Okafor Finally Free

We all knew it could happen. One day, Jahlil Okafor was going to be on his way out. The Brooklyn Nets, a team in dire need of production from their front court, seemed like a suitable option for the former number three overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Today, the Nets and Philadelphia 76ers have come to terms on a deal sending Trevor Booker to Philly, in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a second-round pick. The pick originally belonged to the New York Knicks, and applies for the 2019 NBA Draft. Brooklyn guard Sean Kilpatrick would get cut from the team to make room for Stauskas.

Initial Thoughts

The Nets added talent today. That’s what it’s been about since Sean Marks arrived in Brooklyn – talent acquisition mode. The Nets now roster the No. 2 and 3 picks from the 2015 draft (Russell, Okafor). This is an incredible feat considering their lack of assets before Marks arrived.

If anything, this confirms Marks’ desire to stay the course. This also lets the team develop as is, while adding talent along the way. A future core of Russell, LeVert, Hollis-Jefferson, Allen and Okafor is enticing, but it remains to be seen how each will be utilized moving forward.

An Allen/Okafor tandem could be trouble down the road for opponents. Allen is an elite rim-defender, while Okafor possesses plenty of low-post moves that can give the Nets added interior offense.

In regard to Stauskas, don’t be surprised to see him excel. Teammates with Caris LeVert in college, the former Michigan deadeye is a marksman from three-point range. He also possesses enough athleticism to effect the game in several ways. Joe Harris will surely take him under his wing. Teach em’ the ways, Joe.

Stay tuned for more details on the trade as they come. One thing is certain: Okafor and Stauskas will NOT play tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the game is taking place in Mexico.

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Born in Montreal, Canada, raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently enrolled as a junior at Miami University, where I’m completing a major in Sports Management. Two things have played significant roles in shaping me into the man I am today: family and sports. Growing up in Louisville, I was immediately attached to the sport of basketball. As shady as things may be, I’m a die-hard Louisville Cards fan. R.I.P. to the Ricky P Era, ‘twas special. I’ll be writing about the Brooklyn Nets, who hold a special place in my heart. I began following the Nets in 2009, when Louisville superstar Terrence Williams was drafted by New Jersey in the first-round. The Nets went 12-70 that year.
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Content Creator at Armchair Nets The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Born in Montreal, Canada, raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently enrolled as a junior at Miami University, where I’m completing a major in Sports Management. Two things have played significant roles in shaping me into the man I am today: family and sports. Growing up in Louisville, I was immediately attached to the sport of basketball. As shady as things may be, I’m a die-hard Louisville Cards fan. R.I.P. to the Ricky P Era, ‘twas special. I’ll be writing about the Brooklyn Nets, who hold a special place in my heart. I began following the Nets in 2009, when Louisville superstar Terrence Williams was drafted by New Jersey in the first-round. The Nets went 12-70 that year.
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