Pacers news: Al Jefferson may have lost 40 pounds during offseason, according to Myles Turner
In his first season with the Indiana Pacers, Al Jefferson experienced a significant drop in his performance on the court putting up his least productive campaign since his second year in the league.
With that in mind, the 32-year-old has taken a renewed effort to prepare for his 14th season as he has picked up a vegan diet that has resulted in him losing a significant amount of weight over this offseason.
Myles Turner on veteran big man Al Jefferson: "He looks incredible, man. I think he's dropped like 40 pounds."
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) September 20, 2017
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) September 20, 2017
This could set the table for a bounce-back season for Jefferson after averaging just 8.1 points on 49.9 percent shooting from the field with 4.2 rebounds in a career-low 14.1 minutes per contest in 66 games with one start. This included recording just one double-double while scoring in double figures 28 times and notching 10 or more rebounds just once.
His recommitment to his physical condition may lead to a larger role off the bench as one of the primary scoring options, especially following the departure of Paul George this offseason. Jefferson has proven over his career to be a dependable scorer holding a career average of 16.0 points per game, which entails producing double-digits in 10 consecutive seasons.
There is much reason for him to bounce back as he’s set to enter the second year of his three-year, $30 million contract that has only $4 million of the $10 million salary for the 2018-19 season guaranteed at this point.