Mar 24, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) in a time out during the second half of the game against the Houston Rockets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Rockets win 100-89. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats’ Al Jefferson named Eastern Conference Player of the Month

Many pundits questioned the Charlotte Bobcats’ signing of big man Al Jefferson in the offseason.

Instead, it has been one of the best signings of the season.

Jefferson has been fantastic and with a record of 36-38, the Bobcats are going to be in the postseason.

On Tuesday, the NBA rewarded Jefferson for his play, naming him the league’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of March.

Jefferson ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring (24.7 ppg) and ninth in rebounding (10.6 rpg), while shooting .555 from the field, as the Bobcats went 9-7 to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Jefferson topped the 30-point mark on three occasions, while finishing with nine point-rebound double-doubles. He had six games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, pushing his season total to 22, which set a franchise record. In back-to-back games against Miami (March 3) and Indiana (March 5), he became the second player in the NBA this season to make at least 15 field goals and shoot at least .640 from the field in two consecutive games.

On the season, Jefferson is averaging 21.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

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