What They're Saying About The Clippers' Draft Picks...

Posted: June 30th

Take a look at what those around the basketball world are saying about the two newest Clippers' big men, Chris Kaman and Sofoklis Schortsanitis....

First Round (#6 overall) - Chris Kaman
(Ht: 7'0" | Wt: 255 | Wingspan: 6'11.75")
2002-03 Stats
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3131244392.622206275.74937339199869422.4

Chris Kaman


Mike Krzyzewski, Head Coach - Duke University
"He can use both hands, he can run the floor. If he gets fouled, he can hit free throws. Kaman is the best true center we've faced all season...he'll make a great pro."

Randy Pfund, President and General Manager - Miami Heat
"Kaman is a 7-foot American that can put the ball in the basket, and that's hard to come by."

Scott Perry, Director of Player Personell - Detroit Pistons
"We watched him a lot during the year. He can score, pass and is NBA-ready."

Marty Blake, Director of Scouting - NBA
"He is the only legitimate center in college basketball. Kaman has a lot of ability and should be able to be a very good NBA center, in time."

Jay Smith, Head Coach - Central Michigan University
"If Chris is playing the way he's supposed to play, people are going to see a very agile, quick 7-footer. He can alter shots. He has a variety of post moves inside and at times you'll wonder if he's right or left handed. He makes free throws. And he's a guy that when he's double and triple teamed, he'll pass it out."

Glen Grunwald, General Manager - Toronto Raptors
"He's very skilled, he's got great footwork, [and] he's more athletic than you'd give him credit for, I think. And he's only going to get better. He's got good size, but he needs to improve his strength a bit. That's going to come with the work and the maturity."


Second Round (#34 overall) - Sofoklis Schortsanitis
(Ht: 6'9" | Wt: 255 | Wingspan: N/A)
2002-03 Stats
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23105180.5834484.5241431916725411.0
Three-point field goals: 0-for-0 (.000)

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Kevin O'Connor, VP of Basketball Operations - Utah Jazz
"He's really a big, big kid, and he's very long, He measures 6-8 1/2, [but] length-wise, he's probably about a 6-11 player."

From ESPN.com:
"[Schortsanitis] is very strong and capable of playing with his back to the basket. He's a good rebounder and can score in the low post. He has a nice array of post moves including a sweet baby hook. He can be very agressive, but somehow his game looks smooth."

Frank Johnson, Head Coach - Phoenix Suns
“Good Lord! Eighteen years old and a body like that? He has great hands, great feet, a nice little soft touch. You start thinking, ‘Okay, two, three years, what if?’ There are a lot of possibilities there. He is very intriguing.”