Jeff Adrien got a second look by the Charlotte Bobcats last season and started taking advantage of his opportunities, but he needs to get more looks from the Bobcats this year as he bids to become a key impact player on the team, most likely from off the bench.
In his first two NBA seasons with the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, Adrien had a combined 31 games and no starts, averaging less than nine minutes, three points and three rebounds an outing. It appeared at this time a year ago that his career was going nowhere.
The move to the Bobcats was a good one for Adrien, who saw action in 52 games with five starts. He averaged 13.7 minutes, 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot 42.9 percent from the floor, and his free throw shooting percentage actually improved to 67.5.
When he gets the chance to play extensive minutes, Adrien is able to go to the hole with lots of authority. One example was in late January against the Chicago Bulls when he played 35 minutes, his most of the season. He was 5-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free throw line for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Adrien just needs more performances like that to see more playing time.
Right now, while the Bobcats are looking for young players to emerge in a major way and get the team to start making legitimate runs for a playoff spot, Adrien’s impact won’t be that high unless he can emerge from the preseason as more of a scoring threat.
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