Posted by Kevin Arnovitz on Mon, 09/22/08, 06:54am:
A few observers have been posing this question, but it’s a canard and here’s why.
Other than their shared tallness and ability to swat shots, Kaman and Camby share very few properties as players. Though Kaman can step out for a 15-footer, he operates almost exclusively on the low block. Camby hangs out around the elbow. In fact, Elton’s position in the post was measurably deeper in the paint than Camby’s. It might be a stretch to call Camby a power forward who happens to have a ‘C’ by his name on the game notes – but not much of a stretch. A few Denver fans have grumbled that Camby is flimsy as a screener, but his 15-footer is generally the result of a pick-and-pop. Kaman tends to operate in one-on-one situations without the aid of a screen. In fact, you could argue that any deficiencies Camby has in the S/R is mitigated by the presence of Kaman – who has become a solid screen guy both up top, out on the perimeter.
It’s obviously too early to tell because the Clippers are such an unknown quantity at this point, but the Clippers appear to have the makings of a quality spacing team: A classic low-post player with good mobility. A mid-post guy who can shoot over defenders [particularly since he’ll probably draw opposing PFs…a lot of whom are 6’ 8” SFs these days]. A big perimeter SF who can slash and drive in islation…and hit from beyond, a big, freaky PG who can do pretty much anything in the confines of a halfcourt offense, and a league-average shooting guard who still needs to be monitored on the perimeter [or Ricky Davis, who I suspect will log significant minutes]. The Clips have always had size offensively, but for the first time in a while, they have the ability to score in bunches. I still wonder if the absence of adept passers outside of Davis – and maybe Camby, who isn’t bad in that capacity – will hurt them against quicker teams, but we can reserve judgment until we get a good, long look at the offense.