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Swede drafted by Michael Jordan’s NBA team

Jeffrey Taylor will become the second Swede ever to play professional basketball in the United States' National Basketball Association (NBA) after being drafted on Thursday by the Charlotte Bobcats.

Swede drafted by Michael Jordan’s NBA team

Taylor, a 23-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköpping in eastern Sweden, and follows in the footsteps of his American father who was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 1982.

Taylor was drafted in the second round, the 31st overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft by the Bobcats, a team owned by basketball legend and hall-of-famer Michael Jordan.

The 23-year-old small forward lived in Sweden until the age of 17, when he moved to the US to play college basketball for four seasons with Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Taylor is the only player in the college’s history to rank in the Top 10 in career scoring (1,897), rebounding (752) and steals (146).

The Bobcats, a new and struggling team in the NBA, was founded in 2004 and purchased by Jordan in 2010. The team, which snapped up college sensation Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall draft pick, finished the 2011-12 season with a 7-59 record.

After being picked by the Bobcats, Taylor is set to join Jonas Jrebko as the second Swede to play in the NBA

Jrebko has enjoyed success with the Detroit Pistons since 2010, averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Jrebko recently announced he would be playing for Sweden in the summer league during the NBA’s off season.

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Sweden suspend NBA star over assault charge

The Swedish Basketball Federation has slapped a one-year ban on suspended Sweden basketball player Jeffery Taylor who holds dual US-Swedish citizenship and is at the centre of a probe into a domestic assault charge in Michigan.

Sweden suspend NBA star over assault charge
Sweden's Jeffery Taylor (14) in action against Turkey in 2013. AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Taylor was arrested and charged in September in East Lansing, Michigan.

The 25-year-old is accused of one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

"Violence is not part of our sport, whether on the court or outside the court. On that basis, the committee director has decided that Jeffery Taylor will not play for the national team during the 2014-15 season," said the Swedish Basketball Federation's president Hans von Uthmann in a statement.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel early in the morning.

Taylor was about to enter his third season in the NBA, with the Charlotte Hornets.

He has not played an NBA match for the Hornets since his arrest, and is set to face 18 months under surveillance in Sweden and 26 months in a rehabilitation programme, although the NBA and the Charlotte organisation have yet to hand down their official punishment.

The 25-year-old was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden and has resided in the US since 2006. 

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