Los Angeles Lakers: Was Antawn Jamison a Better Fit Than Grant Hill?

As news broke last night that the Los Angeles Lakers were set to sign forward Antawn Jamison to a contract, many fans were reminded that Jamison, in fact, still plays in the NBA.

For others, however, the debate began to rage as to whether Jamison was actually a better fit for the Lakers than another veteran forward they were pursuing: Grant Hill. With the signing of Jamison all but completed, news broke this morning that Hill was also headed to Staples Center—only he'll be wearing a Clippers jersey.

With both veterans headed to Los Angeles, the question for Lakers fans becomes: did the Lakers pick the right one?

In short, the answer is yes.

While filled with numerous needs off the bench, among the most glaring holes is the need for a forward who can score. The other notable need in Lakerland is for a defensive stopper. However, neither Hill nor Jamison fits that bill.

So desperately in need of some inexpensive scoring, Jamison needed to be the top guy on GM Mitch Kupchak's list.

Jamison averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds a game last season while toiling away in Cleveland. Although his field goal percentage dipped to an all-time low of 40.3 percent, his career average is 45.1 percent.

For the Lakers, the scoring will be greatly welcomed.

While Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum all have no trouble scoring, the Lakers' second unit struggled mightily last season trying to score. The scoring was typically left to players like Matt Barnes, Metta World Peace and rookie Andrew Goudelock, all of whom were well out of their element.

With Jamison, the Lakers know exactly what they're getting. As a sixth-man, Jamison will come in off the bench and get easy baskets for the team while most of the stars are catching their breath. He isn't going to shut anyone down defensively, but his rebounding abilities will help extend the Lakers' height adva...

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