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Al Jefferson | Center/Forward

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/4/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 289
College: None
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Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) declined to join Team USA this summer in order to allow his foot to completely heal.
"I was contacted, but I was just trying to focus on getting my foot healed and getting ready for upcoming season," said Jefferson. He has been practicing without pain since early June, so his decision to skip the FIBA World Cup seems almost entirely a precautionary move to limit the wear-and-tear on his body. Charlotte finished 7th in the Eastern Conference last year and they'll look to get a higher seed with Lance Stephenson aboard this season. Jul 27 - 9:55 PM

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Al Jefferson is excited to be playing alongside Lance Stephenson.

"I’m excited about Lance," Jefferson said. "We’re all going to be on the same page as far as defense, and defense dictates the offense. But Lance is a playmaker. That’s the reason he led the NBA in triple-doubles last year. He’s got this nastiness about his game that you want on your team. I was really excited to hear he signed with us and he wanted to do that. I think he’s got a lot to prove, and he wants to show people he can be a great superstar in this league." Stephenson is set to have big year in Charlotte.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 20 - 9:57 AM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford believes that Al Jefferson's presence will help the team lure free agents to Charlotte this summer.

"He’s dramatically changed where we’re at as a franchise from one year to the next," Clifford said about his All-NBA center. "He’s made this a more attractive place for people to come and play. No question about that." Jefferson said that he's already recruiting free agents and owner Michael Jordan may be ready to splurge for key acquisitions to help his team improve upon their 43-39 record from the 2013-14 season, which ended with a first-round loss to the Heat.
Jun 11 - 1:46 PM

Al Jefferson (foot) said he's no longer in pain from his plantar fascia injury.

He was back at practice on Wednesday after missing Game 4 of the first round back on Apr. 28. Jefferson bookended his 2013-14 with an ankle injury to start his season, but he went on a terrific 73-game run during his first season with the Bobcats. He'll be one of the first big men off the board in fantasy leagues next season.
Jun 4 - 8:34 PM

Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) is back to practicing after being shut down during the playoffs.

Jefferson had been on a regimen of rest and riding a stationary bike since the end of April, but was spotted on the practice floor on Tuesday morning. Big Al had a great first season with the Bobcats in averaging 21.8 points, 10.8 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks and should be considered one of the top centers in fantasy going into 2014-15 drafts once he's fully healthy.
Jun 3 - 11:32 AM

The Charlotte Bobcats officially changed their team name back to the Hornets on Friday.

The Bobcats era is over after 10 seasons (2004-2014). Although there is no real significant history to speak of, all the statistics of the Bobcats and the 1998-2002 Hornets will remain with Charlotte. The team also plans to unveil their new jerseys on June 19th.
May 20 - 2:16 PM

Al Jefferson (foot) has been told that he will be fine after resting for two weeks and then riding a stationary bike for two weeks.

Jefferson has plenty of time to get over his plantar fasciitis now that the Bobcats are out of the playoffs, so he shouldn't have any trouble sticking to this timetable over the next month. Jefferson put together a solid campaign in his first season in Charlotte with averages of 21.8 points, 10.8 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.1 blocks. With a full offseason to recover, Jefferson should have no trouble again finishing as a Top 30 fantasy player and could even break his way into the Top 20-25 if he can stay healthy all year.
Apr 29 - 12:37 PM

Al Jefferson (foot) will not play in Game 4 on Monday night vs. the Heat.

He was doubtful since the morning and coach Steve Clifford said his big man would have likely been out 2-3 weeks if it were the regular season. They're down 3-0 due to Jefferson playing at way less than 100 percent and will likely get swept tonight. Jefferson also said earlier today that he doesn't expect to have off-season surgery on his ankle, which was a bigger problem earlier in the season. Bismack Biyombo figures to get the start while Cody Zeller and Anthony Tolliver could get more run.

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson (foot) is doubtful to play in Game 4 on Monday.

"He couldn’t do anything [at shootaround] this morning," Clifford said. If Big Al doesn't suit up it could be a disappointing end to the season for Charlotte, which faces a daunting 0-3 hole in the series and isn't going anywhere with their star player hobbled by a torn plantar fascia. His status isn't likely to be officially determined until just before tip-off.
Apr 28 - 11:51 AM

Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) said the Bobcats may be "trying too much" to feed him the ball in the post despite Miami's aggressive defense.

The Heat have stifled Jefferson and Kemba Walker, and thus far none of their teammates have done enough to compensate offensively. The greater concern for Charlotte is Big Al's availability for Game 4 on Monday. "It’s been one day of pain, the next to recover," Jefferson said about dealing with his torn plantar fascia. "It feels like there are 20 nails in my shoe right now. And I’m feeling every one of them." Although he's likely to suit up, coach Steve Clifford suggested that Jefferson will be a game-time decision.
Apr 28 - 9:53 AM

Coach Steve Clifford said Al Jefferson (foot) will be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 against the Heat.

For the first time all series, there's just one day off between games. So Jefferson's status may be a little murkier than it's previously been. There's also a question if it's worth risking further tears in his fascia now that the Bobcats are down 3-0. We should have some more clues on Jefferson's status after Monday's shootaround. Despite the painful injury, he's averaging 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in the series.
Apr 27 - 12:52 PM

Al Jefferson played through his painful foot injury Saturday and had 20 points, five rebounds and three blocks on 8-of-13 shooting.

He wasn't his old self tonight and the fact he's playing through this kind of pain says something about the man. Unfortunately, the Bobcats are in a deep 0-3 hole and it's all going to be for naught.
Apr 26 - 9:58 PM

Al Jefferson (torn plantar fascia) went through shootaround on Saturday and confirmed that he will play in Game 3.

The big man's effectiveness has been limited due to his injury. He scored 18 points in 40 minutes of action during Game 2 but made just 39.1 percent of his shots, well below his 50.9 percent season average. He's having trouble pivoting towards the basket and his movement has clearly stunted the dominant nature that he showed during the regular season.
Apr 26 - 11:19 AM

Al Jefferson (foot) said on Friday that he wouldn't be playing if it was still the regular season.

He said his foot felt like he was "walking on hot coals" on Thursday, but he did say he's feeling a bit better. Jefferson was hobbling through Game 2 on Wednesday and he's clearly nowhere near 100 percent. Luckily, the Bobcats won't suit up until Saturday, but that's still probably not going to be enough time for Jefferson to get right. They'll try to get one in the win column at home.
Apr 25 - 4:10 PM

Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.
Apr 24 - 1:12 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Brian Roberts
3Jannero Pargo
SG1Lance Stephenson
2Gary Neal
3P.J. Hairston
SF1Gerald Henderson
2Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3Jeff Taylor
PF1Marvin Williams
2Cody Zeller
3Noah Vonleh
4D.J. White
C1Al Jefferson
2Bismack Biyombo