The third overall pick in the 2015 draft has had a tumultuous two seasons in Philadelphia. As a rookie, he was the starting center right out of the gate, a job he held any time he was healthy. He was involved in multiple early-season, late-night, off-court incidents. On the... read more
The third overall pick in the 2015 draft has had a tumultuous two seasons in Philadelphia. As a rookie, he was the starting center right out of the gate, a job he held any time he was healthy. He was involved in multiple early-season, late-night, off-court incidents. On the court, however, he showed promise, leading the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game, while adding 7.0 rebounds in 30.0 minutes. His season ended after a meniscus tear in March, cutting off his rookie year after only 53 games, but there was guarded optimism about his future potential. He made it through his sophomore season without any off-court incidents, but his play, and his workload, took a significant step backwards. He averaged only 22.7 minutes and played in only 50 games, and most of his missed contests were due to further knee problems – though there were a few healthy scratches when he seemed on the brink of being traded. Both his per game totals and his per-36 minute stats got worse in almost every category, and he enters his third season as the likely third string center, behind Joel Embiid and 2015 second-round pick Richaun Holmes. Holmes ended 2016-17 as the 76ers starting center, after Embiid and Okafor had both been ruled out for the season. Holmes played well, showing more athleticism and versatility than Okafor. Okafor has not yet shown any ability to masquerade as a power forward, but even if he had, the 76ers don’t have extra power forward minutes available, as it is the natural position of recent lottery picks Ben Simmons and Dario Saric, as well as free agent signing Amir Johnson. The 76ers have invested heavily in Okafor, and they are likely to try to find opportunities that might re-energize his career, but based on the current state of affairs, he is unlikely to have much Fantasy value outside of deep leagues unless injuries open up the depth chart ahead of him.