Okafor Is Free At Last!!!

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Center, Jahlil Okafor, Guard Nik Staukas, and a 2nd round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, to the Brooklyn Nets for Forward Trevor Booker. By completing this trade the 76ers ended the never-ending Okafor saga, and have given Okafor his chance to play consistently for an NBA franchise.

In the trade the 76ers acquired Trevor Booker, a two-way player who has a very reliable three-point shot and can spread the floor for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Booker also brings veteran leadership that the 76ers need to help the development of Embiid and Simmons.

Booker is averaging 10.1 points per game, and grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game during the 2017-2018 NBA Season. Booker should be a very good replacement for Jahlil Okafor.

The acquisition of Booker also shows that the 76ers are ready to be playoff contenders now and not later.

The 76ers selected Okafor with the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Okafor had a lot of promise as a deadly low post scorer. Okafor delivered in his rookie season averaging 17.5 points per game, grabbing 7.0 rebounds per game, and averaging 1.2 blocks per game.

Okafor proved he had the skills to be a successful player in the NBA. However, the one weakness in his game was that he was a defensive liability, his footspeed was not fast enough to keep up with NBA players.

Okafor lost his starting spot to a returning Joel Embiid, and most people believed he could be a quality bench player for the 76ers, but the team could not find a role for Okafor due to the offense being built around Embiid.

Okafor had a great offseason he lost a lot of weight, was developing a three-point shot, and by all accounts had improved his defensive footwork.  The 76ers used Okafor very sparingly this season. He has only played in one game this season, and Okafor looked extremely rusty in that one game against the Celtics.

This trade should be very beneficial for Okafor who finally gets a chance to consistently play for the Nets. He also gets a chance to show that he is not an old-school player whose skills would be better suited for the NBA of the late 80s and early 90s.

Okafor is finally free from the 76ers and should be a very good player for a long time in the NBA, especially now that he will get consistent minutes from an NBA franchise.

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