This season we will see the NBA’s newest young faction the FEDS on the court together for the Sixers. The FEDS, or Fultz, Embiid, Dario, and Simmons are the cultivation of the process and are what Sixers fans have been dreaming about for the past couple of seasons. But, there is one piece of this team that is the black sheep or more forgotten one of the group. That is the 2015 third overall pick Jahlil Okafor. Whether it is because of his poor showings on the defensive end of the ball or being sidelined from nagging injuries Okafor just doesn’t get the same love as the rest of “the process.”
The one and done NCAA champ came to the Sixers and seemed to immediately put himself into bad headlines. First he was pulled over doing 108 MPH on the Ben Franklin Bridge and then shortly after that he was seen getting into a physical altercation outside of a nightclub in Boston. Despite all the bad press to begin his career Okafor finished his rookie season averaging 17.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg. His sophomore season he stats fell due to the team running all 4 centers it had on the roster and Joel Embiid carrying most of the load. With the emergence of Embiid and Saric along with Holmes showing he can be a young raw talent Okafor seemed to be moved to the back of the line. It seemed almost certain that Okafor was going to be dealt at the trade deadline but at the last minute the team dealt Nerlens Noel instead.
It seems that Okafor is going to be the big man that will lead the bench unit when Embiid is off the court, and it looks like Okafor is ready to prove that he belongs. When seen this summer Okafor said that he has lost 20 pounds during the offseason from going on a mostly vegan diet. Although the team will still have three centers on the roster could this be the year that Okafor shows that the team made the right move in keeping him?
Born and raised in Philadelphia I am 21 years old, currently attending Holy Family University studying a degree in sports management-marketing. I am a die hard Sixers fan but have love for all Philly sports teams.