Richard Jefferson will be entering into his first full season with the Golden State Warriors after being acquired in a trade from the San Antonio Spurs in March. At the age of 32 he is the oldest player on the roster and will offer valuable leadership coming off the bench.
In 22 games including three starts with the Warriors he averaged 9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists on 42 percent shooting, 41.8 percent from three and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. For his career he has averaged 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, on 46.7 percent shooting, 37.3 percent from the three-point line and 77.5 percent on free throws.
Besides leadership he also possesses a good mid-range jumper, can hit from beyond the arc, a decent driver and provides strong defense.
He is behind Brandon Rush and Harrison Barnes at the small forward position, yet depending on who gets the starting small forward spot in the lineup one of them will get the opportunity as the primary backup to starting shooting guard Klay Thompson, which means Jefferson will get minutes.
It is not likely he will receive 26.4 minutes per game, which is what he averaged after being acquired. He is more likely to get 15-18 minutes per game.
With Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry, Andris Biedrins, Jefferson and either Rush or Barnes the bench is one of the strengths of the team for the first time since 2007-2008 when Kelenna Azubuike, Mickael Pietrus and Matt Barnes came off the bench.
For Jefferson expect 7-8 points, 4-5, rebounds, 2-3 assists, on 45-48 percent shooting, 40-42 percent from the three-point line and 75-78 percent from the free throw line in the 15-18 minutes of action.
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