By Matt Rochinski
February 3, 2014
So what’s been the key for the Cats? The answer is simple – Al Jefferson.
Despite being snubbed for an All-Star selection, “Big Al” flat out dominated the league to start 2014.
Thanks to the research of Bobcats Director of Communications Josh Rosen, it has to be noted that through 16 games in January, Jefferson averaged 23.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.00 block in 35.6 minutes while shooting 53.7 percent (169-for-315) from the field and 71.0 percent (44-for-62) from the free-throw line. He posted 14 double-figure scoring games, 12 20+points games and five 30+ point games in that stretch.
This marked easily the best fantasy month of any Cats player in their 10-year history.
Don’t believe it? The stats bear it out. Check out the franchise-record streaks Jefferson set this past month:
Big Al capped it all off with a career-high-tying 40 points to go with 18 rebounds on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles as the Cats beat the Lakers, 110-100. He set a franchise record with 18 made field goals while posting the first 40-15 game in franchise history and second 30-15 game of the season, equaling the TOTAL number in franchise history prior to this season. It also marked the second 40-15 game in the NBA this season (Kevin Love, 45/19 on Dec. 22 vs. Clippers) and was Jefferson’s third straight 30-10 game, making him just the second player in NBA this season to do so (Kevin Durant, Dec 27-31).
So what does all this mean? It means that Jefferson is on his way to putting up the most dominating fantasy season of any Cats player in franchise history. It also means that in a season when players like Durant are averaging 31.1 points or others like Love (25.5 points, 13.1 rebounds), LaMarcus Aldridge (24.3 points, 11.6 rebounds), DeMarcus Cousins (22.6 points, 11.7 rebounds) and Anthony Davis (20.4 points, 10.5 rebounds) are averaging 20+points and 10+rebounds, you might actually be able to get Jefferson’s 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds on the cheap compared to some of these other players. Big Al looks healthy and confident consistently for the first time this season, and with the anticipated return of Walker soon, could be on his way to a career year with the Cats. See if you can get your hands on him now.