Chris Kaman (born April 28, 1982 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on July 13, 2012.
Kaman attended Central Michigan University where he saw both his scoring and rebounding averages rise each of the three years he was there. His college career culminated in 2002-2003 when he saw action in 31 games averaging 22.4 points and 12.0 rebounds. He was both the Mid-America Conference Player-of-the-Year and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America selection.
That college success resulted in his being drafted in the first round (sixth overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2003 NBA draft.
Playing in all 82 of the Clippers' games his rookie season, Kaman averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 as he learned the NBA game. Those numbers were still good enough to earn him a spot on that season's NBA All-Rookie squad.
So successful were the first three years of Kaman's career, that he again (as in college) increased his scoring and rebounding numbers each season. His third season, 2005-2006 saw him post 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds over 77 games as he led the Clippers to their first playoff appearance in 14 seasons. Los Angeles defeated Denver in the first round before losing to Phoenix in the next round.
Hopes were high for both Kaman and the Clippers to have a breakout season in 2006-2007 but, hampered by a hamstring injury much of the season, his numbers declined slightly and Los Angeles missed the playoffs by one game.
That breakout year did come in 2007-2008 when the 7'0 center averaged 15.7 points and a career-high 12.7 rebounds.
2009-2010 was another big year for Kaman as he posted a career-high in points with 18.5 and was named to the Western Conference All-Star team. In the game he scored 4 points in 11 minutes on the court.
Early in the 2011-2012 season, L.A. traded Kaman, along with Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first round draft pick to New Orleans for guard Chris Paul and two second round picks. With the Hornets, he played in 47 games with 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
In the offseason, Kaman signed a one-year free agent deal with Dallas. He played one season with the Mavs appearing in 66 games averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 boards, the lowest rebounding numbers since his rookie season.
Kaman was again on the move after his one-year stint in Dallas. It was back to L.A., but this time with the center inked a one-year contract with the Lakers. Injuries (from food poisoning to a calf strain) limited the seven-footer to only 39 games where he posted 10.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 18.9 minutes.
On the move again in the summer of 2014, Kaman inked a two-year deal with the Portland Trailblazers. In his first season, he saw action in 74 games raising his numbers to 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Off the court, he is starring in a six-part weekly series on AXS-TV called "Exploring Kaman", where he and his buddies set out on a deep-sea fishing excursion.