As I was reading Monsieur Perrin's excellent summer recap, I was impressed by the way that "Kaman 2.0" seems to fit seamlessly into established nomenclature. It's an obvious fact around here, of course, but we were all paying attention through the Clippers 07-08 death march. It does seem, however, that enough people out in the general NBA fan world were faintly aware that Kaman made an impact last season, playing at a new level and approaching his potential. And Kaman also bumped his recognition scores a bit with his trip to the Olympics, even if nobody saw him play.
Because we're Clipper fans, we're of course worried that we may see the return of Kaman 1.0, as CS mentioned in his recap. He also suggests the possibility of a Kaman 2.5 rollout. That's fine. I would say that Kaman 2.5 would consist of Kaman 2.0 playing 70-75 games, which would be great to see.
But it makes the slumbering patrons of Club Optimism wonder what Kaman 3.0 might look like. Here are a few thoughts.
It would have been very hard to debut Kaman 3.0 if FElton was on the team. We would have happily settled for K2.0 or K2.5 combined with FElton's touches and productivity. But with Camby as CK's frontcourt mate, CK is the clear first option on the low block, so the opportunity for Kaman 3.0 is there.
The addition of Baron Davis is another factor in the possibility for 3.0. If FElton might have taken away a lot of opportunities, BD should create a healthy supply of new ones. BD is the best PG and passer that Kaman has played with, and last year he was very successful with Knight and Dickau at the helm. And perhaps more importantly, Baron Davis has never played with a center like Kaman before. The combination of those two players is going to be crucial to Clipper fortunes.
Athleticism and maturity. The advent of Kaman 2.0 was based on a strong summer work ethic, greater maturity, and a number of Kamanesque factors, including improved diagnosis of his unique thought processes. And then he got German citizenship, played very successfully in Athens, and went to Beijing--where the patriotism of one of the most "American" guys you'll ever see, an RV and gun owner who has his own trucking company--was questioned.
What would 3.0 look like? Gotta run, but I'm curious.