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Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller Have Solid Debuts For Charlotte Bobcats

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Tonight was the night fans saw the debuts of the two key headline players of the Charlotte Bobcats 2013 offseason. Fans saw Al Jefferson and rookie Cody Zeller play for the first time in a Bobcats uniform and to be honest, both of their performances weren’t all that bad.

Yes, I understand it is in fact a preseason game, but if it is your first game with a new NBA team, you want to go out there and give the fans a little glimpse of what they would see from you this season.

Both of them looked pretty solid on the floor tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. These two guys are being heavily leaned on to help out the Bobcats especially on the rebounding end, and also on the scoring end as well. You could get a little taste of scoring and rebounding from both Zeller and Jefferson tonight.

The Bobcats ended up losing by just two points to the Hawks, but there were some very positive things to look back on. Zeller and Jefferson combined for 50 minutes of play, and these guys will see a lot of minutes together on the court during the regular season considering they will be the two starting big men for the Cats going into this season.

The duo combined for 15 points, three blocks (a very good sign for Jefferson with two on the night, because many question just how good his defensive skills are), and the best statistic the two had combined for tonight was 14 rebounds. The rebounding is what I feel Charlotte is relying on them most for, and they had a positive showing on the rebounding end.

So you may wonder why am I discussing and analyzing Jefferson and Zellers stats together? No, its not because they both made their Charlotte debuts tonight, but because these two guys will be possibly the two biggest factors for Charlotte’s success this season besides star point guard Kemba Walker.

Having these two pile up the rebounds and points as a duo night in and night out will only make this Bobcats team improve more and more as the season goes on. The two big men combined will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming 2013-14 season, and they gave fans a short, yet solid look at that tonight.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.