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Antawn Jamison’s hiring as Wizards’ director of pro personnel not a surprise to Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood

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Older basketball players will recognize Antawn Jamison as one of the NBA’s most exciting scorers during the 2000’s. It’s been five years since he pulled the curtains on his playing career, but his latest job places him in a closer position with the game. The Washington Wizards tapped Jamison to be the director of pro personnel. He will be working with a team that has nothing but Bradley Beal and an injured John Wall. Former teammates Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler weren’t surprised with the announcement, per the Washington Post report:

“You don’t see any highlights from UNC of Antawn hitting jumpers,” said Haywood, who was a freshman at North Carolina during Jamison’s junior and final season and would later reunite with him in Washington. “But by the time he came back from his rookie year and played summer pickup ball, he was killing all of us because he had put in so much and now he was hitting jump shots that we never knew were even possible or [were] even in his repertoire. But that’s the same thing you’re going to see with him in the front office. He’s willing to put the work in to be great.”

“Antawn was a hell of a player. Easily, maybe a hall of fame basketball player but he’s even a better person,” said Caron Butler, Jamison’s former Wizards teammate who was recently named one of the team’s television analysts. “He adapts to situations. I think that because he’s able to adapt to any and every situation, he’s going to continue to keep evolving.”

Jamison had a successful playing career. He suited up for six NBA teams in 27 years. He got superb averages of 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 steals a game.