Andre Snellings ESPN
The Philadelphia 76ers have just exchanged with the Brooklyn Nets:
Brooklyn gets: Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second pick round
Philadelphia gets: Trevor Booker
With this exchange, the 76ers finally came to a resolution on their excess of young lottery centers. Last season, they sent Nerlens Noel displeased to the Mavericks. And now they have sent Okafor, the general team no. 3 of 2015 and member of the All-NBA Rookie team in the first team, to the Nets. But in terms of fantasy, what does this exchange mean for the people and teams involved? Let's explore
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For much of the 2014-15 college season, Okafor projected himself as potentially the first pick in the next NBA draft. It was a throwback, back to the basket, a great low-post man with a soft touch who could score the volume around the basket. He projected as a possible big man of 20-10 in the professionals, which eventually led him to the overall third position, behind Karl-Anthony Towns and D & # 39; Angelo Russell, but ahead of Kristaps Porzingis and other productive youngsters as Devin Booker, Myles Turner and Willie. Cauley-Stein.
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Okafor showed good promise as a rookie, averaging 17.5 points with 51 percent shooting from the field, seven rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 30 minutes per game. However, the questions about his defense and, finally, the presence of Noel and Joel "The Process" Embiid led Okafor to decrease the playing time and finally to abandon the rotation in Philadelphia.
In Brooklyn, Okafor definitely enters the ideal situation. In fact, earlier this week on Twitter, someone asked me if I thought Okafor would fit in well with the Oklahoma City Thunder. My answer exposed what I thought was the best fantasy scenario for a landing place for Okafor:
I do not like the setting of Okafor in OKC, because their problem is that they already have 3 volume markers and not enough ball to go around. Okafor would be another mouth to feed when Adams seems to be in better shape. Okafor's skill set would work on a bad team without offenses like Hawks, maybe
– Andre Snellings (@ProfessorDrz) December 4, 2017
While the final exchange was with Brooklyn instead of Atlanta, the same conditions exist in both places. The Nets had a hole in the center, as Timofey Mozgov fell out of the rotation and the recent starter Tyler Zeller, frankly, is not productive enough. In fact, apart from the injured Russell, there are no volume scorers on the Nets at all. Therefore, Okafor enters a situation where he could absolutely become the short-term centerpiece of the Nets' offense. And in the long term, the Nets could seek to build all their equipment around the second (Russell) and third (Okafor) draft picks of 2015.
The Nets are also designed to mitigate one of Okafor's biggest weaknesses, their relative lack of defensive ability, since they can initiate the defenders of the role players Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe. While Okafor should improve his rebounds for this lineup to work, here is the potential for Okafor to focus completely on the things he likes to do, with peers able to handle many of the things he does not like. .
The other player the Nets received in the deal, Stauskas, was not really a big rotation producer in Philadelphia and does not plan to change much in Brooklyn.
This operation looks like a victory for the Nets in general, and a big win for Okafor's fantasy prospects.
76ers get "a man"
The 76ers, very famous, have been working their way through "The Process" in the reconstruction. The Process included a long period of bad team play, which led to lottery lottery selections that could be accumulated and became young talents that would be the basis of their future.
Well, with Embiid and rookie of the year as favorite Ben Simmons in the fold, the 76ers believe they have their basic pillars in place. Add the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft to Markelle Fultz and the 20-10 guy in the second half of last season Darius Saric and the 76ers have many young talents in the closet. Okafor had completely fallen off the rotation and was stuck to the bank.
Therefore, what the 76ers wanted to add to the next step of The Process were productive NBA veterans who could help their youth mature. Enter Booker, 30, who has a game and a great determination that led 76ers coach Brett Brown to call him "a man who has done this and that and [brings] a level of toughness."
Booker could help the 76ers grow into the team they want to be. The trade also frees them from an increasingly bitter Okafor, which could be an addition by subtraction in the locker room.
However, Fantasywise, Booker's role does not seem to be as big as it was in Brooklyn. With Embiid, 6 feet and 10 Simmons, 6 feet and 10 feet from Saric and 6 feet 9 in height Robert Covington currently in the starting lineup, like Amir Johnson and Richaun Holmes available from the bench, not much space for Booker to enter and move the fantasy basketball needle.
Therefore, this operation looks like a potential victory for the 76ers as a team, but it does not represent a great benefit for Booker's fantasy prospects.
I am personally surprised that the 76ers did not get more for Okafor than this package, but it seems that they got what they wanted as a team. But when it comes to fantasy basketball, I'm very excited about this move for Okafor. So high, in fact, that I am trying to choose Okafor in all my leagues now, before this article arrives, to see if I can beat the rush.