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Antawn Jamison

What went wrong with the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers … big men?

C Dwight Howard: 76 games, 76 games started, 6 missed (for injury) 17.1 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, .578/.167/.492


PF Pau Gasol: 49 games, 42 games started, 32 missed, 13.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, .466/.286/.702


PF Jordan Hill: 29 games, 1 game started, 52 missed, 6.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, .497/.000/.656


SF Metta World Peace: 75 games, 66 games started, 7 missed, 12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, .403/.342/.734


F Antawn Jamison: 76 games, 6 games started, 9.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.7 apg, .464/.361/.691


F Earl Clark: 59 games, 36 games started, 7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, .440/.337/.697


SF Devin Ebanks: 19 games, 3 games started, 3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.5 apg, .329/.273/.786


C Robert Sacre: 32 games, 3 games started, 1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.2 apg .375/.000/.636


What went wrong with the Lakers bigs?


Howard and Gasol didn’t learn how to play with one another for five months.


Or perhaps, Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni couldn’t figure it out until it was too late. Either way, what most thought would be a fluid transition with one of the game’s best shut down defenders and most versatile bigs turned out to be clunky and awkward.


Of the 13 two-man combinations that spent 900 minutes or more together, Howard and Gasol settled in as having the lowest offensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions) at 103.5–the season average was 105.6. Of course, this isn’t a perfect metric by any means, but the Lakers didn’t grab more a higher percentage of rebounds (51.1% versus a season average of 51.2%) and gave up 16.4 TO a game (15 was the season average).


Just watching them, it was clear that Gasol wasn’t being used as efficiently as possible. He often set up on long-range jumpers, shooting from 16 feet or more almost as many times as at the rim. In fact, Pau took 1 more 3-pointer this year in 49 games than he did in 65 games last year. To make matters worse, Howard had his worst offensive season by almost any metric, and was taking away the low post touches that Gasol excels at.

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Instant Trade Analysis: Antawn Jamison to the Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers get: F Antawn Jamison on one-year, minimum salary deal

In the 36 year-old Jamison, an already ancient Los Angeles Lakers team has just gotten a little bit older, but how damning is this usually negative concept?

In case you haven’t been paying much attention, Jamison has quietly molded for himself a remarkable NBA career, one that could eventually lead to the Hall of Fame (after former Lakers great Jamaal Wilkes made it, Antawn’s career numbers certainly can stack up next to Silk’s). Believe it or not, Antawn Jamison has amassed the following statistics throughout his almost 15 year major league career:

19,246 points (43rd all-time)
7,383 field goals made (44th all-time)
35,754 minutes (53 all-time)
7,740 rebounds (65th all-time)
1,071 3-pointers made (56th all-time)

Wow. Though the numbers are generally impressive, he owes a lot of his success to an incredibly stable bill of health and a willingness to tough out injuries every single night.

On the surface, this signing is too good to be true. Former two-time All-Star Antawn Jamison is coming to the Lakers on a cut-rate deal to play off the bench behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum? It’s easy to see why Jamison chose the Los Angeles Lakers, despite a near 15 million dollar pay cut from last year. For one, Jamison has rarely been on a winning team; in his 14 seasons in the NBA, ‘Tawn has been to the playoffs a sparing six times, never advancing past the second round. The chance to play alongside Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Andrew Bynum will give him the greatest set of collective teammates he’s ever had, all due respect to the dysfunctional, but highly entertaining Washington Wizards teams of half a decade ago.
More importantly, he’ll have a key role on this Lakers team. Though primarily known for his distance shooting for the past couple seasons in Cleveland (putting up a five three-pointers a game with the Cavs, as opposed to four in DC), Jamison won’t be just another catch and shoot 3-point tool for Steve Nash to make look like an All-Star. Antawn generally moves fairly well without the ball, and in a pinch, is still mobile enough to drive to the hoop. With the second unit, I imagine that he’ll get plenty of time on the floor with either Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol, giving the Lakers the type of floor spacing from a source that is best utilized shooting (as opposed to the Spainard, whose sublime post game was laid to waste last year using him as primarily a floor spacing big in the high post). This way, Pau can move closer to the basket and LA will lose little of their aggressively pounding paint offense at any time.

While he’s been particularly noted for his shooting (which isn’t all about accuracy – he’s only shot 34% for his career from the arc, though he’s lethal enough that he has to be respected at the line), Jamison also carries with him three other helpful basketball qualities:

1) Rebounding: Antwan is only 6’8″, but has career numbers of 7.8 rebounds per 36 minutes. He’s certainly not the type of boarding savant that Reggie Evans or other similarly sized forward are, but Jamison certainly has the aptitude, and more importantly, willingness to go after loose balls. Last year’s 6.4 rpg tied a career low, but considering he did that type of damage playing alongside Anderson Verajao and Tristan Thompson and in only 33 minutes, he certainly believe that he’ll be able to give the Lakers five or six boards off the bench.

2) Bench play: Jamison w…