Dallas Mavericks 2012: Chris Kaman, the Center of Attention

August 7th, 2012 by Craig Berlin Leave a reply »
There seems to be some reservation amongst NBA followers concerning the Mavericks' signing of Chris Kaman, or more accurately a giant meh...and yet, Mavericks fans are quietly giddy.  

I'm willing to admit it myself and if you don't understand the reasons, a little history is in order.

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

The Dallas Mavericks had their first good center.

His name was James Donaldson, and he was a 7' 2" mountain.  The Mavericks had been in existence for five years already without much in the way of a true center, so Donaldson was a welcome addition to an already star-studded cast on the verge of greatness.

Donaldson holds the interesting distinction of possessing the record for most NBA games played, without ever attempting a three-pointer.  

But don't hold it against him—from where he stood, not so far away from the basket,  he put the ball in it often enough.   In fact, his .571 career field-goal percentage is the 7th highest in NBA history, and during the 1984–85 NBA season, he led the league in field goal percentage at 0.637.

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