Jefferson saw just 23 minutes of action in Monday's overtime win over the Kings, finishing with 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal. Despite only committing one foul on the night, Jefferson barely saw the floor in the final quarter and in overtime, as coach Steve Clifford decided to go with Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller as his two post men during crunch time. At a burly 6-foot-10 and 289 pounds, Jefferson's body type isn't well suited to assuming big playing time, and Clifford seems to be cognizant of that fact, as the center is averaging 27.1 minutes per game this season -- his lowest total since 2005-06. The three-minute drop in playing time compared to a season ago has resulted in a diminished stat line, with Jefferson's averages of 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds also at their lowest levels since 2005-06. He should get more than 23 minutes most nights, but it looks like the 30-year-old's role is only likely to deteriorate from here forth, especially as the prized rookie Kaminsky gets more acclimated to the NBA game.
Jefferson contributed 26 points (11-19 FG, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and five blocks in 31 minutes during the Hornets' 113-88 win versus the 76ers on Friday. His throwback performance came against the lowly 76ers, but Jefferson was smooth as silk in the post on Friday, giving 76ers' rookie Jahlil Okafor a free clinic on offensive footwork. Jefferson may be highly unlikely to post career-best numbers in 2015-16, but the front office's focus on improving the team's shooting during the off-season should allow him more space to operate down low than in recent years.
Jefferson scored 29 points (13-17 FG, 3-4 FT) with five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes during Sunday's win over the Trail Blazers. After scoring just 19 points in his previous three games combined, Jefferson abused a weak Portland frontcourt to snap out of his mini-slump. He's had an overall disappointing start to the season but there's been no indication he's playing through an injury, so if you have shares in Jefferson you'll just need to be patient and hope Sunday's performance was the beginning of a breakout.
Jefferson posted four points (2-10 FG), five rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes of action Wednesday against the Knicks. Jefferson struggled on both ends of the court Wednesday and put up a rather forgettable performance. He's able to contribute in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks, but Wednesday was just one of those days. Owners can hope he bounces back sooner than later.
Jefferson posted 31 points (15-18 FG, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, an assist, and a block over 27 minutes in Thursday's 108-94 victory over the Mavs. Big Al exploded for his best scoring output in almost a full year, and posted an eye-popping 83 percent field goal percentage in the process. The fact that the stellar performance came in just 27 minutes of floor time makes it all the more amazing, but the reality is that Jefferson is more likely to produce scoring in the teens with some solid rebounding on the majority of nights. Still, the occasional outlier performance such as Thursday's is certainly welcome by both the Hornets and fantasy owners.
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