Jeff Taylor's Rookie Season Gives Charlotte Bobcats Future Hope

By John Raffel
Curtis Wilson-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff  Taylor‘s rookie season has ended for the Charlotte Bobcats and it would seem that he definitely deserves another look for next season, if not with the Bobcats, then some other team that might put him to better use.

Taylor took an obvious backseat to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist when it came to rookies on the Bobcat roster. It’s not easy for an unheralded rookie who gets limited playing time to have a decent season.

He finished the season at 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds a game, seeing action in 77 games and started 29 — not bad for a rookie. Although, it does say something that the Bobcats struggled so much they had no choice but to start rookies. He averaged almost 20 minutes a game with a sound 43.1 percent shooting accuracy.

Taylor actually played a key role for the Bobcats, and certainly enough for him to warrant a closer look for next season.

Charlotte’s season ended Wednesday with a 105-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Taylor was on the floor for 24 minutes and shot 3-of-6 from the floor for only six points. But, he had three assists and one steal, plus five rebounds.

Two days before that, in a 106-95 win over the New York Knicks, Taylor was 5-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-3 in 3-pointers for 12 points, plus nabbing three steals. In his last three games, with 55 minutes of work, Taylor did not make a single turnover. That’s another reason why Bobcat coaches need to seriously take a closer look at him.

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