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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2013-14: All-NBA Third Team … Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice (March, April) … Two-time Eastern Conference Player of the Week (March 10-17; March 31-April 7) … 2012-13: Western Conference Player of the Week (March 24-31) … 2011-12: Western Conference Player of the Week (April 15-22) … 2008-09: Western Conference Player of the Week (Dec. 29-Jan. 4) … 2007-08: Western Conference Player of the Week (Jan. 20-27) … 2006-07: Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Feb. 26-March 4) … 2004-05: NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

2015-16
Played in 47 games and made 18 starts for the Hornets, averaging 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds In 23.3 minutes per game … Finished the season shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 64.9 percent from the free throw line … Scored In double figures 29 times with seven games with 20 or more points … Grabbed 10 or more rebounds eight times while recording seven double-doubles … Finished with a season-high 31 points on 15-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds in a road win at Dallas, 11/5 … Pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds four times … Missed a career-high 35 games during the regular season due to injury and suspension … Missed six games (Dec. 2-12) with a left calf strain … Missed five games (Dec. 16-23) while serving an NBA suspension … Missed one game (Dec. 30) with soreness in his right knee … Missed 22 games (Jan. 1-Feb. 10) while recovering from right knee surgery … Missed one game (April 3) due to a right quad contusion.

PRO
A 12-year NBA veteran with Boston (2004-07), Minnesota (2007-10), Utah (2010-13) and Charlotte (2013-16), Jefferson has averaged 16.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in 813 career games and 649 starts … Jefferson holds career shooting percentages of .498 from the field and .707 from the free throw line … Has recorded 342 career double-doubles with a high of 55 during the 2007-08 season with Minnesota … Initially selected by the Celtics with the 15th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft … Traded by the Celtics with Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair and two first-round draft picks to the Timberwolves on July 31, 2007, in exchange for Kevin Garnett … Traded by the Timberwolves to the Utah Jazz on July 13, 2010, in exchange for Kosta Koufos and two first-round draft picks … Signed as a free agent with Charlotte on July 10, 2013 … Signed as a free agent by the Indiana Pacers on July 9, 2016 … 2014-15: Appeared in 65 games (61 starts) for Charlotte, with averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in 30.6 minutes … Ranked 19th in the NBA in rebounding, tied for 22nd in blocks, ranked 33rd in field-goal percentage (.481) and tied for 33rd in scoring … Scored in double figures 53 times, including 23 games of 20 points or more and three games with at least 30 points … Grabbed double-figure rebounds 24 times … Recorded 22 doubledoubles … Tallied 14 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds … Scored a season-high 34 points on Nov. 7 against Atlanta ... Grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds on Feb. 22 at Dallas … Blocked a career-high-tying seven shots on Jan. 24 against New York … Led or tied for the team lead in scoring 24 times, in rebounding 27 times, in blocks 27 times and in steals 13 times ... Missed 17 games due to injury … 2013-14: Appeared in 73 games (73 starts) for Charlotte, with averages of 21.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 35.0 minutes … Named Third Team All-NBA … Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month in both March and April, earning Player of the Month honors for the first two times in his career … Also named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the weeks ending March 16 and April 6 ... The only player in the Eastern Conference and one of only five players in the NBA to average over 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds on the season … Ranked eighth in the NBA in rebounding, 11th in scoring, 23rd in field goal percentage, 29th in blocks and tied for 30th in minutes played … Scored in double figures 69 times, including 45 games of 20 points or more and 13 games with at least 30 points … Grabbed double-figure rebounds 42 times … Recorded 42 double-doubles … Tallied 29 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds … Posted streaks of 11 straight 20-point games (Jan. 11-31), seven straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (April 2-14), three straight 30-point games (Jan. 25-31) and nine straight games as the team’s outright leading scorer (Feb. 28-March 14) … Scored a career-high-tying 40 points on 18 field goals and grabbed 18 rebounds on Jan. 31 at the Lakers, recording the first game in Charlotte NBA history with at least 40 points and 15 rebounds … Had three games with at least 35 points and 15 rebounds on the season … Scored 24 points and grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds on Dec. 28 at Atlanta, recording the seventh 20-20 game of his career … Led or tied for the team lead in scoring 41 times, in rebounding 61 times, in blocks 29 times and in steals 19 times … 2012-13: Appeared in 78 games (all starts) for the Jazz, averaging 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 33.1 minutes … Ranked eighth in the NBA in field goals (611), eighth in defensive rebounds (564) and ninth in double-doubles (37) … Scored in double figures 73 times, including 31 games with 20 points or more and four games with 30 points or more… Grabbed doublefigure rebounds 39 times … Scored a career-high-tying 40 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out a season-high six assists on April 12 against Minnesota, becoming the first Jazz player with at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a game since Karl Malone on April 19, 1995 … Named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending March 31 after averaging 19.