Basketball season is right around the corner and yes, the events of this past summer have put a bit of a damper on the Cavaliers' prospects in 2010-11. That doesn't mean there isn't reason for optimism! Over the next several days we will break down your 2010-11 Cavaliers, hoping to figure out just what this team can do, and how they are going to do it.
We will be looking at five players a week in preparation for the upcoming season, giving you a little capsule look at each member of the team as they embark on their journey into the Brave New World. For a very long time we have had expectations for the Cavs that were lofty. Now we look to carry on and stay "in the game" as we transition on the fly and become a different team than what we have become accustomed to.
But there are some familiar faces left, and we begin with one today: Antawn Jamison.Where Antawn came from:
Born in Louisiana in 1976, Jamison attended high school in North Carolina and went on to play his college ball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, before being drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the fourth pick of the 1998 NBA draft. He was traded on draft day to the Golden State Warriors for Vince Carter.
Where Antawn has been:
Jamison began his career with the Warriors and played for Golden State through the 2002-2003 season before being part of a four-for-five trade with the Dallas Mavericks. Antawn spent one year in Texas before being sent to the Washington Wizards in June of 2004 for Christian Laettner, Devin Harris and Jerry Stackhouse. He played for the Wizards until February of 2010 before being dealt to the Cavaliers as part of a three-team deal which saw Zydrunas Ilgauskas sent to Washington along with Emir Preidzic and a 2010 first-round draft pick.
What Antawn has achieved:
The 6' 8", 223-pound forward has put up a very respectable 19.8 PPG in his 864-game NBA career, with his best season in points per game coming in 2000-01 for the Warriors, when he scorched the net to the tune of 24.9 a game. Antawn averaged over 10 rebounds per game for the Wizards in 2007-08. For the Cavaliers, Jamison averaged 15.8 PPG in 25 appearances during the regular season to go along with 7.7 boards.
Antawn has appeared in two All-Star games and was voted the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2003-04.
What we can expect to see from Antawn in the coming season:
At 34 years of age, it is hard to say how well Jamison will fit into the up-tempo style of offense that new coach Byron Scott plans to employ. But with LeBron James gone and Shaquille O'Neal and Ilgauskas also having departed, expect to see a much more mobile Jamison this season. I look for him to blend well with Anderson Varejao, and to be able to slide over and be a second center on the floor when needed. With the lane opened up much more than it was in 2009-10, look for Antawn to have a fine season -- if he can stay healthy and run with the pack, so to speak.