NBA Offseason: Why the Milwaukee Bucks Should Sign Chris Kaman

Cody CurrieCorrespondent IIMay 30, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 14:  Chris Kaman #35 of the New Orleans Hornets looks to drive the ball around Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the New Orleans Arena on March 14, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks are on the brink of consistent playoff contention.  The mid-season trade to acquire Monta Ellis gave them one of the most dangerous offensive backcourts in the NBA.  

The Bucks were in a tight race with the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers for the final playoff spot in the East and although they ultimately didn't make it, their contending for a playoff spot after a terrible 2010-11 season displays the heart and talent this team possesses.  

While the Bucks are building their team around the guard duo of Ellis and Brandon Jennings, they lack the presence down low to take pressure off of their guards on offense and to anchor their interior defense.

Chris Kaman would give them that presence.

Kaman is a former All-Star center who is very good offensively as well as being a solid defender.  He has the size to compete with the bigger centers in the NBA as well as being a good shot blocker and post-defender.  

He possesses a good mid-range jump shot as well as an above average post game.  He averaged 13 ppg and 7.7 rpg this past season for the New Orleans Hornets, starting 33 of the 47 games he appeared in.  He also blocked 1.6 shots per game.  

Kaman would provide the Bucks with a solid low-post option on offense as well as being valuable in the pick and roll because of his strong mid-range jump shot.  

He would also improve their defense and make it more difficult for other teams to penetrate to the rim.  His shot-blocking would discourage constant drives to the rim as well as give them someone to rebound both defensively and offensively consistently.  

An offense featuring Jennings, Ellis, Ersan Ilyasova, Drew Gooden, and Kaman would be much more potent than what they put on the floor this year. 

This move would get the Bucks into the playoffs, where they would be competitive and a force to be reckoned with.