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Miami Heat Trade Rumors: 5 Reasons Chris Kaman Is Perfect South Beach Fit

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2012

Miami Heat Trade Rumors: 5 Reasons Chris Kaman Is Perfect South Beach Fit

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    Plain and simple: The Miami Heat are weak at the center position.

    With the "Big Three" consuming the 2, 3 and 4, as well as the combination of Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole emerging as solid point guards for the Heat, the center position becomes the weakest link.

    As noted in a previous article, the Heat are interested in acquiring the services of the eight-year veteran Chris Kaman.

    With the addition of the seven-foot center, the Heat would largely increase their chances of winning a title in 2012.

    Here are five reasons why the signing of Chris Kaman would be ideal for the Miami Heat: 

The Heat Need a Center

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    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard further proved the point that the Heat need a legit center.

    On Feb. 8, D12 dominated Joel Anthony and backup Dexter Pittman, posting a double-double with 25 points and 24 rebounds—seven of them being offensive.

    As of Feb. 2, ESPN's Tom Haberstroh cited that Miami is receiving the lowest scoring contribution from the center position in the NBA, at 8.9 PPG.

    Haberstroh also noted that there were only five occasions this season that a Miami center scored more than 10 points in a game, all of them coming from Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who is no longer playing basketball. 

    While LeBron and D-Wade will continue to carry the load offensively, the Heat could use a legit inside scoring threat to open up the perimeter and create space in the lane.

Kaman Can Still Play

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    After spending his first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Kaman moved on to the New Orleans Hornets, where he is putting up some solid numbers.

    A career 11.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG and 1.4 BPG player, Kaman is almost mirroring his career performance one year after playing only 32 games due to injuries.

    The seven-footer is averaging 11.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 1.3 BPG in 25 minutes for the 8-25 Hornets.

    Back-to-back double-doubles against the Utah Jazz (27 points and 13 rebounds) and Milwaukee Bucks (18 points and 10 rebounds) highlight his five double-doubles in '11-'12.

    Although he is shooting 41 percent from the floor this season, he's had 10 games in which he shot 50 percent or better.

    He may not be averaging a double-double like he did in '07-'08, but Kaman would still be a great acquisition for the Miami Heat. 

It'll Add Another Offensive Option

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    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are expected to lead the Miami Heat to victory each and every night.

    But that doesn't mean they don't need any help doing it.

    Chris Bosh is having a great season, averaging 18.4 PPG and 8.3 RPG, but he doesn't have a strong inside presence like other PFs (Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol).

    And I don't think we need to get into the scoring numbers that Joel Anthony provides.

    The bottom line is that adding Kaman to the mix would provide the Heat with a fundamental big man who can step out and hit the jumper as well.

    At seven-foot, he can pretty much get a shot over any big man in the game and provide offense at the center position, which is what Miami lacks. 

Kaman Is an Upgrade

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    Saying that Chris Kaman is an upgrade over Joel Anthony is an understatement.

    In three complete seasons in the NBA, Anthony has never averaged more than 2.7 PPG and 3.6 RPG in a season.

    Even in his worst season, Kaman averaged 9.1 PPG and 6.7 RPG.

    And while Anthony is having a great season defensively, the same can be said for Kaman.

    In fact, Kaman is averaging 0.1 more blocks per game than Anthony, and averages 0.1 BPG more than Anthony for his career.

    Though they're both 29 years old, Kaman doubles Anthony in experience (eight years to four) and outsizes him, as Kaman is three inches taller and 20 pounds heavier than the current Heat center.

He'll Help Come Playoff Time

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    Though he's only played in 11 career postseason games, Chris Kaman has been solid on the big stage.

    Averages of 10.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG and a 59 percent field-goal percentage are what defines Kaman's playoff career.

    What about Joel Anthony, you ask?

    He's at 2.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG and a 37 percent field-goal percentage in 32 total games.

    While the Heat failed to win an NBA title last season in large part to, well, choking to say it plain and simple, Kaman will relieve some of that pressure.

    Having an inside presence like Kaman will provide open looks for the Big Three and more points on the board for the Miami Heat.

    If they're not already favorites to win it all, the acquisition of Kaman would undoubtedly thrust Miami into the driver's seat to take home the 2012 NBA Championship. 

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