Jahlil Okafor

Jahlil Okafor

28-Year-Old CenterC
 Free Agent  Foreign  
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$Signed a one-year, $2.09 million contract with the Hawks in September of 2021. Waived by the Hawks in October of 2021.
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Jahlil Obika Okafor was born in 1995 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of the late Decresha Lanett Benton and Chukwudi (Chuck) Obika Okafor. He has one older sister and two younger brothers. Chuck played basketball at Westark Community College, West Texas A&M and Carl Albert State College. Decresha also played basketball at Carl Albert. For high school, Okafor stayed in Chicago and attended Whitney Young High School, where First Lady Michelle Obama also went. As a high school senior, Okafor averaged 24.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, leading Whitney Young to the Illinois Class 4A title while earning national player of the year awards from McDonald's, USA Today and Parade Magazine. He was also co-MVP of both the 2014 McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Playing for USA Basketball, Okafor earned gold medals at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 tournament. He is a distant cousin of NBA veteran Emeka Okafor and enjoys playing the saxophone and the tuba. He is also an avid chess player. Fans can follow him on Twitter (@JahlilOkafor) and Instagram (jah8). In his one season (2014-15) at Duke, Okafor showed a polished low-post game that helped him win ACC Player of the Year. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 17.3 points (on 66.4 % shooting), 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest. He helped Duke win its first 14 games by scoring at least 12 points in every contest. On Dec. 14, Okafor bullied Elon for 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, one of his 11 double-doubles. On Feb. 25, he scored 30 points on 13-of-18 from the field in a win over Virginia Tech. He helped the Blue Devils win their last 10 ACC regular-season games. In the run to the National Championship, the center averaged 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per NCAA Tournament game. The ACC Rookie of the Year helped the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin in the 2015 title game by generating 10 points despite getting into early foul trouble. After one season under coach Mike Kryzyewski, Okafor submitted his name for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Signs with Spanish club
CFree Agent
July 17, 2023
Okafor (lower body) signed a one-year contract Monday with Basket Zaragoza of Spain's Liga ACB, Albert De Roa of HoopsHype.com reports.
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Okafor was playing for the Mexico City Capitanes in the G League last season before developing a lower-body injury. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft hasn't played in an NBA regular-season game since 2020 with the Pistons, but he 'll likely garner a prominent role overseas.
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How does Jahlil Okafor compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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True Shooting %
64.4%
 
Effective Field Goal %
62.7%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
8.8%
 
Free Throw Rate
23.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
7.1%
 
Defensive Rebound %
14.3%
 
Total Rebound %
10.6%
 
Assist %
6.2%
 
Steal %
0.8%
 
Block %
1.3%
 
Turnover %
14.2%
 
Usage %
16.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
9.5
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.7
 
