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Layups: Jamison Joins Ignominious Club

Posted by Neil Paine on February 20, 2010

In his first game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, things could not have gone much worse for Antawn Jamison -- the former Wizards F went 0-for-12 from the field in his Cavs debut, scoring just 2 points in 26 minutes off the bench. With the donut he produced from the floor, he also added his name to this group of embarrassing performances since 1987:

Player Pos Date Tm Opp MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST TOV PTS
Tim Hardaway G 12/27/1991 GSW MIN W 44 0 17 0 2 2 2 0 3 13 4 2
Rodney McCray F 11/9/1988 SAC UTA L 34 0 15 0 0 4 4 2 8 8 2 4
Dino Radja F 12/26/1993 BOS SAS L 18 0 14 0 0 0 2 4 10 0 1 0
Vince Carter G 12/12/2008 NJN TOR L 29 0 13 0 2 3 4 3 4 3 3 3
David Wesley G 4/12/2001 CHH NJN W 28 0 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
Ron Artest F 12/18/1999 CHI ORL L 41 0 13 0 4 7 8 3 9 4 1 7
Tom Gugliotta F 3/13/1996 MIN NYK L 33 0 13 0 2 0 0 3 8 2 4 0
Vernon Maxwell G 12/14/1990 HOU WSB L 24 0 13 0 6 2 2 0 1 3 3 2
Gerald Wilkins G 1/7/1990 NYK LAC W 22 0 13 0 2 3 4 1 1 1 1 3
Derek Anderson G 12/26/2001 POR SAC L 27 0 12 0 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
Rafer Alston G 1/7/2005 TOR MIL L 33 0 12 0 6 5 6 1 2 8 0 5
Gilbert Arenas G 1/17/2005 WAS SAS L 34 0 12 0 4 3 4 1 2 2 2 3
Zach Randolph F 2/1/2005 POR LAL L 29 0 12 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0
Austin Croshere F 4/15/2005 IND PHI L 25 0 12 0 4 5 5 6 15 1 0 5
Antawn Jamison F 2/19/2010 CLE CHA L 26 0 12 0 4 2 2 0 7 1 0 2

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10 Responses to “Layups: Jamison Joins Ignominious Club”

  1. nick Says:

    wow those are some terrible stats. at least hardaway had 13 assists

  2. MCT Says:

    According to ESPN, Jamison's 0-for-12 is the worst 0-for from the field in NBA history by a player appearing in his first game with a team. The previous record was 0-for-10 by Kevin McKenna in his first game with the Pacers in 1983 and Corie Blount in his first game with the Warriors in 2001. Sidney Green also went 0-for-9 in his first game with the Spurs in 1990.

  3. MCT Says:

    One more historical note: according to the 2009-10 NBA Guide, Hardaway's 0-for-17 isn't just the biggest 0-for from the field since 1987, it's the biggest in the entire history of the NBA.

    The Guide lists all games with 14 of more field goal attempts and none made. There has never been an 0-for-16 game, but 0-for-15 and 0-for-14 have each happened nine times. Most of these occured in the '40s, '50s and '60s, though, which makes sense if you think about it (shooting percentages were extremely low in the early days of the NBA; the period after the introduction of the shot clock, in the late '50s and early '60s, had an extremely fast pace with far more FGAs than today).

    Aside from Rodney McCray in 1988, the only 0-for-15 games since 1960 were by Ray Williams in 1981 and Bob Love in 1976. Among the earlier occurences, 1940s BAA player Howie Dallmar managed to do this twice. Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey had an 0-for-15 game for the Celtics in 1960.

    Aside from Dino Radja in 1993, the only 0-for-14 game since 1969 was by Junior Bridgeman in a double-overtime game in 1984. Earlier players who had 0-for-14 games include Bailey Howell (for the Pistons in 1963) and Bill Russell (for the Celtics in 1965).

  4. Jeremy Says:

    Dino Radja, Tim Hardaway, and Austin Croshere each got double digits in another stat.
    Radja, Tom Gugliotta, Derek Anderson and Zach Randolph didn't score at all.
    And Vince Carter's 0-for was against his former team, the Raptors.

  5. JoeHova Says:

    Rafer Alston's and David Wesley's 0-for games also came against their original NBA teams.

  6. MCT Says:

    I just realized that in post #3, I had neglected to look up the playoffs (everything in that post is regular season only). The playoff record is 0-for-14, which has happened twice: once in the early BAA, once by Dennis Johnson in the 1978 NBA Finals.

  7. mrparker Says:

    Wouldn't mine seeing a post on the worst games game score wise

  8. nick Says:

    Well one that sticks to mind was the 96-54 thrashing the Bulls gave the Jazz in game 3 of the 1998 finals. I believe it was the lowest point total by one team in the finals and the lowest point total by one team since the inception of the 24 second shot clock. Don't remember what the actual team stats were though.

    Here's another terrible performance by a team: http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200111080MIN.html

  9. MCT Says:

    This game had the biggest margin of victory in NBA history (68 points):

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199112170CLE.html

    This game had the second-biggest margin of victory in NBA history (65 points), and is notable in that the winning team's point total was more than double the losing team's:

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199802270IND.html

    Here's another game with a 60+ point margin of victory (it was the second game of the 1991-92 season for both teams):

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199111020GSW.html

    Before the era of box score coverage on this site, there were two earlier games with 60+ point margins of victory. On March 19, 1972, the Lakers beat the Warriors, 162-99; and on Christmas Day, 1960, the Syracuse Nationals beat the Knicks 162-100.

  10. Brian Says:

    Go figure Austin Croshere. He pulls down six offensive rebounds and can't put ONE back for a basket from two feet away? He's got the talent to grab fifteen rebounds (impressive) but can't make ONE shot? What an anomaly

    At least he was contributing. What about Zack Randolph? He was doing absolutely nothing out there. Three rebounds! Did Portland only dress four players for the game? Why would a coach leave Randolph on the floor long enough for him to miss twelve shots