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Charlotte Bobcats’ Jeff Taylor working to increase his offensive moves

By Rick Bonnell
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

LAS VEGAS Charlotte Bobcat Jeff Taylor has a 3-point stroke and can rise high above the rim for spectacular dunks.

It’s the plays in-between he needs to improve.

“Playing off ball screens – one-dribble pull-ups,’’ Taylor said of his on-court focus this summer. “Since I can hit the 3-ball at a good percentage, people are going to try to run me off the (3-point) line. I need that one-dribble pull-up.’’

Taylor, picked at the top of the second round a year ago, has been most impressive in the Bobcats’ two games here. He followed up a 24-point debut against the San Antonio Spurs with 19 points and five rebounds against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion.

Taylor’s confidence seemed dented late last season, but he’s been just the opposite in Las Vegas, shooting 15-of-30 from the field and 4-of-10 from 3-point range.

“It’s a different kind of world – you get a year under your belt, the chance to look at film for things to work on, a summer to work on your body,’’ Taylor said. “A completely different world.’’

One of his new coaches, assistant Bob Weiss, has encouraged Taylor to explore posting up more.

“It’s not something I’ve done in the past, but I have some good mid-range touch,’’ Taylor said. “To come out here and work on it, that’s what we’re here for.’’

Vegas kid-friendly? Last year this time, Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo was asked if he was enjoying Sin City.

Biyombo replied, only half-joking, that he was having a terrible time because he couldn’t do anything. Same this time. Welcome to the Bobcats’ under-21 club.

Three of the Bobcats’ last four lottery picks – Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and rookie Cody Zeller – have yet to reach their 21st birthdays. That means that while all three are here playing in Las Vegas summer league, none can legally bet in this town’s great attraction – casinos.

Biyombo and Kidd-Gilchrist were the youngest players in the 2011 and 2012 drafts, respectively. Zeller, who turns 21 in October, turned pro after his sophomore season at Indiana.

Here and there: Biyombo played a little better offensively Sunday. After going 1-of-3 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line against San Antonio, Biyombo was 2-of-3 from the field and 4-of-8 from the line Sunday…The Bobcats play their third game Monday at 4 p.m. EDT against the New York Knicks. The game will be televised on NBATV…Kidd-Gilchrist is looking for his jump shot here, after frequently passing up those looks last season.

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