After months and months of players and fans crying out for the Duke big man to either play or be traded everyone can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The 76ers dealt Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second round pick (via Knicks) for Tevin Booker. Honestly I thought that maybe Chicago or The Celtics would have made a move for this talented big the Nets ceased the opportunity and grabbed him which is a good move for the rebuilding process. The Nets are hurting right now with Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell out with injuries but I can’t wait until we can actually see D’Angelo and Jahlil on the floor together even though that might not be until next season.
As we all know Jahlil only played 2 games this season as Coach Atkinson did not see him as a good fit for his offense with his back to back style play plus Joel Embiid rise. Jahlil Okafor averages 14.6 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 51% FG in his career and also made the first team All-NBA Rookie team. A lot of his team mates were rejoiced for him as he gets to do what he loves and create his own legacy again rather than sit on the bench. Joel Embiid seemed the happiest as he wished Jahlil good luck and told him he can’t wait to kick his ass.
Tevin Booker is going to add more veteran experience to a 76ers squad that looks like anything but a playoff spot is failure for them with all that promising young talent playing on a very high level. He was in New Mexico with the Nets playing the OKC Thunder Thursday when he found out about the trade and sent out this tweet showing his love and appreciation for the city and the team.
Overall I am happy for Jahlil Okafor. The 6-11 center can be good in the league and I’m sure he will expand his game over time to be more than just a back to the basket center but who knows because he did say he was trying to bring the big man back. I guess he’s just going to have to evolve because they are back but just with more skills on the court. The Nets are currently 10-14 and I don’t see them making the playoffs. I mean it’s the Eastern conference and anything can happen but the East doesn’t look that weak this year. On the upside the Nets are a top 10 team in scoring (109.8 PPG) and rebounds (45.6 RPG)
What are your expectations for Jahlil Okafor? Do you think he will shine with this new opportunity?