With the third pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor. He was a former number one high school recruit going into college and was scouted as a top talent in the draft at the time.
Fast forward 2 years later…
Okafor has played only one game so far in the 2017-2018 season and is on the verge of being traded from the 76ers.
He showed promise when he was drafted averaging 17.5 Points and 7.0 rebounds but his production was soon overlooked by many off-court issues, including a street fight in Boston, and his rookie season ending prematurely with a knee injury.
When he came back for the following season he was stuck trying to find himself minutes
between the emerging stardom of Joel Embiid, while also having Richaun Holmes and Nerlens Noel on the roster (although he was eventually traded to the Mavs) Okafor was always able to give the team great post offense but lacked the interior defense that coach Brown’s system relied on.
The Sixers did not pick up the 4th year option, which indicated that he is not in the team’s long-term plans. Not long after Jahlil Okafor requested for a trade or a buyout. As of Right now, the Sixers won’t buy out his contract as they want something in return for the former number 3 pick.
With a buyout not in the foreseeable future, the Sixers will search in the trade market to get whatever assets they can get for a player that was once seen as a franchise cornerstone as he continues to ride the Sixers bench.