Antawn Jamison

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Antawn Jamison
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Antawn Jamison
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 235
Nationality: American
Born: 6/12/1976
Birthplace: Shreveport, La.
Draft: First Round, Fourth Overall
Drafted By: Toronto Raptors
College: North Carolina
NBA Career: 1998-2014
Mavs Tenure: 2003-2004

Antawn Jamison (born June 12, 1976 in Shreveport, Louisiana) was obtained by the Mavericks, along with Danny Fortson, Chris Mills and Jiri Welsch, from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Nick Van Exel, Avery Johnson, Popeye Jones, Evan Eschmeyer and Antoine Rigaudeau.

Jamison attended the University of North Carolina where he averaged 19.0 points and 9.9 rebounds over his three seasons. In his first season at Chapel Hill, he became only the fifth freshman in ACC history to be named to the All-ACC first team. His sophomore year he was again All-ACC and All-American and as a junior he won both the Naismith and Wooden awards as outstanding mens college basketball player for 1997-1998. Despite his collegiate success, Jamison declared as an early entry candidate for the NBA draft after his junior year.

Selected by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 1998 NBA draft, his rights were quickly dealt to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for former North Carolina teammate Vince Carter.

Despite a less than stellar rookie campaign in which he only saw action in 47 games and averaged 9.6 points, Jamison was selected to the NBA's All-Rookie second team. For five seasons, he was the major cog in the Warriors' offense. Playing all 82 games in his final three seasons with Golden State, Jamison had a career scoring year in 2000-201 averaging 24.9 ppg. Other than his first year his scoring average has been in double digits each season he's been in the league.

In August of 2003, the Mavericks acquired Jamison from Golden State has part of a nine player deal. In his only season in Dallas, the 6'8 forward averaged 14.8 points (his lowest since his rookie season) and 6.3 rebounds in 29.0 minutes. The numbers, however, were enough to earn him the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. His time with Dallas was not without special notes however as Jamison enjoyed both his first-ever winning season and his first-ever playoff appearance in 2003-2004.

During the offseason, Dallas dealt Jamison (and cash considerations) to the Washington Wizards for Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner and the draft rights to Devin Harris.

Again, finding a home, Jamison went on to play five-and-a-half seasons with the Wizards, twice being named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team and having a career rebounding year in 2007-2008 with a 10.2 rpg average.

In the summer of 2006, Jamison was a member of the Bronze Medal-winning United States team at the FIBA World Championships in Japan.

On February 17, 2010, Washington sent Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a 3-team / 6-player deal where he continued to be a scoring threat. In 2010-2011 he averaged 18.0 ppg and in 2011-2012, 17.2 ppg. His final two seasons in the league were spent in Los Angeles, one with the Lakers and his final year with the Clippers.

Most recently, Jamison joined Time Warner Cable/Sportsnet as an analyst on Los Angeles Lakers games.

Follow Antawn Jamison via his personal webpage (http://www.antawnjamison.com).