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Jamison continues to fly under radar

Antawn Jamison has put up another highly productive season.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - His Washington Wizards team has the second fewest wins in the NBA (16), they are missing two of their top-three players in Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler, but forward Antawn Jamison continues to be a fantasy stud despite all the problems which surround him.

While Jamison and his Wizards get almost no highlight-film time from the national media, the North Carolina product has put up another highly productive season. Jamison, completing his fifth year in Washington is averaging 22.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.2 spg. His scoring average is tied for 12th overall with a couple of All-Stars - Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Meanwhile Jamison's rebounding total is 17th-best overall and 12th-best among forwards.

But when was the last time you saw Jamison get off one of his patented "quick- release" shots around the basket which always catches the other team's shot blocker by surprise? Or hit one of his 94 three-point baskets where he is averaging 34.9-percent?

You don't, because the injuries to two of the team's three superstars has left Washington at the bottom of the standings.

Over the past five games, Jamison has been even better, averaging 24.6 ppg and 9.6 rebound, but as has been the case all season, the team is 0-5 during that span.

When healthy, Arenas, Butler and Jamison can get a team into the playoffs as the Wizards did in 2007-08 when they went 43-39 and made the post season for the fourth consecutive year. Unfortunately, while Jamison has played 71 of 72 games, Butler has played just 58 and Arenas has yet to take the floor in 2008-09.

For those in the know, however, Jamison continues to get the job done and has easily played better than his Average Draft Position (ADP) of 42.4. Jamison is one of the fantasy bargains in 2008.

Antawn Jamison Statistics
Year Team PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% 3PT% FT%
2008-09 WAS 22.2 9.10 2.00 1.20 0.30 0.47 0.35 0.76
2007-08 WAS 21.4 10.20 1.50 1.30 0.40 0.44 0.34 0.76
2006-07 WAS 19.8 8.00 1.90 1.10 0.50 0.45 0.36 0.74
2005-06 WAS 20.5 9.30 1.90 1.10 0.10 0.44 0.39 0.73
2004-05 WAS 19.6 7.60 2.30 0.80 0.20 0.44 0.34 0.76
2003-04 DAL 14.8 6.30 0.90 1.00 0.40 0.54 0.40 0.75
2002-03 GSW 22.2 7.00 1.90 0.90 0.50 0.47 0.31 0.79
2001-02 GSW 19.7 6.80 2.00 0.90 0.50 0.45 0.32 0.73
2000-01 GSW 24.9 8.70 2.00 1.40 0.30 0.44 0.30 0.71
1999-00 GSW 19.6 8.30 2.10 0.70 0.30 0.47 0.29 0.61
1998-99 GSW 9.6 6.40 0.70 0.80 0.30 0.45 0.30 0.59


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