In North Carolina, Jeff Taylor is referred to as the forgotten Charlotte Bobcats player. He’s been so forgotten that the team’s website leaves the photo box blank for his profile page.
But as Steve Clifford gets ready for the NBA Draft and very possibly a busy offseason of trades and free agency, hopefully he won’t forget to take a look at Taylor, who actually had a decent rookie season for the Bobcats that just about everyone has already forgotten.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was the big rookie for the Bobcats last season. But Taylor very quietly came along and raised a few eyebrows. The Bobcats used him in 77 games, and the 6-foot-7 starter was in the starting lineup 29 times. He averaged 19.6 minutes, 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.
His shooting was decent at 43.1 percent from the floor, 34.4 percent from the the 3-point area and 72.8 percent from the charity stripe. One of the best games he recorded was the second-to-last contest of the season in a win over the New York Knicks. He was 5-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-3 in 3-pointers for 12 points, and had three assists.
The Bobcats might be taking a shooting guard in the draft, and if that happens, Taylor might wonder what his role is going to be. But no matter who the Bobcats decide to draft, it’s a team that still needs plenty of additional talent if it’s to make a playoff run.
They definitely need to bring back Jeff Taylor. He’s a talented player they’re going to need over the next few seasons.