most rumored destination for Gasol has been Phoenix, moving to the desert in exchange for Emeka Okafor‘s back injury. If that trade was to happen, Okafor is unlikely to play this yea, so minutes at the pivot would be wide open for Kaman to continue this run of form.
If that trade does indeed materialise, Kaman could be a top 50 fantasy player for the duration of the season, so adding him now makes a lot of sense.