There is no denying Jeff Adrien isn’t one of the most popular players on this Charlotte Bobcats team, but is this guy unknown or what? The 27-year-old is hoping to make a splash this season with the Cats and most importantly, looking to help the team in any way he can.
Now when I say he is unknown, I mean exactly that. If a common NBA fan was to look at the Bobcats’ 2013-14 roster, I guarantee they would question who Adrien is and not know much about anything of his career. Why is that? Its a simple case of where a player hasn’t made an impact yet in his career.
The 6-foot-8 forward went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Connecticut. He played at Connecticut with fellow Bobcats teammate Kemba Walker. He played in Spain for the first year of his career but in the following season, he was invited to the Golden State Warriors training camp and eventually made the final roster. He was later released in December 2010 to make room on the roster for Acie Law.
After being signed again by the Warriors in February then released again in June, you could just tell Adrien was going to be one of those players flip-flopping between teams. On December 21, 2011 Adrien signed a deal with the Houston Rockets, but his tenure their did not last long either as he played eight total games and averaging 2.6 points a game, along with 2.8 rebounds in that short span.
He was sent back down to the D-League, and was then later named the NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year in 2011.
On December 9, 2012, Adrien was called up from the Rio Grand Valley Vipers to the Bobcats’ main roster. On January 8, 2013, he finally did not have to worry about being waived or cut because he was finally safe. The Bobcats decided to guarantee his contract for the remainder of the season. Adrien played a total of 55 games for the Cats last season, starting five total games and averaging four points a game, 3.8 rebounds and 13.7 minutes.
This year, Adrien will enter his first season being fully part of a team, instead of arriving midway through the season. Adrien will no doubt be one of the players on the bottom of this Bobcats roster, but if he can be more consistent and effective in the few minutes he gets, he might be able to work his way up on the Bobcats’ depth chart.
All that he is worried about going into this season is helping this team any way he can when the time comes for him to take off that warmup shirt and step onto the court.