One of the most impressive players for the Charlotte Bobcats at the Las Vegas Summer League this year was second-year wing Jeffery Taylor. In four games at Summer League, Taylor finished with averages of 20.3 points 2.8 rebounds, one assist and 1.8 steals in 31.3 minutes per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from long-range.
From his performance at Summer League alone, the Bobcats had to be salivated at what Taylor will be able to contribute off of the bench in the 2013-2014 NBA season. However, Taylor has gone on to impress even further while playing with Sweden at Eurobasket 2013.
Through three games with Sweden, Taylor has undoubtedly been the team’s best and most productive player. In their opening game against Greece, Taylor looked good offensively, but didn’t give the Swedes much else. He finished with 16 points and one steal on 5-11 shooting in 27 minutes.
In their next two games, though, Taylor looked like the whole package. In 35 minutes of floor-time against Finland, Taylor finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and on steal, though he did shoot only 7-21 from the floor. On Saturday against Russia, though, Taylor was on-point, ending the game with 25 points, six boards, four assists and three steals in 38 minutes while shooting 10-18 from the field, though he did have a remarkably high seven turnovers.
Considering that Taylor is entering just his second season with the Bobcats as a former second-round pick, he looks to be a hidden gem. His ceiling isn’t incredibly high going forward, but he has the opportunity to be a terrific three-and-D guy off of the bench for the Bobcat, sort of like a slightly-less-wealthy-man’s Danny Green as a reserve. He showed flashes of it as a rookie last season, but now it seems that it’s all coming together for Taylor.