After his first summer league game as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Okafor left little doubt that he will be among the standout players in this year’s rookie class.
“I don’t try to worry myself with that kind of stuff”, McConnell said at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where the Sixers were preparing for summer league.
It will likely be a focal point of the Sixers brass to gradually inject more players capable of providing space for Okafor, considering his ability to pass out of double teams and have defenses condense down low on him. In his pro debut, Jahlil Okafor finished with a game-high twenty points to go along with nine rebounds. He also handed out three assists and grabbed two rebounds. McRae, the No. 58 pick in the 2014 draft, averaged 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 27 games with the 87ers.
That’s one of the reasons the undrafted rookie chose the franchise’s partially guaranteed deal over 14 other teams’ summer league invitations.
Jahlil Okafor had a dominant freshman season for the Blue Devils, performing as one of the top players in the country while leading Duke to their 5th national championship. Lange is now an assistant coach/director of player development. The older Bertans has a game that screams “Patty Mills”. He seemed impressively aware of the big picture view of his showing and looks to be the type of athlete that will demand more out of himself than those covering and even coaching him. He’s simply too slow and plodding to create separation against any reasonable defender, and his history as a shooter is patchy. The result doesn’t matter to the Magic’s coaching staff as much as the development of their young players, and in that area they have nothing to worry about.
Pierre Jackson, who played for the Sixers’ summer league team in Orlando previous year, is on the roster for Las Vegas.
“I just got more comfortable”, Okafor said according to Philly.com.
He did as the game went on, bouncing back from a 4-for-11 shooting start with a 7-for-11 performance in the second half.
The full severity and recovery time of the injury is yet to be seen, but it could be a major letdown for Jerrett if he’s done any sort of longer-term damage, especially in his first action of the entire summer. Hunter was 0-5 from the field and looked outclassed by fellow Boston guards Smart and Terry Rozier, finishing a minus-17 while on the floor for the night. He consistently made plays on every level. I can see why it would be easy to run the offense through Okafor because he’s not selfish and he makes good decisions and he makes them quickly.