Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) dunks the ball and Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma (34) defends in the second quarter at Target Center. The Jazz won 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Old Faces In New Places: Al Jefferson

Old Team: Utah Jazz

New Team: Charlotte Bobcats

Role: Starter

Best Case Scenario: Al Jefferson will give the Bobcats the offensive presence they desperately need. The Bobcats were the third worst offensive team in the NBA last season. Jefferson averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season. If things go well this season, Jefferson will come close to matching his career high in points (23.1 ppg in 2008-09) and shoot 50.0% from the field. He will average a double-double, leading the Bobcats in both categories while being named to the All-Star team. It will be considered the best season of his career and his large contract won’t be talked about.

Worst Case Scenario: Jefferson will take too many shots and it will be a race every night to see what number is higher – Jefferson’s points or his shot attempts. The Bobcats will again stumble to one of the worst records in the NBA and wind up in the lottery. Pundits will criticize both the Bobcats and Jefferson because of his contract and the Bobcats will quickly be looking for someone to take him off of their hands.

What Will Really Happen: Jefferson will average about 20 and 9 while the Bobcats improve, but remain in the lottery.

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