Consolation Prize or Upgrade?
Posted by Erik on July 16, 2008
The L.A. Clippers, somehow pull off a miracle and land a TOP quality center in the form of Marcus Camby, from the Denver Nuggets. They got him in exchange for the option to exchange 2nd round picks in 2010. (More on NBA.COM)
WTF?!? Yup, that was pretty much my initial reaction… Man, talk about getting something for nothing. This trade is up there with the Pau Gasol – Kwame Brown exchange of last season. I guess the Nuggets are giving up on a shot at the playoffs this season… well I suppose they are reorienting their plans for the future. I’m pretty sure they could have gotten a much better deal for parting with such a solid defender as Camby. Hmmm… I wonder what the Nugget management was smoking when this deal went down? In fairness to them, it IS a bit too early to spell out what they are planning for the franchise’s future. There are still moves and deals they can make before the season begins to get them on track to make a run for the playoffs this year.
This move is clearly GREAT for the Clippers. They may have lost Elton Brand to David Falk -> the 76ers, but now have seemed to have bounced back by landing Marcus Camby. Now they’ll just be missing the scoring part of Brand’s 20-10 production, but actually get a superior rebounder and shot blocker in Camby.
On the defensive end, the Clippers are now much more improved. I expect Camby to produce his usual defensive numbers, similar to last season. His only real fantasy drawbacks have been his scoring and his games played (GP). Something like 12-13 REBS and 3+ swats a night, looks pretty to me!
On the offensive end, Chris Kaman can theoretically slide down to the 4 spot and play alongside Camby. This will be good for Kaman as he can get PF/C status – great flexibility for him, fantasywise . The catch for the Clips, well for coach Dunleavy specifically, will be to figure out how to utilize both Kaman and Camby while preserving their health (both players being notorious for being injury prone). The Nuggets coaching staff seemed to have found a way, as Camby had a decent number of GPs last year. IF and WHEN Dunleavy figures out a way to maximize both players strengths and downplay their weaknesses, the Clippers may quickly find themselves with one of the more formidable frontcourt combos in the league today.
Expect Captain KAveMAN’s stats to take a slight hit, especially in the REBS and BLK cats (down to 8.5 and 1.2). Expect good PTS and FG% as he can dominate a lot of the smaller PFs in the league. He now has a very good, legitimate PG handling the ball and doing playmaking in Baron Davis. Not to mention Chris will be slamming home a lot of put-backs as Baron does like to light it up from afar.
Overall, the Clips got a better defensive C and have a reasonably decent PF (if Kaman slides down a spot). In the end, Elton and his sensitive Agent won’t be missed as much as expected! Kudos to the guys in the Clips management who were responsible for this deal, for pulling it off!