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Big Al has a lot to offer at the 5-spot.
Al Jefferson is struggling so far this season, which is not a good sign in a contract year.
Through seven games, Jefferson is averaging just 14 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game. He's shooting nearly six percent below his career field goal average of 50 percent, and the Jazz are 3-4, which puts them on pace to have a similar record to last year.
Jefferson had knee problems earlier in his career, but since 2009-10, he's remained healthy and has missed only 11 games. He played all 82 games in the 2010-11 season, so any concerns about the 28-year-old's knees are beginning to fade into the past.
Jefferson has only been to the playoffs twice in his eight year NBA career, and will likely seek to leave Utah to play for a contender.
Jefferson wants to taste success, and he has the talent to help bring it to a team that may be on the brink of contention. He's not quite a franchise player, but he isn't far off, and it's a bit surprising Jefferson has never made an All-Star team in light of the fact he has averaged 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in the same season twice in his career.
Could Jefferson be an All-Star in new surroundings?