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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward | #7

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 289
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (15) / BOS
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X-rays were negative on Al Jefferson's sprained left ankle, and he was in good spirits after Sunday's game.
"Everything seemed normal so it's just an ankle sprain," Jefferson said. He was in a great deal of pain after the injury and left the court in a wheelchair, however, and the veteran center could easily miss extended time here. If he does get some DNPs, that would open up a few extra minutes for Lavoy Allen, Kevin Seraphin and Rakeem Christmas. Mar 26 - 9:23 PM

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Al Jefferson won't return after spraining his left ankle during Sunday's game vs. the 76ers, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes.

X-rays were negative but Jefferson appeared to be in considerable pain, as he was screaming in agony after the injury. The team brought out a wheelchair to take him back to the locker room. It's uncertain how much time he'll need before he returns, but his absence could be a big blow to the depth of the Pacers down the stretch. Rakeem Christmas and Kevin Seraphin figure to pick up the scraps if Jefferson is forced to the shelf.
Mar 26 - 8:01 PM

Al Jefferson jacked up nine shots in just 11 minutes off the bench Monday against the Jazz, hitting five field goals to end up with 10 points.

Jefferson certainly made the most of his small amount of playing time, and for that his remaining fantasy owners in deeper leagues thank him. Perhaps this decent showing will get him more intertwined in the team's rotation, as he has been limited to fighting for scraps lately behind the likes of Rakeem Christmas and Kevin Seraphin. It was Seraphin who didn't leave the bench in this one because Jefferson was so hot.
Mar 20 - 10:36 PM

Al Jefferson (dental procedure) was available to play on Wednesday but he didn't leave the Pacers' bench.

Big Al missed three games due to pain and swelling following some dental work, but despite being active tonight he was buried in the rotation. Lavoy Allen, Rakeem Christmas and Kevin Seraphin are all stifling whatever deep-league value Jefferson might have if he returned to the rotation.
Mar 2 - 1:22 AM

Al Jefferson (dental work) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

Available to play doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be out there, but if he is able to play, he'll take away some minutes from Lavoy Allen. Jefferson is well past his days of being relevant in standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 7:12 PM

Al Jefferson (dental work) and Rakeem Christmas (heel) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

Jefferson has missed the past three games after having an emergency root canal last week, and Christmas was the guy that was picking up most of his minutes, so if both those guys are out tonight, expect to see Thaddeus Young flirt with minutes in the 30s and Lavoy Allen to also see a boost in minutes.

Al Jefferson (dental pain) will not play on Monday vs. the Rockets.

While the team listed him as questionable, coach Nate McMillan called Big Al doubtful at the morning shootaround. He's still dealing with a lot of pain after an emergency root canal last week and this will be his third game on the shelf. Rakeem Christmas will likely pick up minutes in the teens Monday night.
Feb 27 - 7:57 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Big Al is still not feeling well after an emergency root canal last week. McMillan called Jefferson doubtful, while the team is listing him as questionable. If Big Al misses his third straight game, Rakeem Christmas will be looking at minutes in the teens off the bench.
Feb 27 - 1:20 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

Jefferson missed his second game in a row on Saturday vs. the Heat, but he did travel with the team and is nearing a return. "He came into [Friday’s] shootaround OK and came back for the game with a swollen mouth," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said on Saturday. "He wasn’t feeling good today and we decided to leave him at the hotel." If Big Al misses another game, Rakeem Christmas will be looking at minutes in the teens off the bench.
Feb 26 - 9:55 AM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is out for Saturday against the Heat.

He had a procedure earlier this week and will miss his second straight game. Rakeem Christmas was the backup five and actually played well, so maybe he can get 15 minutes behind Myles Turner. Christmas isn't an add almost anywhere, of course.
Feb 25 - 6:44 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is listed as questionable Saturday vs. Miami.

Jefferson missed Friday night's game due to the same issue. Surprisingly, it was Rakeem Christmas, not Kevin Seraphin, who soaked up Jefferson's minutes off the Pacers bench. Christmas scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot in 14 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday. It will be interesting to see if Christmas gets the call again on Saturday if Big Al is unable to suit up.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 2:17 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies.

Hopefully this is just a one-day thing for Jefferson, who was not on the injury report just an hour ago. With the Pacers getting their power forwards back, Kevin Seraphin should slide over the backup five spot behind Myles Turner against the bigger Memphis front line. Turner also get a slight bump, too.
Feb 24 - 5:37 PM

Al Jefferson played only three minutes off the Pacers' bench vs. Cleveland on Wednesday.

Big Al made his only two shots to finish with five points and three rebounds, but he was the victim of a poor matchup. The Cavs brought Channing Frye off the bench as their backup center, and coach Nate McMillan didn't want Jefferson trying to defend the perimeter. There's nothing to see here for fantasy purposes.
Feb 8 - 10:14 PM

Al Jefferson matched his season high with 20 points vs. the Lakers on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 17 minutes.

He had 20 points in 17 minutes in his previous game as well, but you simply can't trust him because he's only picking up the scraps behind starting center Myles Turner right now. Big Al hit 7-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, so at least we know he still has some gas left in the tank in case Turner ever picks up a knock.
Jan 21 - 1:39 AM

Al Jefferson scored a season-high 20 points with three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 17 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

He was huge in the second half to help get the win. Jefferson said coach Nate McMillan challenged the Pacers' manhood at half. Jefferson is playing better with a 10-point game on Monday, but he's not really a pickup in most leagues.
Jan 19 - 1:55 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Aaron Brooks
3Joseph Young
SG1C.J. Miles
2Monta Ellis
3Rodney Stuckey
SF1Paul George
2Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Lavoy Allen
3Georges Niang
4Rakeem Christmas
C1Myles Turner
2Al Jefferson
3Kevin Seraphin