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Jamison a starter? not so fast

By Jonas Fortune Published: February 18, 2010

Don't expect Antawn Jamison to step right into the Cavaliers starting lineup.
Cavaliers coach Mike Brown isn't even sure yet.
The Cavs are currently 40-8 since current starter JJ Hickson stepped into the starting lineup.  Hickson, a second-year player, has shown some growth since taking over.
He is averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds and has worn teams out who decide to double team center Shaquille O'Neal.
Yet Hickson has still struggled to develop a perimeter game, which is where Jamison excels.
"a stretch 4,'' Brown said of Jamison. "A guy who can shoot the 3-point shot very well, a guy who has to be guarded; create off the dribble and get to the free throw line, he has mastered the medium game, he doesn't have to get to the rim. (He can) finish from 10-12 feet instead of getting to the rim. the way he rebounds is exciting."
So who does Brown choose?
Jamison, who is averaging 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds this season and is a two-time all-star? or the up-and-coming Hickson?
"I don't know yet,'' Brown said. "A lot of times you kind of just go off gut feel. For a little bit I was like, 'Let's start (Jamison).' After about five hours of feeling that way, I don't know if I'm going to. Then I thought about it again."

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