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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward | #25

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 289
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (15) / BOS
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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

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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

Al Jefferson came to play in Game 2, making 12-of-17 shots to finish with 25 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal in just 27 minutes off the bench.

Jefferson's full array of post moves was on display tonight and he scored 16 points in the second quarter alone, helping to keep Charlotte close despite red-hot shooting from the Heat. His offense won't mean much if the Hornets don't tighten up defensively for Saturday's game in Time Warner Cable Arena, where they went 30-11 during the regular season.
Apr 20 - 9:55 PM

Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson will again come off the bench for Wednesday's Game 2 in Miami.

"Here’s the thing: everyone keeps asking me about playing Al more," Clifford said. "Our offense was really good. If you look at 91 points you’re totally missing what happened [during Game 1]. It was a low-possession game. We were 1.07 points per possession. That’d be like third-best in the league. It’s not just OK; it’s really good." Clifford added that the Hornets need to do a much better on the defensive end, which is why he'll again be starting Cody Zeller at the five over Jefferson.
Apr 20 - 1:13 PM

Al Jefferson had a quiet Game 1 with 13 points (4-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), five rebounds and one block in 23 minutes off the bench.

Hassan Whiteside and Amare Stoudemire both played him well defensively and Big Al's teammates struggled to get him the ball in position to score, resulting in a sub-par game for the Hornets' highest-paid player. Charlotte needs him to produce to even the series on Wednesday, but coach Steve Clifford shot down the notion that he'll overtake Cody Zeller (nine points, seven boards in 20 minutes) for the starting job.
Apr 17 - 8:23 PM

Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson will remain in a reserve role for Game 1 against the Heat on Sunday.

Clifford did say that he had considered inserting Jefferson into the starting five to better matchup with Hassan Whiteside, but ultimately he decided to stick with Cody Zeller at the five-spot. Jefferson could see some extended minutes now that we're in the postseason, but he's still not much more than a low-end big in fantasy hoops.
Apr 17 - 4:19 PM

Al Jefferson returned to Charlotte's bench on Wednesday and racked up a game-high 26 points on 11-of-15 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs, with four rebounds, two assists and one block in just 23 minutes.

Orlando's reserves had no answers for him tonight, particularly at the rim where he shot a perfect 6-of-6. Big Al has been nothing but professional about Steve Clifford's decision to bring him off the bench, and it looks like he'll maintain a reserve role throughout the postseason.
Apr 13 - 11:24 PM

Al Jefferson will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Magic, with Cody Zeller (sternum) back in the starting five.

Jefferson hasn't been great off the bench this season, so he can't be considered a viable DFS target with the demotion to the second unit.
Apr 13 - 7:27 PM

Al Jefferson scored 16 points in a start against the Celtics on Monday with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

He was terrific against the team that drafted him back in 2004. Cody Zeller (chest) did not play in this game, so Jefferson made his first start since December. Considering how well the Hornets played, maybe they mix it up in the postseason.
Apr 11 - 10:38 PM

Al Jefferson will start on Monday vs. the Celtics.

Cody Zeller (sternum) will not be able to play, so Jefferson's minutes will hopefully get a slight bump in the first unit. As a starter this season, Big Al has averages of 13.7 points, 6.4 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals. Frank Kaminsky and Spencer Hawes could see a few more minutes as well.
Apr 11 - 6:08 PM

Al Jefferson torched the Knicks' frontcourt on Wednesday for 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Big Al did his damage in 29 minutes and it's a welcome sight after his five-point dud on Tuesday. He's alternated single- and double-digit scoring in his past eight games, but that inconsistent pattern should end in a delectable matchup vs. the short-handed Nets on Friday.
Apr 6 - 11:11 PM

Al Jefferson (quad) returned from a one-game stint on the sidelines Tuesday and produced five points on 2-of-9 shooting to go with 11 rebounds and four assists over 20 minutes of play.

Jefferson has not looked like a guy that's playing for a contract this season, and he hasn't even been worth owning in standard leagues since the break, owning forgettable averages of 10.5 points, 6.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 0.8 swats during that 23 game span. As a reserve for Charlotte, Jefferson is little more than a low-end big to own in deep leagues.
Apr 5 - 11:20 PM

Al Jefferson (quad) will play on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

He missed Sunday's game, but he's simply dealing with a contusion and should see his normal workload off the bench. Cody Zeller is playing well as the starting center, so Big Al is just a low-end big in standard leagues.
Apr 5 - 6:07 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Jorge Gutierrez
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Courtney Lee
3Marco Belinelli
4Troy Daniels
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Tyler Hansbrough
C1Cody Zeller
2Al Jefferson
3Spencer Hawes