Charlotte Hornets: Four Guys to Step Up for Jefferson

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Nov 20, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) shoots the ball between Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) and forward Christian Wood (35) during the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Hornets defeated the 76ers 113-88. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Tyler Hansbrough

The first is Tyler Hansbrough. In case you had wondered why the Hornets had signed the former Tar Heel great, it was for this very moment. Most of the bigs that the Hornets have on the roster are built to play with Jefferson. Whether it is Spencer Hawes, Cody Zeller, or Frank Kaminsky, these big men were touted for their ability to shoot.

Hansbrough on the other hand is the only big that can replicate the grinding post play that Jefferson brought to bear. His game is all about being workman-like in the paint and fighting for rebounds.

However, Hansbrough is often on the inactive roster. He will take up some of the minutes burden, but he is not going to be on the court for thirty minutes in a game. Other bigs will have to make up the difference.

Next: Cody Zeller