It was a great first season in Charlotte for Al Jefferson, also known as “Big Al.”
The Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) were able to make the playoffs, only to get swept by LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Nonetheless, it was a successful season, not only for the Bobcats, but for Al Jefferson as well.
Big Al averaged 21.8 points, and 10.8 rebounds per game last season, along with 1 block per game. Jefferson also won the NBA Eastern Conference player of the month award for March and April. Considering LeBron James plays in the Eastern Conference, that is not an easy award to get. In the month of March, Jefferson averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds a game, while shooting 55% from the floor.
Al Jefferson also tied his career-high for points in a game when he scored 40 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 31, 2014. Not only did he score 40 points in that game, he also finished with 18 rebounds.
Another notable game of Big Al’s was against the Miami Heat on March 3rd. In this game, Jefferson had 38 points and 19 rebounds, but that wasn’t even good enough for player of the game that night. This was the game when LeBron James scored 61 points on Charlotte, not a great night for Bobcats fans.
In the playoff series against the Miami Heat, Al Jefferson suffered a plantar fasciitis injury (foot) during Game 1, but tried to play through it. He later missed Game 4 of the series, the game when the Bobcats were eliminated.
On Tuesday, Al Jefferson returned to the practice court, which has now been transformed into the Hornets practice court, no longer the Bobcats.
Big Al back on the practice court. pic.twitter.com/nYLMYDXgtk
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 3, 2014