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks and leading the Jazz to a 4-0 record … Scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on Feb. 8 against Chicago … Scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Dec. 5 against Orlando … Scored 24 points and had a season-high 17 rebounds on Nov. 12 at Toronto … 2011-12: Appeared in 61 games (all starts) for the Jazz, averaging 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 blocks in 34.0 minutes … Ranked sixth in the NBA in field goals (516), ninth in field goal attempts (1048) and 10th in defensive rebounds (452) … Scored in double figures 59 times, including 27 games with 20 points or more and five games with 30 points or more … Grabbed double-figure rebounds 32 times… Tallied 31 double-doubles … Led the Jazz in minutes played, scoring, rebounds, blocks and doubledoubles … Named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending April 22 after averaging 20.0 points, a league-high 15.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 blocks while leading the Jazz to a perfect 3-0 record … Scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on Feb. 17 against Washington … Scored 28 points and grabbed a career-high-tying 26 rebounds on April 16 against Dallas … Scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on March 12 against Detroit … Scored 25 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out a career-high seven assists on March 5 at Cleveland … 2010-11: Appeared in all 82 games (all starts) for the Jazz, averaging 18.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 assists in 35.9 minutes … Ranked fifth in the NBA in blocks (153), sixth in total rebounds (794), sixth in defensive rebounds (559), ninth in offensive rebounds (235) and 10th in minutes played (2940) … The only Jazz player to appear in all 82 games … Scored in double figures 74 times, including 37 games with 20 points or more and nine games with 30 points or more … Grabbed double-figure rebounds 39 times … Tallied 37 double-doubles … Scored a season-high 36 points on March 7 at New York … Scored 28 points and grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds on Feb. 28 against Boston … Scored 17 points and grabbed a season-high-tying 19 rebounds on March 20 at Houston… Scored 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds on March 12 at Chicago… Scored 23 points and blocked a career-high seven shots on Dec. 22 at Minnesota … 2009-10: Appeared in 76 games (all starts) for the Timberwolves, averaging 17.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks in 32.4 minutes … Scored in double figures 71 times, including 28 games with 20 points or more and one game with 30 points or more … Grabbed double-figure rebounds 37 times … Tallied 35 double-doubles … Scored a season-high 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on March 8 against Dallas … Scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high and franchise-record 26 rebounds on Jan. 13 at Houston … Scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Jan. 6 against Golden State … 2008-09: Appeared in 50 games (all starts) for the Timberwolves, averaging 23.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.6 assists in 36.7 minutes … Scored in double figures 48 times, including 37 games with 20 points or more and eight games with 30 points or more … Grabbed doublefigure rebounds 31 times … Tallied 30 double-doubles … Scored a season-high 39 points on Jan. 25 against Chicago … Scored 38 points and grabbed 16 rebounds on Dec. 29 against Memphis … Scored 36 points, grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds and tied a career high with four steals on Feb. 7 at Houston … Named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 4 … Missed the final 32 games of the season after suffering a torn right ACL on Feb. 9 at New Orleans … 2007-08: Appeared in all 82 games (all starts) for the Timberwolves, averaging 21.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.4 assists in 35.6 minutes … Ranked second in the NBA in offensive rebounds (308), third in double-doubles (55), fourth in total rebounds (911), fourth in field goals (721) and eighth in defensive rebounds (603) … One of only four players in the NBA to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, joining Carlos Boozer, Dwight Howard and Antawn Jamison … Scored in double figures 79 times, including 48 games with 20 points or more and 10 games with 30 points or more … Grabbed double- figure rebounds 55 times, including three games with 20 rebounds or more … Scored a career-high 40 points and grabbed 19 rebounds on Jan. 27 against New Jersey … Also scored a career-high-tying 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on April 8 at Charlotte … Became only the second Timberwolves player with multiple 40-point games in the same season … Scored 32 points and grabbed 20 rebounds on Dec. 8 against Phoenix, becoming only the second Timberwolves player to tally at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in game, joining Kevin Garnett who did so eight times … Scored 26 points and grabbed 20 rebounds on Jan. 30 against Chicago … Scored 22 points and grabbed 20 rebounds on Dec. 17 at Miami … Named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 27 … 2006-07: Appeared in 69 games (60 starts) for the Celtics, averaging 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 assists in 33.6 minutes … Scored in double figures 57 times, including 26 games with 20 points or more and two games with 30 points or more … Grabbed double-figure rebounds 43 times, including one game with 20 rebounds or more … Tallied 38 double-doubles … Scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds on March 3 at New Jersey … Scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds on March 9 against Seattle … Scored 12 points and grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds on Jan. 13 at Detroit … Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending March 4 … 2005-06: Appeared in 59 games (seven starts) for the Celtics, averaging 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18.0 minutes … Scored in double figures 21 times, including one game with 20 points or more … Grabbed double-figure rebounds six times … Recorded five double-doubles … Posted season highs of 21 points and 12 boards on Dec. 10 at Dallas … Scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Jan. 18 against Minnesota … 2004-05: Appeared in 71 games (one start) for the Celtics, averaging 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14.8 minutes … Scored in double figures 17 times and grabbed double-figure rebounds four times … Tallied three double-doubles … Scored a season-high 19 points on April 15 at Miami … Scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Jan. 19 against Chicago … Recorded first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on Jan. 5 against Golden State … Saw action in seven playoff games, averaging 6.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 19.4 minutes.

