Welcome to Philly Mr. Okafor: 2015 Draft Review

The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t leave the Barclays Center with who everyone thought they were going to draft, (D’Angello Russell). The Lakers picked up the phenom guard out of Ohio State at #2 before the Sixers could take their shot at him. With their target prospect gone before their eyes, many people wondered who the 76ers would take at #3. With already having two stud big men the field seemed to be wide open. However GM Sam Hinkie did what any smart GM would do, regardless of pieces, take the best player on the board. And that is exactly what the 76ers did, with the 3rd overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor, the freshman center out of Duke. With some of the best post moves seen in years out of a college big, the Sixers just couldn’t pass him up. When a team is in the rebuilding phase that Philadelphia is in right now, it doesn’t matter that you already have two centers, you take the best player you can get. You build your assets. So that when the time comes, you have weapons in the back of your pocket when need be. The harsh reality of the current situation in Philly is that yes, one of the three stud big men, either Jahlil, Joel, or Nerlens will have to find a new home. But that is the reality of playing in the NBA. When it comes down to it, the best players stay and the rest move on. Although the 76ers have a lot of question marks right now when it comes to their current roster, one question they don’t have is talent. They have plenty of that, and in the case of the 5 spot, perhaps one too many. As for Jahlil, he is enjoying his time in Philly so far. His first day on the team he was in the gym by 6:30. The first one there. He has since taken to the streets to sign autographs for kids and the fans. He is embracing his new home and is excited about the future. Just as every fan of the team should be. Trust the process. Is the current motto right now and couldn’t hold more true. It may take a few more years, but it is safe to say the 76ers are headed in the right direction, and Jahlil Okafor is at the forefront.

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 25:  Jahlil Okafor, the third overall pick of the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks at a press conference during the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Mark Westcott /NBAE via Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, NY – JUNE 25: Jahlil Okafor, the third overall pick of the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks at a press conference during the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Mark Westcott /NBAE via Getty Images)