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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward | #7

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 289
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (15) / BOS
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Al Jefferson played 21 minutes on Sunday, posting 16 points on 8-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds and two assists before exiting to an ovation from the home crowd.
The veteran picked up more minutes and touches with Myles Turner in foul trouble, and Kevin Seraphin (knee) was out again, so this doesn't have real long-term implications. Big Al also offered vocal support for the Pacers' young starting center. "I love to play," he said. "But at the end of the day I’d rather see Myles out there killing." Jefferson has played well in two straight games but he's only worth owning in deeper leagues. Nov 27 - 8:43 PM

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Al Jefferson scored 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting with three rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes vs. the Nets on Friday.

Kevin Seraphin (knee) is going to miss at least two more games, but Big Al only saw a few extra minutes Friday due to the blowout. He was averaging just 14.5 minutes per game prior to Friday and his value is limited to deeper leagues as long as Myles Turner is healthy.
Nov 26 - 12:43 AM

Al Jefferson started for the banged up Pacers on Monday and hit 2-of-4 shots for four points, six rebounds, two assists and zero blocks in 21 minutes of a 120-83 blowout loss to the Warriors.

Big Al is old and just doesn't seem capable of fantasy production at this stage of his career. And once Myles Turner, Paul George, C.J. Miles and not Jeff Teague are healthy again, he'll go back to being invisible off the bench instead of invisible in the starting lineup.
Nov 21 - 11:29 PM

Al Jefferson will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Warriors.

While Jefferson will get the start tonight, he might not play much more than 20 minutes as the Warriors small-ball attack is not a good matchup for him, so he's not the best DFS play. Lavoy Allen should see a boost in playing time as well, but he's not really a stat sheet stuffer. With Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) also on the sidelines Monday night, Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis and Thaddeus Young will do the heavy lifting on offense.

Al Jefferson scored 10 points with three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 22 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

He had a big opportunity with Myles Turner in foul trouble, but coach Nate McMillan likely just wants Jefferson around 20 minutes. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Nov 11 - 10:53 PM

Al Jefferson had another nice game on Wednesday with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting in just 20 minutes off Indiana's bench.

This makes two solid outings for Big Al, who added six rebounds and two steals with one turnover. His 20 minutes tonight were also a season high and there's no path to standard-league value while Myles Turner is healthy.
Nov 9 - 10:19 PM

Al Jefferson played a season-high 19 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with five points, seven rebounds and one block.

This was his best chance for a good line with Myles Turner getting into foul trouble. Jefferson will be stuck in the second unit while Turner is active and likely won't play more than 24 minutes in almost any scenario. He's averaged just 12.8 minutes per game in his previous four.
Nov 3 - 11:39 PM

Al Jefferson scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting off the bench vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, adding five rebounds with one turnover in 17 minutes.

Even with Myles Turner (concussion) on the shelf, the Pacers started Kevin Seraphin at center because they are determined to keep Big Al with the second unit. He should have an enormous usage rate off the bench, but his fantasy will be limited because his minutes should be somewhat low -- he only played 23.3 minutes per game for the Hornets last season and was bothered by a knee issue. Let somebody else in your league draft the 31-year-old veteran.
Oct 4 - 11:19 PM

Kemba Walker wanted the Hornets to re-sign new Pacers center Al Jefferson.

"You think about Big Al, who I wish we could have kept. He helped change this franchise around big time from the day he got here," Walker said. Charlotte may regret not doing more at the five with a three-man rotation of Cody Zeller, Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes down low, but this team will go as far as Walker, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can take it.

Al Jefferson said that he didn't talk to any other teams in free agency.

"It was just Pacers," Jefferson said. "At this point in my career I've put myself in a position where I can go where I want to go as far as what's best for me, and for winning. For me, no other team out there [was a better fit]." He played in just 47 games last season due to a strained calf muscle, a five-game suspension for a failed drug test and arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus. However, Jefferson said he's now 100 percent and said he's finally feeling like his old self again. He's expected to come off the bench behind Myles Turner, so he won't have much fantasy value in Indiana.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 10 - 12:52 PM

Al Jefferson has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Pacers will try to play at a faster pace next season, so this is a questionable move. However, Ian Mahinmi and Jordan Hill are both free agents, so maybe the Pacers could bring Big Al off the bench behind Myles Turner to bolster their second-unit scoring. ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the deal could be for $30 million over three years, but we'll have more details shortly.
Jul 1 - 12:29 PM

In stating his desire to return to Charlotte in free agency, Al Jefferson called the Hornets his "best situation."

Jefferson also revealed he'd be okay with continuing to come off the bench if he returns and it gives the Hornets their best chance to win, something the front office has to be happy about hearing. Big Al cited the team's potential ceiling with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) as another reason to be back, but as always, it will come down to dollars and sense. For what it's worth, Jefferson expressed a desire to end his career in Charlotte.
May 2 - 11:08 AM

Steve Clifford said that the Hornets will use the same starting lineup on Monday in Game 5 vs. the Heat.

Nicolas Batum's (foot/ankle) status is still up in the air, but this means that the Hornets are expected to deploy Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson as their starting frontcourt again. Jefferson only played 21 minutes in the starting lineup and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, so he's still not a great fantasy option.
Apr 24 - 1:01 PM

Al Jefferson scored 10 points in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

He didn't really see his production, usage, or minutes change in this game. The move of Jefferson is likely just to put a bigger body in the paint after the Heat beat them up inside in Game 1 and 2 -- Jefferson is not a good defender, of course. He'll likely be hit and miss the rest of the way with a decent floor.
Apr 23 - 8:50 PM

Al Jefferson is starting over Cody Zeller on Saturday against the Heat.

This is all about the Hornets trying to add size to stop the bleeding on the inside on the defensive end. Their offense hasn't been the problem, but losing Nicolas Batum (ankle) is dangerous territory. Jefferson gains some value as a DFS play with this news and the lineup might stick.
Apr 23 - 4:03 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Aaron Brooks
3Joseph Young
SG1Monta Ellis
2Rodney Stuckey
SF1Paul George
2C.J. Miles
3Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Lavoy Allen
3Georges Niang
4Rakeem Christmas
C1Myles Turner
2Al Jefferson
3Kevin Seraphin