Charlotte Bobcats Preseason report: Jeff Taylor

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Its no question that this is Jeff Taylor‘s year to break out. After an average rookie season, the Charlotte Bobcats fan base is looking forward to seeing a more aggressive, determined and more consistent Taylor. This might be the first year we see him rise to a bigger role with this team rather than last years limited minutes.

Has the hopeful breakout shown us some glimpses of the success he and the Bobcats are hoping to have this season? Yes. Has he shown that he can up his scoring average while also rebounding the ball? Yes. What we have seen so far from the 6-foot-7 guard/forward are most likely the numbers we will see him average in his sophomore season with the Cats.

Through five preseason games (zero starts), Taylor has put up averages of 9.8 points per game (third-best on Cats’ roster), 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Those aren’t the greatest at first glance, but let’s not forget that we know he is not the best passer so that statistic shouldn’t really surprise you too much. The one thing besides Taylor’s hopeful scoring help is his rebounding so far, and my expectations for his rebounding totals this season.

Standing at 6-foor-7 for a swingman, I really expect to see more than 3.5 rebounds averaged by Taylor this season. Yes I know it is just the preseason, but Taylor is out there playing his hardest to try to earn a bigger role on this squad. He is not the best or biggest rebounder, but I feel his rebounding totals are lacking and can be much better at his size with his strong body. 2.5 a game is not acceptable.

So far this preseason, Taylor has looked solid on the scoring end. Last year, he averaged 19.6 minutes a game during the regular season to go along with 6.1 points a contest. So how exactly does bringing up last year’s minutes and scoring totals relate to Taylor’s performance so far this preseason?

With an average of 22.6 minutes a game and 9.8 points a game so far, it seems that these preseason minutes and points average could be exactly the same ones we see during the regular season. There is no doubt in my mind that with increased minutes in sight for Taylor, the scoring average will go right up this season.

So far, so good! Taylor is off to a good start — can he bring the solid preseason numbers right into the regular season?

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

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