Veteran Los Angeles Clippers forward Antawn Jamison scored his 20,000th NBA point against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, joining an elite group of players that are either in the Hall of Fame or a shoe-in to get there.
Jamison got to the milestone by making a three-pointer in the second quarter.
In doing so, Jamison became one of just 20 players in league history with at least 20,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. Aside from Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki (active), as well as Shaquille O’Neal (yet to be enshrined), every player to reach that impressive plateau is in the Hall of Fame, according to ESPN’s Arash Markazi.
The other players on that list are: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Havlicek, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Robert Parish, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, Walt Bellamy, Bob Pettit and David Robinson, according to Basketball Reference.
As a two-time NBA All-Star (2005, 2008) and winner of the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award (2004), Jamison is far from a lock for the Hall of Fame. In fact, he's closer to a long shot, but this added credential provides him with a case.
During his All-Star season with the Washington Wizards in 2007-08, Jamison averaged 21.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
He has played for the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers over the course of a 16-year career.
Father: "Did I ever tell you about Antawn Jamison?" Son: "He's still in the NBA, Dad." AJ bucket puts Clippers up on Philly 33-21— Dime Update (@DimeUpdate) December 10, 2013
Jamison—who was averaging 4.9 points and 3.9 rebounds entering the night—is no longer the player he once was, but he's put together a very impressive career.