Jahlil Okafor had all the makings of the next great “freak” NBA prospect: someone who stands 6’11 but moves and plays offense like someone half-a-foot shorter. The highly-touted recruit was named both the ACC Rookie of the Year and a First-Team All-ACC selection during his lone season in Durham. Seen as someone who could become a “20 and 10” machine in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Okafor with the 3rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. But while nobody questioned Okafor’s ability to score, there were major questions about whether he could play even somewhat passable defense to where he’s not a liability while on the floor.
Unfortunately, those concerns became very evident when he got to the NBA. Less than two years after drafting him, the 76ers openly shopped Okafor as aggressively as possible, eventually trading him to the Brooklyn Nets approximately two-and-a-half years after drafting him.