L.A. Lakers: Why Antawn Jamison Is the Most Underrated Addition of the Offseason

September 25th, 2012 by Ben Leibowitz Leave a reply »

With key additions to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, which include a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner and even much-hyped signings in Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill, Antawn Jamison seems to be lost among the group of fresh faces.

The Lakers’ 2012 offseason may go down as one of the greatest ever, but Jamison is quickly becoming the most underrated addition among the many moves L.A. made this summer.

Sure Steve Nash and Dwight Howard are both NBA superstars who will bolster the Lakers’ starting lineup, but Jamison’s job could prove more important, as he’s meant to improve the Lakers’ dreadful second unit.

A season ago, the Lakers’ bench scored 20.5 points per game, which was dead last in the NBA according to Hoops Stats. Matt Barnes and Steve Blake were the Lakers’ two leading scorers off the bench last season, averaging just 13 points per game between them.

Jamison, a former Sixth Man of the Year award winner, is not only comfortable playing a key role off the bench, but he’s also no stranger to scoring points in bunches.

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