Al Jefferson’s dominant first season in Charlotte helped the franchise snap a 10-year playoff drought. It comes with another added benefit, as he was named to the All-NBA Third Team on Wednesday.
Jefferson received a total of 191 points including four First-Team votes by the panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters.
The center led Charlotte with 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game as the the team increased its win total by 22 over the previous season. Jefferson was the only player in the Eastern Conference and one of just five overall to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was eighth in the NBA in rebounding, 11th in scoring, 23rd in field goal percentage (.509), 29th in blocks (1.1) and tied for 30th in minutes played (35).
Jefferson is the fifth player in Charlotte history to earn All-NBA honors, joining Larry Johnson (1992-93 Second Team), Glen Rise (1996-97 Second Team and 1997-98 Third Team), Anthony Mason (1996-97 Third Team) and Eddie Jones (1999-2000 Third Team).
Making up the All-NBA First-Team are the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, LeBron James (Heat), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Chris Paul (Clippers) and James Harden (Rockets), while the Second-Team included Stephen Curry (Warriors), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), Dwight Howard (Rockets) and Tony Parker (Spurs) and Jefferson was joined on the Third-Team by Paul George (Pacers), LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers), Goran Dragic (Suns) and Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers).