Analysis: Reading New Center Al Jefferson's Moves Crucial for Bobcats

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Analysis: Reading New Center Al Jefferson's Moves Crucial for Bobcats
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ASHEVILLE One of the basics of NBA basketball is finding a scorer who forces the opposition to make tough choices, and Al Jefferson needs to be that guy for the Charlotte Bobcats. So how do they exploit him? Jefferson is an old-school, low-post scorer. It's telling that new coach Steve Clifford said Jefferson “instantly” becomes this team's best offensive option. That says something about Jefferson's ability – he's averaged 16.4 points and nine rebounds over a nine-season NBA career – and perhaps more about how easy it's been to guard the Bobcats over their first decade.

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