Season In Review: Marcus Camby
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 05/10/2011 3:02 PM

    During 2011, Marcus Camby...
    Exceeded Expectations (8)
    Met Expectations (16)
    Failed To Meet Expectations (5)

    We're going to start something new this offseason and review each player's season, how they performed, whether they met expectations or not and if you'd like to see them in uniform for the Blazers to start the 2011-12 season. Up next is our seasoned veteran, Marcus Camby.

    At age 36, Marcus Camby is the senior member of the Trail Blazers. Due to his elder status with the squad, his teammates nicknamed him "Uncle Cam" and he fed off that role, acting as the go-to-guy when it came to plans on the road. Camby even hosted a team dinner at his house during this year's NCAA Tournament Championship game between Butler and UConn. Age can bring seniority and experience, but it also brings old and tired bones. And on January 17th, 2011, Marcus Camby injured his knee against the Timberwolves which required surgery to repair the partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee. The injury caused Camby to miss 16 of his 23 total games missed over the course of the 2010-11 season.

    For the season, Camby averaged 4.7 points, on .398 shooting from the field and .614 from the free-throw line, 10.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 0.7 steals in 26.1 minutes per game. Not too shabby for a 36 year old man, but looking back at his career stats, the drop-offs are significant.  Marcus will never be accused of being a offensive force but his scoring his rock-bottom in 2011 and it was nearly 3 points lower than his previous low of 7.6 back in 1999. In addition to his scoring declining, his 39.8% field goal percentage was a career worst for the big man from Massachusetts. Another telling statistic was the 1.6 blocks, the lowest since 2003 (1.4). Finally, Marcus just didn't look "right" after returning from the arthroscopic knee surgery and the stats back that up as well. Here are Camby's 2010-11 splits from pre-All-Star and post-All-Star (he returned February 27th) via

    As you can see, the numbers are down drastically across the board. Before the injury his scoring had dropped which was to be expected, but he was rebounding like he was in his prime and blocking shots with the best of them. After the surgery, only the rebounding stayed somewhat par for the course. Even the minutes had decreased to 21 a night; not a good omen for a team desperately needing a full-time center.

    While the stats showed Camby's game taking the understandable route for a 15 year veteran, they don't define him as a player. As we all know there are certain tangible and intangible attributes that Camby brings to the table which can not be found in a box score. For starters, take a look at his passing ability; no big man in the league possesses a better knack for throwing the alley-oop pass. Camby was an immense reason why the Trail Blazers led the league in alley-oops and why LaMarcus Aldridge became such a force offensively. Yes, LA can spin at any moment for the dunk but Camby's ability to put that ball on a dime is what keeps the defenses up at night, fearing they will see that play thrown at them all game long. Along with his passing skills, Marcus is a team leader and always one of the first guys off the bench to recognize a great play or to give a word of encouragement. The team responds to him both on and off the court and you would be hard pressed to find a team that did anything in the playoffs without veteran leadership.

    Known for his trademarked "backtap" while keeping the ball alive on the glass, his shot-blocking prowess and pin-point alley-oop passes, it was the most unlikeliest  of all plays which can be chalked up as the highlight of Marcus Camby's 2011 season. With 1 second left on the shot clock in the second-half of Game Two in Dallas, Marcus received the ball and heaved of a three-point attempt from the corner which hit nothing but the bottom of the net. And on top of it all, he has the moxie to throw up the Three Goggles!

    Camby Goggles

    Let all of that information soak in for a moment Rip City. Looking back, how well did Marcus perform? Do you want another season of Marcus In The Middle?
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/10/2011 4:48 PM

    I would say that Marcus met expectations, but barely. His play after the injury was very mediocre. I know he's old and banged up, but the bottom line is that he's our starting center. In a perfect world Greg comes back and is ready to play 28 minutes a night and Camby chews up the other 20 minutes at center, but that's been the perfect world for years now. I wouldn't be surprised if we packaged Camby's expiring deal with another player to try and upgrade the roster.
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  1. BlazerBear
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    Posted 05/10/2011 5:03 PM

    This pains me to say, but Camby Cakes didn't live up to my expectations. I appreciate him being our only center but comparing his 2011 season to his 2010 one is like night and day. Right now, Camby is no longer an offensive threat at all. I can't believe that just over a year ago he put up 30 points in the Marc-Cus Cam-By chant game against OKC. 10 points would be a miracle I feel like. I know scoring isn't his job, but when teams know he isn't a threat to score, they leave him alone and put more pressure on Aldridge and Crash. I still really like MC but at $10 million a year...that's a steep price in my opinion.
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  1. freddead
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    Posted 05/10/2011 9:13 PM

    he was very disappointing in the playoffs imo he was half the reason why we couldnt stop the pick and roll
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 05/12/2011 8:02 PM

    i saw the clippers season opener agianst portland, the first play, half court alley oop from miller to camby, he was so fast. he played solid this season, he was exactly  what they needed, maybe could of helped out more in the post season but he did fine, like i said, he was solid.

    but a twice pulled groin in the same season and the number 36 years of age, does have some leverage in this matter.....
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