Not much attention is thrown Jeff Taylor’s way when it comes to discussing the Charlotte Bobcats’ hopes for success during the 2013-14 season.
That should all change and it will be all Taylor’s doing.
Taylor comes into his second NBA season with plenty of potential to be a solid guard or forward in a reserve role for the Bobcats.
In 77 games for the Bobcats last season, Taylor showed that he could provide some scoring and defense, but he didn’t exactly strengthen his credentials for being a full-time starter. He saw 29 starts and averaged 19.6 minutes, 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds a game and shot a decent 43.1 percent from the field and 72.8 percent in free throws.
Taylor played decent in Charlotte’s last three games of the 2012-13 season, which were all Charlotte wins. In a victory over the New York Knicks, he saw 17 minutes and was 5-of-7 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, and scored 12 points while dishing out three assists.
He scored a lot of points during summer league ball and focused a lot on playing off ball screens and one-two dribble pull-ups. Taylor can be a key contributor for the Bobcats in a reserve role. Taylor averaged 20 points and two steals per game while shooting 47.5 percent and making the All-NBA Summer League team. He showed he can be an energized player on both sides of the ball and be a ball-hawk in passing lanes.
The franchise made some key off season moves to try to provide a better team. But Taylor can make a positive impact if he gets more minutes. He has all the tools to be a competent well-rounded NBA player.