Jahlil Okafor got his trade wish and the Nets got a big man with major upside.
The former Duke standout has averaged 14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game during his three National Basketball Association seasons. Since the end of last season, they have acquired two of the top three picks in the 2015 draft: Point guard D'Angelo Russell (second pick) came from the Los Angeles Lakers, in return for veteran center Brook Lopez.
The improving Sixers (13-10) had declined their team option for next season on Okafor.
Once again, the Nets have picked up a talented player while giving up little. I have already detailed on this website why he is not a good National Basketball Association player, but here's a question for people who are somehow still PrOkafors: If he is so good, why is it that Richaun Holmes, who was drafted in the second round in Okafor's draft, and Dario Saric, who isn't even a center, are ahead of him on the center depth chart? During his career, Booker has spent the majority of his years as a backup with averages of 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per, but it's been his play while in Brooklyn that has turned heads.
Last month, Okafor told ESPN that he's been wasted on the bench this season as the Sixers refused to agree to a buyout or trade him prior to Thursday.