Antawn Jamison (born June 12, 1976) is a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers. The 6’9” tall, 235-pound forward played basketball and football in middle school. Jamison eventually stuck with basketball in high school at Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was eventually named a McDonalds All-American at the end of his senior year.
Jamison then took his talents to University of North Carolina, where he averaged 19.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game during his three seasons with the team. Jamison would forgo his senior season to enter the 1998 NBA draft. In his junior and final season with North Carolina, Jamison was awarded both the Naismith and Wooden awards for the most outstanding men’s college basketball player. During his college career, Jamison also won the AP National Player of the Year award, the ACC Player of the Year award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, and was also named the ACC Tournament MVP.
The Toronto Raptors selected Jamison with the 4th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, but immediately traded him to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Vince Carter.
As a Warrior, Jamison notably had back-to-back career-high 51-point games in December of 2000. The second game came against the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, who matched his 51 points, although the Warriors were victorious by the end of the contest. That season, Jamison averaged a career high 24.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
In 2003, Jamison was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. During the 2003-2004 season, Jamison earned Sixth Man of the Year honors while averaging 14.8 points per game—his lowest average since his rookie season to date; Jamison’s field goal and three-point percentages, however, were career highs (53.5 and 40.0 percent, respectively).
After his one-year stay in Dallas, Jamison was traded to the Washington Wizards. Jamison earned his first of two All-Star appearances during his first season with the Wizards (2004-2005), while averaging 19.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. Jamison’s second All-Star appearance came in 2008, also as a member of the Wizards.
In 2006, Jamison played on the U.S. Men’s Basketball team where the team won the Bronze Medal in the World Championships in Japan.
In 2007, Jamison led the Wizards against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs, where the Wizards were eventually swept. Jamison averaged 32.0 points per game in the series.
Jamison was then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February of 2010, where he played for two and a half seasons.
In the summer of 2012, Jamison opted to take a drastic pay cut (he earned $15 million the previous season) in order to pursue a championship, signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent for the veteran’s minimum ($1.4 million).
Jamison currently boasts career averages of 19.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field and looks to be a solid contributor off the bench for the Lakers.
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