The current era of basketball, at least from 2009 until now, can be considered a golden age for players at the point guard position. Almost half of the league currently has a former All Star point guard playing significant minutes on its roster. The decade before however should be recognized as the era of the power forward. The league was loaded at the 4 position, and many of those forwards were influential in how the players at that size play on both ends. In the upcoming month we will highlight a different former All Star 4 man on the fourth day of the week in a series titled “Flashing Back Forward.”
2x All Star, 2004 Sixth Man of the Year
The name Antawn Jamison may be very recognizable to an NBA junkie of the past 20 years (whether all of them know its “TAWN’ not “Twan” is a different story). What has to be severely underrated is his stat line during the 2000s. Throughout the decade the former Tar Heel averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds while shooting over 46% from the field. And when it comes to being a unique scorer, there were few that got buckets like Jamison. He had flip shots, scoop shots, runners, outside spot up jumpers, post ups; his scoring was incredibly unconventional yet effective. His best year came in 2008, where he averaged 21 and 10 and was part of the three headed attack for the Washington Wizards with Gilbert Arenas and Caron “Tuff Juice” Butler. The dope thing about Tawn is that he could have flourished as a 4 in todays game with his ability to knock down outside shots and slash to the rim. It’s interesting that once he was traded to the Cavs as a potential piece to help get Lebron over the hump in 2010, his career began to trend downward (however he still averaged around 18 in his two complete years in Cleveland). In terms of his production in the 2000s however? A gem.