After posting arguably the best season of his career, Al Jefferson has been named to the league's All-NBA Third Team, garnering 191 total points in the voting, just outside of the All-NBA Second Team.
The votes for Jefferson break down as such:
4 votes - First Team center
1 vote - Second Team forward
43 votes - Second Team center
5 votes - Third Team forward
34 votes - Third Team center
Joakim Noah is the center of the First Team with 551 total points and Dwight Howard is the center for the Second Team with 226 total voting points.
Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant and LeBron James round out the rest of the First Team; and the Second Team had Tony Parker, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. The Third Team was comprised of Damian Lillard, Goran Dragic, Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Jefferson.
Jefferson, despite an early-season ankle sprain that bothered him extensively for the first month or two, played exceptional basketball for the then-Bobcats, peaking in March and April. He averaged about 22 points and 11 rebounds a game for the season, but it jumped to nearly 25 points and 12 rebounds in those last two months over 24 games. Jefferson received back-to-back Player of the Month awards for March and April with his field goal percentage at a stupendous 55.5 percent and 53.2 percent in those months, respectively.
Big Al's play, though he didn't receive an All-Star nod, went above and beyond in helping the Bobcats transform from a decrepit franchise in their recent years to a respectable one with the help of head coach Steve Clifford. Jefferson's accolades barely scratch the surface in indicating the impact he made on the team and franchise this past season, and are hopefully just the beginning to bigger and better things for the Hornets in the coming future.