PLAYOFFS
In four trips to the postseason, Jefferson has played in 21 career playoff games and made 12 starts … Has averaged 12.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 26.2 minutes per game during his playoff career … Holds career shooting percentages of .494 from the field and .676 from the free throw line … Has posted five career playoff double-doubles … 2015-16: Appeared in all seven games and started the final five games of Charlotte’s First Round series against Miami ... Averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds In 24.0 minutes per game … Shot 50.6 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from the free throw line … Posted his best outing of the series with 25 points on 12-for-17 shooting to go with seven rebounds in Game 2 at Miami, 4/20 … 2013-14: Started three games in Charlotte’s First Round series against Miami, averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game .. Shot 49.1 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the free throw line … Posted consecutive double-doubles in Games 1 and 2 to begin the series … Scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Game 1, 4/20 … Finished with 18 points and 13 boards in Game 2, 4/23 … Scored 20 points to go with five rebounds and three blocks in Game 3, 4/26 … Sat out the final game of the series, 4/28, with a foot injury … 2011-12: Started all four games In Utah’s First Round series against San Antonio while averaging 18.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game … Shot 52.9 percent from the field during the series … Scored in double figures in all four games with double-doubles in each of the last two games of the series … Finished with 21 points on 10-for-18 shooting to go with 11 rebounds in Game 3, 5/5 … Scored a postseason career-high 26 points on 13-for-19 shooting to go with 11 boards in Game 4, 5/7 … 2004-05: Appeared in all seven games off the bench in the Celtics’ First Round series against Indiana while averaging 6.1 points and 6.4 rebounds In 19.4 minutes per game … Shot 41.5 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line … Posted his best game of the series with 11 points and a playoff career high 14 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass, in Game 6 at Indiana, 5/5.

HIGH SCHOOL
As a senior, named First Team All-America by Parade and USA Today… Named Mr. Basketball in Mississippi and was a finalist for the Naismith Award… Played in the 2004 McDonald’s All-America Game, recording 16 points and 11 rebounds… Player for the U.S. in the 2004 Nike Hoop Summit, tallying 13 points and seven rebounds… Named All-State, All-Conference and Conference MVP in all four seasons of high school… Led Prentiss to a 29-8 record and the Class 3A State Championship as a junior

PERSONAL
Full name is Al Ricardo Jefferson … Born in Monticello, MS, but grew up in Prentiss, MS, a town of 1,500 people … member of the 2007 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the 2007 USA Men’s National Team in Las Vegas … Selected to the 2010-12 USA Men’s National Team Program … Teamed up with Feed the Children in the summer of 2011 to provide food and personal care items for over 400 families in Vicksburg, MS, who were victims of flooding … Participates In Jr. Pacers camps as a coach and counselor for area youth … Hosts an annual basketball camp in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown each summer … Joined several NBA and WNBA players in “Operation Rebound” to offer food and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in his home state of Mississippi … Made a $25,000 donation to the Miami Dade College Foundation to establish a scholarship endowment in honor of his late father.

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Height: 6'10''/ 2.08m
Weight: 289 lbs./ 131.1 kg
Born: January 04, 1985
From: Prentiss HS (MS)
Draft: 1st Round (15th pick) 2004 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2004
Years Pro: 12
Previous Teams:
  Charlotte Hornets 2013 - 2015
  Utah Jazz 2010 - 2013
  Minnesota Timberwolves 2007 - 2010
  Boston Celtics 2004 - 2006
Prior to NBA/Country: Prentiss HS (MS)/USA

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