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A 2015 third overall pick of the 76ers, Okafor's surprisingly nomadic NBA journey continued this offseason with the signing of a two-year deal with the Pistons after prior stops in Brooklyn and New Orleans. The big man is coming off two solid seasons with the Pelicans, and he managed to post a career-high 62.3 field-goal percentage during the 2019-20 campaign. Okafor complemented that figure with averages of 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 15.6 minutes, strong numbers relative to playing time. Okafor's 2020-21 outlook in the Motor City is interesting, as the young veteran will presumably slot in behind offseason acquisition Mason Plumlee and rookie 16th overall pick Isaiah Stewart on the depth chart to begin the campaign. However, Plumlee has never averaged more than 26.5 minutes per game at any point in his seven seasons, and that figure was accomplished back when the big man was 26 years old. Meanwhile, Stewart is only 19 and has a single season of college experience on his resume, so Okafor could be in for at least a slight boost in the amount of opportunity he saw with New Orleans over the last pair of campaigns, enough to make him an interesting late-round consideration in deeper formats.
Okafor appeared in a career-high 59 games in 2018-19 while accumulating averages of 8.2 points (58.6 FG%, 66.3 FT%), 4.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.3 steals in 15.8 minutes. Based on those solid counting stats in limited playing time, it's not really surprising that in 24 starts Okafor offered 13.9 points (61.3 FG%, 64.4 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 0.9 assists and 0.4 steals in 25.6 minutes per game. An improved diet and focus level helped him flourish in the aftermath of the Anthony Davis trade request, and Okafor took full advantage of his opportunities. Okafor figures to remain in a reserve role behind newcomer Derrick Favors and may have to fight off rookie Jaxson Hayes for the primary backup big man gig. It's also possible that the duo of rookie power forwards, Zion Williamson and Nicolo Melli, will steal some center minutes in small-ball lineups. As such, Okafor might have to scratch and claw just to match his stats from last season.
After what was a wasted season in 2017-18, Okafor signed a two-year deal with the Pelicans in hopes of reviving his young career. After being freed from Philadelphia, Okafor was barely able to get into the rotation during his time with the Nets, and while the Pelicans aren't exactly stacked up front, Okafor will still have plenty of work cut out for him if he's to see anything close to meaningful minutes. The former No. 3 overall pick has worked his way into notably better shape this offseason, but it remains to be seen whether that will translate to an overall game better suited to the modern NBA, particularly on the defensive end, where the bulk of his struggles have come.
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.
Following a decorated freshman season at Duke, Okafor was drafted third overall by the Sixers and assumed starting center duties right away. While he flourished as the team’s top scoring threat in the frontcourt from the outset, off-court concerns dogged Okafor early in his rookie season. In just the first two months of the season, Okafor was involved in an altercation outside a nightclub, had a gun pulled on him in another altercation and was cited for driving 108 miles per hour. The collection of misdeeds resulted in the 76ers handing him a two-game suspension in early December, but Okafor seemed to respond well after that, both from a performance and maturity standpoint. He would go on to finish the campaign with averages of 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game over 53 appearances before his season was cut short in March after he was diagnosed with a slight tear in his right meniscus. Okafor is healthy heading into his second season, but despite his impressive box-score contributions as a rookie, the jury remains out on his ability to be a difference maker on the defensive end. At 6-foot-11 and 275 pounds, Okafor is heftier than most centers, but lacks the athleticism to guard the perimeter or protect the rim. Moreover, he frequently didn’t mesh well with Nerlens Noel, a natural center who was often forced to play power forward due to Okafor’s inability to match up with stretch-four types. Things will get only more complicated for Sixers coach Brett Brown in 2016-17 when former No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid joins the rotation following a two-year absence due to foot injury, making it likely that the organization will eventually have to deal away either Okafor or Noel to clear up the logjam down low. For now, the presence of Noel and Embiid along with the addition of top overall pick Ben Simmons, who is projected to start at power forward, could mean a slightly decreased role for Okafor in Year 2, though he should remain the team’s best low-post scorer whenever he’s on the floor.
After a successful college campaign at Duke University culminated in an NCAA title, Okafor was selected third overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the 76ers, one year after they chose Joel Embiid at the same slot. During his lone collegiate season, the 19-year-old center averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 0.8 steals in 30 minutes. Okafor completed 66 percent of his shots from the field and 51 percent of his free-throw attempts. Through a five-game stint at summer league, he averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 31 minutes per game, marred by his 45-percent mark from the field and 41-percent accuracy at the free-throw line. Okafor enters the league as an accomplished post player, and his solid footwork, soft touch, and opportunity on a non-playoff roster make him the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year. However, for all of his tantalizing box score stats, Okafor's struggles in summer league exposed a few fatal flaws, namely his lack of elite athleticism, below-the-rim presence, and inability to create necessary space against lengthy defenders. Coach Brett Brown requires peak physical condition from his players in order to run their up-tempo offense, and Okafor will have to match satisfy Brown's expectations if he's going to thrive in the league.
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Hits injured list
CMexico City Capitanes   G League
Lower Body
December 29, 2022
The Capitanes placed Okafor (lower body) on the injured list Wednesday.
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Absent from win
CMexico City Capitanes   G League
Lower Body
December 27, 2022
Okafor didn't appear in Thursday's win over Westchester due to a lower-body injury.
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Posts double-double Tuesday
CMexico City Capitanes   G League
December 8, 2022
Okafor generated 26 points (12-19 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, an assist and a block in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 126-112 win over Memphis.
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Nears double-double in loss
CMexico City Capitanes   G League
November 26, 2022
Okafor logged 21 points (8-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in 41 minutes during Friday's 99-89 loss to Lakeland.
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Leading scorer off bench
CMexico City Capitanes   G League
November 24, 2022
Okafor posted 30 points (13-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 116-112 win over the Vipers.
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