When Mirza Teletovic was pronounced out for the season due to blood clots in his lungs, Head Coach Lionel Hollins called on rookie Cory Jefferson to step up, and he definitely has.
Jefferson by no means has been playing out of this world, but he has produced in limited stints and shown flashes of potential as a scrapper and mobile big man. In the last four games Jefferson has been solid averaging 5.0 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game on 46 FG% in 16 minutes per game. The numbers aren’t jaw-dropping, but they are positive signs of growth.
Check out this alley-oop dunk in transition from Jefferson.
This clip exhibits potential we have not seen from Jefferson this season. The fast break was caused by Jefferson who played good defense on the jumpshot by Raptors’ G Terrence Ross. The shot led to a long rebound which Jarrett Jack grabbed and started on the fast break, only to be flanked by Jefferson who then threw down the alley-oop jam.
No it wasn’t a 360° dunk, but Jefferson played good defense on one end and was rewarded on the other with the alley-oop from Jack.
The below clip shows Jefferson’s tenacity on the boards.
Surrounded by Atlanta Hawks’ C Pero Antic and G Kent Bazemore, Jefferson elevated for the powerful putback slam. As said in the video, the timing was impeccable and Jefferson showed true power, which you can hear in the video.
Jefferson is not the second coming of Karl Malone, but he has shown flashes of potential and has showed he can play solid minutes off the bench. Not bad for the last pick in the draft.