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Obstacle: Fewer Minutes
In his 14-year NBA career, Antawn Jamison has averaged under 30 minutes per game only twice in his career. In his rookie season (1998-99) he averaged 22.5 minutes per game, and in his sixth season he averaged 29 minutes per game. He's started 858 games out of 985 games in his career.
Signing with the Lakers this offseason, Jamison had to realize that he won't likely see close to 30 minutes per game unless injuries decimate the Lakers' bigs. In the case that Dwight Howard isn't ready to start the season, Jamison is a candidate to start. Whether he starts or not, Jamison will see increased minutes with Howard out.
However, when Howard comes back, Jamison's minutes will drop. The key for Jamison is to adapt to coming off the bench and making an impact in a shortened playing stint. Instead of being on the court and having the ability to impact a game throughout, Jamison will need to do so in bursts.
The Lakers' bench was notable poor last season and Jamison should be a valuable asset. If he can adapt to coming off the bench and providing an instant offensive spark, Jamison will have a solid role night in and night out.
Another obstacle is that, being a bench player, Jamison's minutes will fluctuate depending on the game, schedule and opponent. Staying at a consistent level throughout the season, despite fewer minutes and uncertainty, will be key for Jamison.