Antawn Jamison

Antawn Jamison
Jamison with the Cleveland Cavaliers
No. 4    Cleveland Cavaliers
Power forward
Personal information
Date of birth June 12, 1976 (1976-06-12) (age 35)
Place of birth Shreveport, Louisiana
Nationality American
High school Providence (North Carolina)
Listed height
Listed weight
Career information
College North Carolina
NBA Draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze 2006 Japan USA

Antawn Cortez Jamison (; born June 12, 1976, in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently plays power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers and was a member of the USA National Team for the 2006 FIBA World Championships

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Early years

Jamison played middle school basketball and football at Quail Hollow Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1][2] Jamison played high school basketball at Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina and was named a McDonald's All-American after his senior season.

College career

Jamison played college basketball at University of North Carolina for three seasons, averaging 19.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.[3] In his junior year, he was awarded both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the most outstanding men's college basketball player for the 1997–98 season. Jamison decided to forgo his senior year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft in 1998 thus ending his college career. On March 1, 2000 Jamison's #33 was retired at the Dean E. Smith Center. He became only the seventh North Carolina basketball player to have his number retired.

From Golden State to Dallas

Jamison was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the fourth pick of the 1998 NBA Draft, who then dealt his rights to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for former North Carolina teammate and best friend Vince Carter. Jamison spent the first five years of his NBA career with the Warriors, and despite a disappointing rookie season, was often the only bright spot on a low-performing team. He scored a career-high 51 points on 2 occasions, back to back against Seattle and the Lakers (the Warriors won that game). He averaged a career-high 24.9 points per game in 2000–01, his third season in the league. In 2003, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in an eight-player deal, and experienced his first winning season in 2003–04 as the Mavericks finished 52–30 and made the playoffs, which marked the first time in his career that Jamison has experience post-season play. Jamison was also named as the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for his efforts. Unfortunately for the Mavericks, they suffered a setback in the first round, falling in five games to the Sacramento Kings.

Washington Wizards

At season's end Jamison was traded again, this time to the Wizards, in exchange for former Tar Heel Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner, and a first round draft pick (which turned out to be University of Wisconsin–Madison point guard, Devin Harris).

In the 2004–05 season with the Wizards, he was named to the NBA All-Star team for the first time in his career and the Wizards enjoyed a solid 45–37 win–loss season, their finest effort in 26 years. They also made the playoffs for the first time since 1997 and advanced to the second round for the first time since 1982. In 2005, Jamison played for the US national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, winning a bronze medal.[4]

Jamison led the Wizards against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. Jamison averaged 32 points and 10 rebounds per game during the series.

During the 2007–08 season, Jamison was named to his second NBA Eastern All-Star team.

On June 30, 2008, Jamison signed a four-year, 50-million dollar contract with the Wizards. Jamison stated his desire to end his career with the Wizards.[5]

Cleveland Cavaliers

On February 17, 2010, Jamison was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team, six-player trade that sent Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Washington Wizards, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first round pick and the rights to Emir Preldžič from Cleveland to Washington, Drew Gooden from Washington to Los Angeles and Sebastian Telfair from Los Angeles to Cleveland. In his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Charlotte Bobcats, Jamison scored only two points which came from free throws as he went 0 for 12 from the field.[6] In his second game with the Cavaliers, Jamison scored 19 points against the Orlando Magic.

Philanthropy

Jamison awarded his first Antawn C. Jamison Scholarship at his high school alma mater in 2003.[7] Jamison has also launched a campaign which he calls "A Better Tomorrow" which he hopes to use to provide the underprivileged with a chance at a better future. He says of the project: "As a professional athlete, I have an obligation to help those less fortunate. I really enjoy being in a position to aid my community - both in the Bay Area and back home in Charlotte - and put a smile on somebody's face. That is what it is all about. I think it is especially important to give back during the holidays, when people tend to feel a little down if things are not going too well."[8]

