76ers take Duke’s Okafor with 3rd pick in NBA draft

Maybe the 76ers give up future picks to swap Okafor and Russell? Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team’s director of statistical information. That would break the record the Wildcats set in 2012, when they had six players chosen.


Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak will be calling the shots in this year’s draft for the Lakers.

The Sixers, however, value assets over anything else, and Okafor is certainly an asset. While it seemed for a while that Embiid was on track to make a comeback, something occurred that derailed those hopes, even going so far for some to speculate that he could miss all of next year as well. Can that work?

Teams can begin negotiating with free agents July 1, and the Lakers, with about $30 million of cap room, will be looking to spend on player who will get them back to the playoffs next season. Lack of athleticism will hurt on defense, which might not make him the most ideal “franchise big man”, hard to name players who have had successful teams around them who have struggled defending the post…

Barring a draft night trade, the Sixers will have the 6-foot-11, 270-pound Okafor in a frontcourt already stocked with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. That situation transpired as GM Sam Hinkie took the heralded Duke product with the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

“Justice has always been a guy, more so than the other two, that plays with a chip on his shoulder”, Capel said.

Here’s what you should know about Okafor.

“” “I really don’t believe he’s shown weakness in defense,” Krzyzewski said. We text often. That’s one of my good friends.

Okafor is one of the best post players college basketball has ever seen, so it’s obvious what Philadelphia liked about his game.

Okafor averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in his lone season at Duke.

“I think I’m a great teammate”, Okafor said. I coach all the USA teams. “I don’t just stand on the blocks and do layups and dunks when I’m in the gym by myself”, Okafor said.

The answers to the questions the Lakers have created over the past two seasons, and with their last month of workouts, will soon be answered.

The Sixers should have no such worries with Okafor, who should be ready to go in summer league action in July.

NBA teams proved their belief that bigger always is better by selecting a center or forward – or a 6-foot-9 point guard named Magic Johnson – first overall in every draft except one from 1977 until 2008.

Russell shot 41.1% from three-point range at Ohio State while averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists as a freshman. So were Hall of Famers Kevin McHale, Pete Maravich and Dominique Wilkins. “Everyone I tell the story to, Jahlil was visibly disappointed and upset about not being on varsity and playing more”.

“No, I’ll just be chilling at the table with my family”, he said.

The Sixers finished with the worst shooting percentage inside of 10 feet in the Association per SportVU.




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