The Charlotte Bobcats made their first appearance at the 2013 Las Vegas NBA Summer League on Friday night. With that Summer League game came the first opportunity to get a look at Cody Zelller in an NBA environment and to see how the shooting motion of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had improved. That’s what everyone was expecting to see.
Though we saw Zeller struggle with his shot, but show promising signs with his IQ and footwork, particularly defensively, and saw that MKG’s jumper still looks like a video game with a glitch, it was sophomore guard Jeffery Taylor who put on a show for the Bobcats.
In 30 minutes of playing time of Friday night, the second-year Taylor put up 24 points and two rebounds while shooting 9-17 from the floor and 2-5 from long-distance, including a three that gave Charlotte a one-point lead with just 13 seconds left in the game. Sure, the San Antonio Spurs were able to run a beautifully drawn-up play and take the lead and the game, but Taylor did his part.
Last season with Charlotte, Taylor played in 77 games and saw the floor for 19.6 minutes per game. He averaged 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.
One of the things that Taylor showed the potential to be last season was a three-and-D guy, meaning a guy who is great in the role of knocking down outside shots and playing solid defense, a la Danny Green. In his first Summer League game of 2013, he showed that he can be that type of player again.
Taylor isn’t going to be a guy that carries the Bobcats to the playoffs or anything, but as they rebuild, he has the potential to be an extremely valuable role player going forward with the franchise. All in all, the Bobcats have some solid pieces in place as they look towards the future and Taylor is definitely one of them.