It’s time to focus our attention on what we do have. And somewhere, buried under all of that distaste for our former King, there’s a Cavalier Fanatic that believes this team can still compete this season. I’m not claiming that we have what it takes to win a championship right now because, as optimistic as I am, I don’t even believe that. But the Cavs have some very steady pieces that, if they work together, could finish the regular season in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. (For those of you that don’t follow me, that means they’ll make the playoffs).
So I am going to take the next couple weeks to break down our current team so that, by the end of this series, maybe we can all see just how dangerous this team can be.
Remember: We’re Clevelanders. There is no counting us out!
So without further ado, let’s take a look at #4 Antawn Jamison.
Antawn Jamison – Forward (6’ 9”, 235)
Last season, Antawn Jamison was shipped to the Cavaliers from the Washington Wizards in exchange for next to nothing. He was brought in to provide another weapon on the offensive end while adding another paint presence with the ability to rebound the basketball at an efficient rate.
In reality, however, Jamison did very little of either of those things. But how much of that can we contribute to him adapting to a new system and/or the near disappearance of LeBron James from an offense built around LeBron James?
We’ll just have to wait and see.
Antawn Jamison has made a career out of playing very, very well for extremely poor teams. He has never carried a team deep into the playoffs and, in all fairness, his style of play would not allow him to do that. He’s an unselfish teammate who seems more than willing to step back and let others have the spotlight while making his money doing the dirty work. He has been a near 20 point-10 rebound guy for most of his career and I don’t expect anything less from Stretch 4 this season. (By the way, Stretch 4 sounded so much cooler last season. The guy definitely needs a new nickname. Let me know what you come up with.)
At six feet-nine inches, Jamison provides an extremely versatile threat to score the basketball for the Cavaliers. But, perhaps more importantly, Jamison has the ability to run the floor – which is necessary within Byron Scott’s system – and score the ball in transition.
I expect some big things out of Jamison this season. He is the most seasoned veteran on this team (by far) and will need to be a vocal leader if the Cleveland Cavaliers have any chance at success this season. And, as I have told you, the Cavaliers will succeed this season.
“You said we’re a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.”
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