Before the season, Chris Kaman's deal with the Mavericks seemed like a win-win. After failing to sign Deron Williams or any other big names in 2012, reloading the front court with a 1-year, $8 million contract on Kaman seemed like a fairly sound decision, no matter how far Kaman's game had fallen since his lone All-Star appearance in 2010. Kaman's defense was average for the position but he featured a low-post game that no Maverick center had possessed before. He could post-up, hit pick and pop jumpers from 18 feet out and could make his free throws (the free throws were a big deal after the Brendan Haywood disaster of the last two seasons.) Most admitted that Dallas was going to lose some on defense going from Haywood to Kaman but that his offense should outweigh it. Combined with Elton Brand and his defensive prowess, it appeared the Mavericks had done a decent job of bargin-bin replacing the production of Tyson Chandler. Unfortunately it wasn't that easy of a transition. Brand's offense was no where to be found in the first month of the season and Kaman's defense looked worse than ever while his offense was jumper-prone. Kaman has always had a reputation of relying a bit too much on his jumper but that was especially true in Dallas. So far this season, according to NBA.com, Kaman has shot 218 shots in the restricted and paint areas of the floor. From mid-range? 236. It's the reason Kaman's field goal percentage can never creep much higher than 50 percent. Before Dirk Nowitzki came back, the shot-hunting Kaman wasn't too much of a problem because Dallas needed offense in the worst way. The problem has started since Dirk returned and it has been two-fold: Kaman starting took away most of Dirk's early looks and the defense of the two has been catastrophic.
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