Al Jefferson Injury: Updates on Hornets Star's Recovery from Knee Surgery

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson (25) celebrates a score against the Dallas Mavericks during an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Charlotte Hornets big man Al Jefferson underwent surgery Dec. 31 to repair a meniscus tear. However, he has been cleared to return to the lineup.

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Jefferson Active vs. Bucks

Friday, Feb. 19

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported Jefferson will play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Jefferson's Return Gives Hornets Frontcourt Major Lift

When healthy, he is a double-double threat every time he steps on the court. He averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds a night in his first season with the Hornets in 2013-14 (as a third-team All-NBA member) and followed that up with 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a night last year. Prior to the injury, he was averaging 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in the 2015-16 campaign.

Jefferson is also a solid interior defender who averaged at least a block a game every season since 2006-07, when he was with the Boston Celtics. Opponents shot 1.8 percent worse from inside 10 feet when Jefferson was guarding them last year than their typical averages, per NBA.com.


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