What if the Heat doesn’t land Chris Bosh? What if it doesn’t land Amare Stoudemire?
There are any number of reasons why Pat Riley could ultimately prove unsuccessful in his quest for each of the two superstars, the most intriguing of which is LeBron James agreeing to call South Florida home for the next five years.
Would you trade for Al Jefferson?
For Wolves fans, the one consolation prize in sending Kevin Garnett off to Boston back in July of 2007 was the acquisition of one the game’s best young post players, Al Jefferson.
Big Al had emerged as the low-block counterpoint to Paul Pierce on Boston’s sub-par 2006/07 team. When the opportunity surfaced for Danny Ainge to acquire Garnett, Jefferson was the Celtics’ only real long-term asset, and so away he went.
In Minnesota, even without a premium point guard, Jefferson has established himself as a dominating low post presence. A legit 6’10” with a well filled 265-pound frame and a massive 7’2.5″ wingspan, he’s an aggressive big man who barrels his way to the left side of the rim on nearly every possession. When he collects the entry pass on the block, he calls upon a variety of post moves to put the ball in the basket with alarming efficiency – often a deceptive up-fake to buy himself space for his little, baby hook shot that he half shoots and half throws, but on which he displays a great deal of touch out to around 10 feet.
Jefferson is an incredibly talented big man with a phenomenal feel for scoring in the post. He also rebounds at a high rate on both ends, thanks to his terrific hands and anticipation skills. And, despite constant double teams, he hardly ever turns the ball over.
The now-25-year-old was following up a breakout 2007/08 campaign with an even more impressive 2008/09, striking fear into opposing defenses to the tune of 23.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks over the season’s first 50 games. Until it all came crashing down. Literally. Read more…