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Okafor is the real deal

It is all media hype and misleading of scouts that Okafor is not a franchise changer such as A.Davis. But he actually is. It has been all said to Drummond about questions of his motor etc. Cousins the same way questions about attitude. Now it is defense with Okafor. The thing is he is a 18 years old kid with supreme offensive skills, he doesnt even bother to defend. He will concentrate when he will step up in an NBA game.

He has off the charts shooting percantage, ability to pass and drive the ball. He is the best prospect out of this draft and head and shoulders above the others.

If i were Orlando, i would take him for Vucevic and T.Harris (sign and trade) without even thinking.

It would be funny if Minnessotta gives Towns for Okafor and Randle. That would complete their roster.


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You know what negates his

You know what negates his supreme offensive skills in the pros?

Shooting 50% from the free throw line.

That's a pretty huge red flag for a guy who only plays one end.

I'd be very cautious about taking him first overall with that hanging around.

Oh, and before anyone mentions Shaq, he's not Shaq and he's playing in a post Hack-a-Shaq era.

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Also remember

Also, Shaq wasn't a liability on Defense like Okafor.

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And . . .

Shaq was a better FT shooter during all three of his college seasons, even shooting better than 60% one season. Okafor seems a skilled enough offensive player that he should improve his FTs, but I expect his FT shooting to get worse before it gets better, as most players shoot worse intially in the NBA than in the NCAA.

Also, Shaq was only 17 as a freshman, when he had a worse season than Okafor's. When Shaq was the same age as Okafor is now, he had a monster season, averaging 27.6/14.7 per game and having a superior true shooting %.

I think Okafor is going to be an excellent player, but he really is a pretty limited player outside of post scoring and offensive rebounding. Not only is his defense poor, but his motor is quite bad for a big man. And, while he can throw impressive passes, he is very TO-prone and actually averages fewer assists per minute than Towns does. And there really aren't a lot of big men in the NBA who are good post scorers without having a good jump shot. Okafor probably needs to work on some shot facing up in the post. He really should try to develop his bank shot to a farther range.

I think Okafor could become a capable defender, as he still is really young and learning the game, but I think he is not close to being a better prospect than Towns, who not only projects as an outstanding defender and an excellent rebounder on both ends, but is also much more versatile on offense. Even if Towns is not a dominant offensive player, his athleticism, skill and court awareness should make him effective, like a bigger version of Nene, perhaps. If Towns low-post game develops and/or his jump shot becomes dangerous, he could become a star on the offensive end, just like Okafor may be.

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Oddly, it feels like Okafor is somehow being ...

Both overrated AND underrated at the same time.

Though it's true he probably doesn't get enough credit for what he does well (at least on this forum). He is certainly not "head and shoulders above" the other top prospects, however. While nobody's perfect, his biggest flaws are:

a) FT shooting (possible to improve)

b) Extending his range beyond 15 ft (likely to improve)

c) Defending the pick-and-roll (a bit scary due to how often the play is run)

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Every team can hold for one

Every team can hold for one free throw liability. It will improve with his midrange in the long run.

He slimmed down noticably, and he will be able to defend better now.

I believe he will end up 30 10 3 1 2 somewhere in his career. In 3-5 years.

Frank Kaminsky also stated he would pick jahlil over KAT.

btw, Russell is a bust, Mudiay is Smart+MCW/2

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Because Frank Kaminsky said

Because Frank Kaminsky said Jahlil Okafor should be picked number one overall doesn't mean anything. You think Okafor will average put up 30 and 10 in a season during his career??? You have got to be kidding me. Jahlil struggled against the bigs from Utah and Gonzaga in the tourney and both of them aren't anywhere near what he will be going against in the NBA on a nightly basis. If Okafor goes against the "bigs" he dominated against Presbyterian and Army in the regular season then he will average 30 and 10. Okafor will be a good player but you have got to cut it out with this crap.

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Probably no one in this draft

Probably no one in this draft class will ever put 30 and 10 (or 30, 5 and 5 or however you want to split it).

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I'm a big fan of Okafor, I

I'm a big fan of Okafor, I think he'll be a stud in the NBA. He's a clone of al Jefferson, but IMO more developed at this stage in his career. He will get u a career 18 and 8 and Id love that from a centre all day. Yes he isn't the greatest defender, but givin time and effort I see him developing. Think Hibbert, he's a big guy but can impact game with size on defence. It's an effort and conditioning thing that I hope Okafor will work at. I'm a big fan on the sixers re build and if I'm them Id seriously consider offering lakers embiid for second Pick. His injury problems worry me, not saying he won't be a good player but scares me off a bit more. Okafor you know what your getting and I think will be a solid pro were more unknown with embiid. What are people's thoughts?

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I'm a huge fan of Okafor, had

I'm a huge fan of Okafor, had him #1 on my 2015 big board since 2013, and he hasn't moved down once.

In his prime I think he'll put up 25/12, and I think he'll be a 20/10 player consistently. No he might never be a terrific defender but he will get more experienced at positional defense and strength down low will help him in some matchups. I know not everyone feels that way, but I think he's the BPA in this draft (although I don't know where Minny is leaning). I'm willing to put this out there now, stand by and hope to be on this forum 4 years from now to see if I'm right.

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I'm a big fan of Okafor, I

I'm a big fan of Okafor, I think he'll be a stud in the NBA. He's a clone of al Jefferson, but IMO more developed at this stage in his career. He will get u a career 18 and 8 and Id love that from a centre all day. Yes he isn't the greatest defender, but givin time and effort I see him developing. Think Hibbert, he's a big guy but can impact game with size on defence. It's an effort and conditioning thing that I hope Okafor will work at. I'm a big fan on the sixers re build and if I'm them Id seriously consider offering lakers embiid for second Pick. His injury problems worry me, not saying he won't be a good player but scares me off a bit more. Okafor you know what your getting and I think will be a solid pro were more unknown with embiid. What are people's thoughts?

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Wow. I can't believe you just went there, "bmac697" ...

(About trading Embiid for Okafor.)

And you even had the nerve to say it twice, too!

I wouldn't trade Embiid for, like, FIVE Okafors! And I don't care if Embiid has to have his right foot AMPUTATED ... I'm still not making that trade!

Embiid is the best 7ft prospect to enter the NBA in almost ten years (though Gobert is a fairly close second). He's, like, literally worth his weight in gold.

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I just feel the old school

I just feel the old school brand of basketball is dead. No team has won playing with a low post first option in a decade. And even then it took a physical marvel of Shaq to do in a time when no zones were allowed.

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