NEW YORK — Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman has been named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace injured West All-Star guard Brandon Roy (right hamstring strain) of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas. Kaman will be making his first All-Star appearance.
Clipperblog originally concluded that Kaman being left off the original All-Star roster wasn’t much of a snub, but if Kaman was indeed slighted, it was rectified today by David Stern. With this selection Kaman becomes the first Clipper to play in the All-Star game since Elton Brand was selected back in 2006. Throughout the season Kaman has impressively battled through consistent double teams and a nagging lower back injury to post a career high mark of 20.2 points per game. His value to the Clippers goes much further than individual statistics, however. In games where Kaman was unable to play the Clippers went 0-6 and often looked completely lost on the offensive end. While he may not be the most talented or post the best numbers, Kaman is probably more vital to his team’s success than any other big man out West, and that in itself makes him worthy of his first All-Star selection.
With Kaman in the big game and Eric Gordon in the Rookie-Sophmore Challenge and Dunk-Off, the Clippers will be well represented in Dallas All-Star Weekend.