Charlotte Bobcats Should Put Jeff Taylor in Starting Lineup Next Season

By John Raffel
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Taylor deserves a shot as starter for the Charlotte Bobcats next NBA season.

That might be for his new head coach to decide but he’d be foolish not to give Taylor a shot.

As a rookie, Taylor performed admirably in the limited number of minutes he relieved. It was wise for former coach Mike Dunlap not to use him too in a situation the Bobcats were faced with. Giving a rookie too much playing time can destroy him if he had too many bad moments. Taylor was able to get a good taste in his mouth for the Bobcats.

It’s obviously going to depend on who stays and who goes. Taylor should stay unless the Bobcats get a good offer for him. At his guard-forward split, Taylor averaged 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds a game. He averaged nearly 20 minutes a game and shot 43.1 percent from the floor and 34.4 percent from the 3-point arc. His free-throw shooting was 72.8 percent from the stripe.

One of his best games was late in the season against the New York Knicks, when he shot 5-of-7 from the floor and  2-of-3 from the 3-point arc for 12 points in a 106-95 Bobcats victory. He had a total of six assists in his last two games. In late February, he scored 18 points when he logged 33 minutes against the Denver Nuggets.

Taylor needs to work on his conditioning during the offseason and show the Bobcats he can go extra minutes, then show what he can do with those extra minutes. That’s why this offseason will be critical.

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