Antawn Jamison: Why Golden State Needs to Sign the Former Dubs Forward

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst IJuly 6, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 19:  Antawn Jamison #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during warm ups against the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on March 19, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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After a vastly successful NBA draft, the Warriors seem to be on the upswing.

Their first-round pick, Harrison Barnes, will likely figure into the starting lineup at small forward, while both later picks Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green will definitely be role players on day one.

However, if Golden State wants to make the playoffs, their bench needs to become deeper, especially in terms of big men.

The Warriors would not mind a player who can play the 3 and 4 while providing veteran leadership for a roster that does not have many playoff veterans.

This is why Antawn Jamison is a perfect fit for the Dubs.

While he is not the sexiest name on the market, Jamison still has game at the age of 36.

In fact, he averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds this past season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, albeit as the starting power forward.

While Jamison will definitely not start at the 4 for the Warriors, he will be one of the first players off the bench, likely playing 20 to 25 minutes per game.

He also has a familiarity with the area, considering that he did play with Golden State for the first five years of his NBA career. 

Also, Warriors GM Bob Myers was his former agent, adding another familiar aspect to the mix.

Signing Jamison would put Golden State one step closer to reaching the playoffs, while giving him a much better shot at reaching the postseason, than his other rumored destination, the Bobcats.

All in all, adding the former Warrior benefits both sides.