Jeff Taylor Will Give Charlotte Bobcats More Depth Next Season

By John Raffel
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

When observers look at the Charlotte Bobcats roster and figure out what they’ll need to do in the draft, they should not forget about Jeff Taylor, who did not have a bad rookie NBA season at his guard-forward spot. The new coach that the Bobcats will bring in will have to give Taylor a good look and decide what they should or shouldn’t do about him.

Taylor averaged 6.1 points. 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He obviously was overshadowed by some of the other younger Bobcats players, but did see action in 77 games and started 29 of them. For a guard, he shot 43 percent from the floor, 34 percent from the 3-point area and 72.8 percent from the charity stripe. Those aren’t bad figures.

One of his best games came late in the season, where, he scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor in 17 minutes of action against the New York Knicks.

Taylor had limited success in scoring, but the Bobcats didn’t use him as much as perhaps they should have. He definitely showed promise when he was on the court. The most promising aspect about Taylor is that he usually took care of the basketball and did smart things with it.

The Bobcats definitely should have plans for Taylor next season. He can provide plenty of depth from off the bench. The best part is, of course, his youth, being only 24-years old. At 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, he’s also not afraid to use the body. He’s exactly the type of player the Bobcats need.

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