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Al Jefferson is an intriguing player to watch this summer, as the big man is more than likely on his way out of Utah. The Jazz simply have too many young, promising PFs and Cs on the roster to have this veteran keep soaking up major minutes.
The market for Big Al could be boom or bust, as his style of play and impact on a team is quite specialized.
He’s an extremely talented scorer that commands an instant double-team every time he touches the ball in the low post. Jefferson is growing as a passer and is becoming more willing to find open teammates after drawing the defense in, while being able to score at will when left in one-on-one situations.
However, he’s one of the worst defenders in the league and gives up buckets left and right to the opposition. He is often in the wrong place and doesn’t seem to have the footwork or ability to grasp the concept of defense at an NBA level.
Jefferson is the definition of a double-edged sword, but we predict quite a few franchises will be willing to overlook his deficiencies in order to get a productive low-post scorer.
Washington should be willing to get in the mix, as the Wizards need to compliment their emerging backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal and eventually replace Emeka Okafor down in the paint.
Remember, Jefferson is only 28 years old and is still in his prime, so his presence could make the Wizards a playoff-bound team for the duration of his next contract.
Prediction: Washington Wizards