Jahlil Okafor Shines in First Pro Experience
The Sixers got their first glimpse of the future on Monday night.
Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points on 10-of-22 shooting with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in Monday's preseason debut against the Spurs.
While he looked a little rusty, he certainly showed why many people believed he was the best player in the draft. While he did go 0-4 from the free-throw line, he showed athleticism and the ability to score with great hands in the post.
(Listen to Sixers beat writer Bob Cooney discuss the Sixers Utah Summer league team and Jahlil Okafor)
After a quiet first half where he scored just six points, he showed his ability to score in the third quarter with eight point, scoring in a variety of ways - something the Sixers are counting on.
"I still think it's a big man's league," Sixers beat writer Bob Cooney said on the Sports Bash. "I don't question that at all.
"Give him good players and he'll make it work," Cooney said. "I'm sure it brings a twinkle to his eye, all he wants to do is coach NBA players and he certainly has one in Jahlil Okafor. He'll take anyone you throw at him and he'll coach him and coach him right."