Utah Jazz Need Al Jefferson More Than Ever During Second Half of Season

By Dan Parzych
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At the moment, the Utah Jazz currently hold on to the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference standings with a 24-20 record and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to hang on to one of the final spots for the playoffs when the time comes around in April. Utah is filled with numerous key players, but the argument can be made that no player needs to step his game up more than Al Jefferson.

So far, Jefferson’s numbers have been impressive for the Jazz this season as he’s averaging 17.2 points per game to go along with 9.7 rebounds, but there’s no reason why he can’t pick up the production even more over the second half of the season. Jefferson has the perfect size and strength to be considered one of the top centers in the league and while he’s usually a guarantee for a double-double each game–the argument can be made that his production hasn’t been what it could be over the last couple of weeks.

Earlier in the month, Jefferson had recorded a double-double in six of seven games, but he’s failed to do so in each of his last two contests for the Jazz. With an upcoming game against the Houston Rockets, Monday would be the perfect opportunity for Jefferson to get things back on track from a double-double perspective.

The Western Conference is filled with plenty of talented teams and the Jazz will need all of the help they can get to make a postseason run–so hopefully Jefferson can take his game to a higher level over the second half of the season.

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