The National Basketball Association today named Clippers’ center Chris Kaman as the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 4th through Sunday, January 10th. This is the second time Kaman has been named Western Conference Player of the Week this season, the first time for the week of November 2nd through November 8th.Kaman led the Clippers to a 3-0 week by averaging a double-double (21.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg). He posted consecutive double-doubles in wins over the Los Angeles Lakers (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Miami Heat (22 points, 14 rebounds). Kaman scored 20 or more points in each game to earn his second Western Conference Player of the Week award in 2009-10 (Nov. 9).
In 35 games played this season, Kaman has tallied 20.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 36.8 minutes per game. Kaman is one of just four players in the NBA (Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan, Zach Randolph) to average over 20 points and 9 rebounds this season.
Cleveland’s LeBron James received the award for the Eastern Conference.
A recap of Kaman’s week is as follows:
Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Clippers
Jan. 4 vs. Portland: Netted 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in a 105-95 win over the Trail Blazers.
Jan. 6 vs. Los Angeles: Tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds in addition to two assists and two steals in a 102-91 win over the Lakers.
Jan. 10 vs. Miami: Posted his second double-double of the week with 22 points and 14 rebounds in a 94-84 win over the Heat.
Perhaps the most impressive part about this award is that Kaman had a key part of his offensive arsenal basically missing during this stretch. Over the last three games Kaman shot just 28% (7 for 25) from the 10 to 23 foot range. Once Kaman’s patented mid-range jumper starts falling again, he’s going to become one of the toughest defensive assignments in the entire league.