Name

His name was accidentally printed as "Antawn" instead of "Antwan" on his birth certificate. However, his family decided to keep the misspelling as they felt it would be more distinctive.[9] His first name is still pronounced as though it were spelled "Antwan" or "Antoine".[10]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

|- | align="left" | 1998–99 | align="left" | Golden State | 47 || 24 || 22.5 || .452 || .300 || .588 || 6.4 || .7 || .8 || .3 || 9.6 |- | align="left" | 1999–00 | align="left" | Golden State | 43 || 41 || 36.2 || .471 || .286 || .611 || 8.3 || 2.1 || .7 || .3 || 19.6 |- | align="left" | 2000–01 | align="left" | Golden State | 82 || 82 || 41.4 || .442 || .302 || .715 || 8.7 || 2.0 || 1.4 || .3 || 24.9 |- | align="left" | 2001–02 | align="left" | Golden State | 82 || 82 || 37.0 || .447 || .324 || .734 || 6.8 || 2.0 || .9 || .6 || 19.7 |- | align="left" | 2002–03 | align="left" | Golden State | 82 || 82 || 39.3 || .470 || .311 || .789 || 7.0 || 1.9 || .9 || .6 || 22.2 |- | align="left" | 2003–04 | align="left" | Dallas | 82 || 2 || 29.0 || .535 || .400 || .748 || 6.3 || .9 || 1.0 || .4 || 14.8 |- | align="left" | 2004–05 | align="left" | Washington | 68 || 68 || 38.3 || .437 || .341 || .760 || 7.6 || 2.3 || .8 || .2 || 19.6 |- | align="left" | 2005–06 | align="left" | Washington | 82 || 80 || 40.1 || .442 || .394 || .731 || 9.3 || 1.9 || 1.1 || .2 || 20.5 |- | align="left" | 2006–07 | align="left" | Washington | 70 || 70 || 38.0 || .450 || .364 || .736 || 8.0 || 1.9 || 1.1 || .5 || 19.8 |- | align="left" | 2007–08 | align="left" | Washington | 79 || 79 || 38.7 || .436 || .339 || .760 || 10.2 || 1.5 || 1.3 || .4 || 21.4 |- | align="left" | 2008–09 | align="left" | Washington | 81 || 81 || 38.2 || .468 || .351 || .754 || 8.9 || 1.9 || 1.2 || .3 || 22.2 |- | align="left" | 2009–10 | align="left" | Washington | 41 || 41 || 38.9 || .420 || .345 || .700 || 8.8 || 1.3 || 1.0 || .2 || 20.5 |- | align="left" | 2009–10 | align="left" | Cleveland | 25 || 23 || 32.4 || .485 || .342 || .506 || 7.7 || 1.3 || 1.1 || .5 || 15.8 |- | align="left" | 2010–11 | align="left" | Cleveland | 36 || 18 || 30.8 || .438 || .351 || .692 || 6.1 || 1.6 || 0.8 || .5 || 16.4 |- | align="left" | Career | align="left" | | 900 || 773 || 36.5 || .456 || .347 || .727 || 8.0 || 1.7 || 1.0 || .4 || 19.7 |- | align="left" | All-Star | align="left" | | 2 || 0 || 12.5 || .375 || .333 || .000 || 2.5 || .5 || .0 || .5 || 3.5 |}

Playoffs

|- | align="left" | 2003–04 | align="left" | Dallas | 5 || 0 || 21.8 || .456 || .250 || .733 || 5.0 || .4 || 1.0 || .4 || 13.0 |- | align="left" | 2004–05 | align="left" | Washington | 10 || 10 || 38.0 || .451 || .500 || .688 || 6.3 || 1.2 || .7 || .4 || 18.5 |- | align="left" | 2005–06 | align="left" | Washington | 6 || 6 || 42.2 || .424 || .313 || .778 || 7.2 || 3.0 || 1.0 || .3 || 19.2 |- | align="left" | 2006–07 | align="left" | Washington | 4 || 4 || 43.3 || .476 || .346 || .750 || 9.8 || 1.3 || .5 || 1.0 || 32.0 |- | align="left" | 2007–08 | align="left" | Washington | 6 || 6 || 39.5 || .406 || .280 || .571 || 12.0 || 1.0 || 1.3 || 1.3 || 16.8 |- | align="left" | 2009–10 | align="left" | Cleveland | 11 || 11 || 34.1 || .467 || .256 || .732 || 7.4 || 1.3 || .6 || 1.0 || 15.3 |- | align="left" | Career | align="left" | | 42 || 37 || 36.3 || .448 || .335 || .708 || 7.7 || 1.4 || .8 || .7 || 18.1 |}

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