The median age of Los Angeles has just gotten a little older with the recent additions their basketball teams have made.
The Lakers added veteran Antawn Jamison who averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds on a rebuilding Cavs team last season. Jamison who’s familiar with coach Mike Brown should fit in nicely along-side whatever big man ends up in Hollywood. Considering Jamison at this stage of his career is primarily a perimeter player will allow Bynum or Howard the necessary space on the block to do their work. Even playing him with Pau Gasol will prove fruitful as Gasol is more comfortable playing from the free throw line down, as oppose to stretching out closer to the three point line. The only downside from this signing I can see is, this makes an already aged Laker squad older. One of the issues they had last year against a year was getting up and down in transition and defending the pick and roll. Jamison who has never been lauded as the best defender doesn’t seem to help the Lakers in those two areas. However, coach Browns’ specialty is defense, so let’s see what scheme he puts together.
The Clippers signed Grant Hill to a two year deal. Hill has had a great renaissance to the second half of his career after injuries hampered him during his prime years. However, during his last 5 seasons he’s averaged 12 points and 4 rebounds while consistently shooting above 44% from the field. While many will credit his health to Phoenixs’ great medical staff and consistent offensive production to 2 time MVP Steve Nash feeding him the ball. Hill has resurrected his career due to hard work and a pinch of luck with staying injured, to credit those two factors as the sole reason Hill has played as well as he has would be short sighted. Hill should fit in well with pass first point guard Chris Paul, and his production shouldn’t look too different numbers wise.
While both of these moves aren’t earth shattering additions, they could be the small puzzle pieces that give a big picture context and character. We all know superstars win championships, but you need role players to help win games. And that’s exactly what Jamison and Hill will be expected to do, play a particular role in both teams quest for an NBA title.