Season Averages: 4.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG
Season Highlight: Like fellow Knicks Landry Fields and Steve Novak, Jared Jeffries played his best basketball with the rise of Linsanity. Over a stretch of 9 games (2/4-2/15), all wins, Jeffries nearly doubled his season averages- averaging 7.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.2 STLPG and 1.2 APG. Also take into consideration that taken charges are not included into those stats- something that Jeffries excels at. He was a vital piece of the teams success during that period, especially being that they were undermanned.
Season Lowlight: Unfortunately, Jared Jeffries re-aggravated a knee injury in a road win vs. the Sixers. He would be forced to sit out for two weeks with an inflamed right knee and even upon returning was limited to 10-15 minutes per game. Jeffries, who had been such a huge part of the team, would essentially be a non-factor for the remainder of the season- including a tough 1st round series matchup vs. the Heat.
Final Judgement: Personally, I love everything Jared Jeffries is about. Some people may think he’s just another player on the roster, but I think he definitely has an impact on winning games. He’s a genuine hustle player and does all of the little things, the things a lot of guys aren’t willing to do. The taken charges, saved balls and offensive boards are the types of things that the Knicks are lacking right now, something Jared Jeffries can turn around. If the Knicks can get everyone healthy come next season, including Jeffries of course, you will have the chance to see just how important Jared Jeffries contributions can be.
What’s Next: Jared Jeffries is an unrestricted free agent this year, and it will be interesting to see how everything plays out. The deciding factor will clearly be his health. To this point, I’m not sure if anyone knows how serious his injury is or if it’s even something that can heal during the off-season. For his sake, and the Knicks sake, I sure hope he can get healthy because he’s a hell of a player.
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