Charlotte Bobcats: Thank Kemba Walker for Al Jefferson Signing

By Ryan Heckman


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The Charlotte Bobcats are on their way out of being the laughing stock of the NBA.

That was a lie, no they’re not.

But, they did add some nice talent to their roster this summer by signing former Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson. This will prove to be one of the better signings of the offseason because Jefferson gives Charlotte some much needed improvement in a couple of key areas.

Last year with the Jazz, Jefferson averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while finishing with a PER of 20.99. He’s always been a guy who’s going to get his stats, especially on bad teams, but the Bobcats know that he brings the scoring and rebounding needed to get them to the next level.

What exactly convinced Jefferson to play with the Bobcats this offseason, though, other than that fat paycheck? Just ask point guard Kemba Walker.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Walker and Jefferson met up in New York before Jefferson’s contract was up with the Jazz and talked about this summer. Walker tried to convince him that playing in Charlotte would be best for him and would greatly help the team out.

Apparently Walker sold him.

It doesn’t hurt that they both share an agent, Jeff Schwartz, so there is an obvious connection there somewhere. But, it looks like Walker is one of the biggest reasons why Jefferson chose the Bobcats.

Jefferson joins rookie Cody Zeller in the front court and they could have a chance to surprise some people in 2013, especially those who criticized the pick like myself. We will just have to wait it out and see if Walker helped create something special in Charlotte over the next couple of years.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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