NBA.com released a short video showing the kinds of training Al Jefferson put himself through this offseason. Working out at the P3 Applied Sports Science Facility in Santa Barbara, CA, the video shows Big Al going through a number of drills designed to work on his hip mechanics and getting him more stable.
In the video, Jefferson states he has attended P3 since being traded to Utah in 2010, and has felt himself improving every year since. The numbers reflect that, as he posted strong numbers in Utah before coming to Charlotte and dominating as we all watched last season. In the last four years, Jefferson has averaged 20.2 points per game, which is slightly above his career average of 19.7, and his total rebounds per game have risen each season.
Just as significant, Jefferson has maintained good health in that four year stretch, only missing significant time (21 games) in 2011-12. While he missed the start of last season due to injury, Jefferson stayed healthy until the playoffs, and his consistency proved vital for Charlotte. "It's not only helping me stay in shape," says Jefferson, "but it's really helping me keep from having injuries. It's really keeping me healthy, and when I do get hurt, it's easy for me to bounce back."
Other NBA players appear to be taking advantage as well. The video briefly shows Utah center Enes Kanter working out in the background, and the promotional video on P3's website shows Kyle Korver (working out in Bulls shorts) and very briefly Andris Biedrins.
The video is good insight into the kinds of training professional athletes go through in the offseason, and it's cool to see Jefferson working hard in order to pick up where he left off last season.