2. Jahlil Okafor
C (Duke - Freshman)
19.3 years old | 6'11" | 272 lbs
2013-14 NCAA (38 GP)
17.3 PPG 8.6 RPG 1.3 APG 31.0 PER
Jahlil Okafor 2015 NBA Draft Scouting Video - Strengths
The Knicks sported the second worst offense in the NBA last year, and thus could clearly use a shot in the arm on this end of the floor. It remains to be seen how good of a fit Okafor is alongside the ball-dominant, mid to low-post oriented Carmelo Anthony, but it's not clear how the former superstar fits into New York's future at all. The Knicks' old-fashioned Triangle offense made them one of the most post-up heavy teams in the NBA last year, and that is Okafor's specialty. His passing ability will be very attractive here.
From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com/#ixzz3YcdrVck3
2. New York Knicks – Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke
For the last few years, scouts have raved about Okafor’s advanced post game and that he could be the next great prospect with a dominating back-to-the-basket game.
It’s true Okafor has a great post presence and is very sound fundamentally, and if he can add some range to his repertoire … watch out. But for now, he is an atrocious FT shooter (51 percent) but a beast in the paint (17.3 ppg, .664 FG pct.)
While Duke cut down the nets in Indianapolis, Okafor was a key player as a true freshman. But scouts will need to see Okafor pass the eye test and measure out at the NBA Combine, as concerns about his conditioning and lack of explosion will follow him during the pre-draft workouts.
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I think big j was sayin' the same thing about him at the beginning of the season...
Y'all already know my views on Okafor but I think he'll end up being a more effective player than Lopez.
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big_j_NY wrote:Skillset-wise, he is better than Lopez was as a freshman in college. So I agree with your statement, KFSF.
But otherwise, I don't see Okafor making dramatic improvements defensively due to his lack of athleticism...........and at best, his defense will be as good as Brook Lopez's defense
Don Che wrote:agreed...he's gonna look worse defensively in the NBA...and ina year or 2..he's gonna look like he did this year with college kids..in the NBA.
This pick..in our situation..needs to be EXCEPTIONAL...no moral victories with this pick. We dont have one next year..we swap the year after that and our best player is 30.
So I'm not in this to save face..we need the homerun here to survive...unless we trade Melo for picks/young talent and go from there(which I'm totally down for) but if we aren't..we gotta draft a stud.
nazrmohamed wrote:But I'm not on the market for the guy who will be a star the fastest. My star is going to be signed in free agency in terms of players who need to be championship ready next year. My rookie Id rather be well rounded, but then still will become a star maybe in three years. At every step up until that point he'll still be a solid starter....just not the secondary focal point of my offense. That role I hope to give to Aldridge or Monroe.
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