Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson has really struggled since returning from a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.

He's only averaging 2.5 points through two games, which is a ridiculously low number for someone so used to racking up double-doubles.

Here's a look at what he's going through, per The Charlotte Observer:

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"Right here, right now, it's probably better that I come off the bench," said Jefferson. "In this league, it's important to get off to a great start and you don't want a guy like me coming in still trying to get back into the flow of things and slowing the offense down."

Jefferson's spot in Charlotte's lineup has since been filled by Cody Zeller.

Even though the former fourth overall pick's skill-set is a better fit in the modern game, the Hornets badly need Jefferson to return to form if they're to be the best they can be.

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