“24 years old with a bright career ahead of him” is a memo constantly put on Charlotte Bobcats small forward Jeffery Taylor. Taylor was selected by the Cats with the 31st pick of the 2012 NBA Draft (first pick of the second round).
Can this be one of the young talents the Bobcats will lean on in the near future? Will he be the sleeper this year for Charlotte? First lets take a look at his performance last year and then give final thoughts for him this season and beyond.
Last year in his rookie season, Taylor averaged 6.1 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game and not the greatest assist total with .8 a game. Out of the 77 total games played, he started a total of 29 and averaged a total of 19.6 points a game. His rookie year can be labeled as decent and nothing more. One will definitely ask me after showing those first-year stats, “how can this guy possibly break out this year with those stats?” It’s simple and can be answered with one word: Improvement.
That sounds simple, right? Is the word “improvement” too simple to explain how Jeffery Taylor will breakout this season? Not at all because this summer has shown just how important of a player he can be to this up-and-coming Charlotte team this year.
Taylor will reach new heights in the upcoming 2013-14 season and he has shown peaks of that prediction this past summer. Taylor was one of the best talents in the Las Vegas Summer League scoring the third best point average in 20.3 points a game. Taylor did a great job of showcasing his athleticism in front of the crowds where the eyes seemed to be on him and not anybody else. Taylor also surprised on the Sweden national time with another solid showing this summer.
Taylor could end up being one of the biggest sleepers on this Bobcats team and maybe even the entire league. Last season, he never really got to showcase his talent in the spotlight, but this season is a new chapter. One big expectation for Charlotte this year is that Taylor will have a much bigger role in the rotation than last year. At the back up SF position, he has plenty of minutes ahead of him only behind fellow sophomore Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
This year is Jeff Taylor’s year, and trust me when I say this … nobody will take that from him. His hard work and determined thoughts to become a prime time player for this team will never stop until he truly has shined in Charlotte.