Mar 5, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) reacts after the play during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats won 109-87. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Many pundits questioned the Charlotte Bobcats’ signing of big man Al Jefferson in the offseason, wondering how Jefferson could improve one of the league’s worst teams.

The Bobcats are one of the league’s most improved teams and with a record of 33-34, they look like a lock to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

On Monday, Jefferson was reward for his play when the league named him the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

The NBA announced today that Bobcats center Al Jefferson has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, March 10 through Sunday, March 16. Jefferson led the Bobcats to the only 4-0 week in the Eastern Conference and their second 4-0 week in the last four weeks.

The only player in the Eastern Conference to record four games of 20 points or more in the week, Jefferson averaged 24.3 points on .547 shooting (47-86), 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in 37.5 minutes. He ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring, fourth in rebounding and tied for eighth in minutes played.

On the season, Jefferson is averaging 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

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