A huge reason many fans in Charlotte are excited about this season is because of the signing of Al Jefferson. Charlotte locked up the Mississippi native to a 3 year-41 million-dollar deal. Jefferson brings something that Charlotte basketball fans have been thirsting for since the days of Alonzo Mourning and that’s an efficient, respectable and even sometimes dominant low post scorer. Last season Big Al averaged just under 18-points and 10-boards with the Jazz while earning a 20.99 player efficiency rating, which is pretty good.
The Jefferson signing has changed the way teams have to play the Bobcats because now they have a premier low post player in Jefferson and it will create space for Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Gerald Henderson and the rest of the team.
Another key aspect of Jefferson's game is his rebounding, he averaged 9.2 rebounds per-game last season. The Bobcats ranked 27th last year in the rebounding department so the addition of Jefferson along with Cody Zeller will certainly help Charlotte in an area they struggled heavily in last year. Another thing people will overlook about Jefferson is that he was ranked ninth in the entire NBA last season with 37 double-doubles. Adding a guy of his caliber to a team with some pieces like the Bobcats makes Charlotte a much improved and respectable squad. All he has to do now is iron out his defensive abilities.
At media day I had a chance to sit down and talk to the newly acquired big man about working with Patrick Ewing, the young players on the roster and the city of Charlotte.