Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson named All-NBA

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comJune 4, 2014 

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Charlotte Hornets’ Al Jefferson smiles during an interview at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday after Jefferson was named to the All-NBA third team.

DAVID T. FOSTER, III — dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was named All-NBA third-team Wednesday, in a vote of media members who regularly cover the league.

Jefferson averaged 21.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and shot 51 percent from the field, leading the then-Bobcats to only the second playoff appearance in that franchise’s 10-year history.

Jefferson signed as a free agent last July in what became a franchise-changing transaction. They had never before had a primary scorer with Jefferson’s impact.

He started the season slowly, due to an ankle sprain suffered in the preseason. That was a factor in him not being selected by the NBA’s coaches as an All-Star reserve. But from January on, he was arguably one of the NBA’s 10 best players.

Jefferson had never previously been named either All-NBA or an All-Star selection. Ex-Bobcat Gerald Wallace was named an All-Star reserve in the 2009-10 season.

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