The Charlotte Bobcats selected Jeffery Taylor with the 31st pick in the second round of the 2012 Draft. Taylor, who spent four years at Vanderbilt, played in 79 games and averaged 19.6 minutes per game, the most of any second round draft pick.
He started 29 games for the Bobcats this season, playing at shooting guard and small forward. While much of the attention was on the Bobcats first round draft pick, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Taylor showed a few flashes of brilliance himself.
Here’s what our writers had to say about Taylor’s rookie campaign:
Nate’s Grade: B
While many assume any second round draft pick to be bench fodder for their inaugural season in the league, many disregarded the state of the Charlotte Bobcats. From day one, Taylor has been contributing any way he knows how.
Taylor’s overall numbers (6.0 ppg, 0.8 apg, 1.9 rpg) weren’t groundbreaking by any standard; however, Taylor’s play in Summer League play made it seem as though the Bobcats landed one of the biggest steals in the Draft, and he continued to make an impact on a smaller scale throughout much of the regular season, even starting in place of Gerald Henderson when he was injured earlier in the year.
If one were to judge Taylor by his overall body of work, they would have to be impressed and excited for the future; while his 10.33 PER wasn’t outstanding, his lines (43% FG, 34% 3PT, 73% FT) were respectable to say the least. Also of note was that Taylor’s three-point field goal percentage was second-highest on the team (for those who appeared in 30 games or more).
If one were to judge Taylor by his presence on the court, they might not be as kind, as Taylor sometimes looked overwhelmed. Yet Taylor was always willing to take any assignment given to him by Mike Dunlap, and that -coupled with the fact that he’s only a rookie -bodes well for his future growth.
Edward’s Grade: C+
Taylor has good size, lateral quickness and defensive instincts to guard multiple positions on the floor. He’s a streaky three-point shooter. He made 34% on the season and promise as a catch-and-shoot threat. This can be useful playing next to a playmaking guard like Kemba Walker.
Taylor’s athleticism and spot-up shooting ability can be a valuable threat on a team that gets stops and pushes the pace. His numbers aren’t fantastic, but when you consider the lack of talent in last year’s draft, Taylor has the potential to carve a long-career as a roleplayer.
Overall, I liked what I saw out of Taylor this season. He reminds me of another Bobcats draft pick in Jared Dudley. Dudley only spent a season and a half with the Bobcats before being dealt to Phoenix. He’s excelled there as a roleplayer and efficient three-point specialist. If Taylor can be that type of compliment going forward, he’ll be a key component of the rebuilding project.