What The Experts Are Saying About Our Draft Haul

On Thursday, the Sixers selected Duke big man Jahlil Okafor with the third-overall pick in the NBA Draft and acquired four other players in the second round. Here’s what the experts had to say about the team’s performance:

Jonathan Wasserman, BleacherReport.com: B

“Okafor has the potential to emerge as one of the game's toughest post covers. At 6'11", 270 pounds, he has the physical tools and skill level to consistently create high-percentage shots against a set half-court defense.”

Kevin O’Connor, SBNation.com: A/B

“Okafor is a rare talent with his ability to score on the low post with a plethora of moves. Few veteran big men even come close to Okafor in terms of low post scoring. The 76ers will be able to toss the ball down to Okafor on the low post and tell him to get a bucket. If the opponent double-teams him, he's a terrific passer who can deliver accurate kick out passes to open shooters.”

Scott Gleeson, USAToday.com: B

“They had six picks but only one that really mattered. With Russell off the board, the Sixers took the best talent available in Jahlil Okafor (No. 3), who could end up being more of a franchise guy than Nerlens Noel or Joel Embiid.”

Marc Spears, Yahoo.com: A

“How did Okafor enter the college basketball season as the consensus No. 1 overall pick, put up huge numbers in leading Duke to a national title and still slip from No. 1? Concerns about his pick-and-roll defense and free-throw shooting is the most obvious explanation. The 76ers already have former top-five picks Nerlens Noel and and Joel Embiid, but they couldn't resist adding Okafor too when he fell to them. Now they have to either find a trade partner or hope that Okafor's array of polished low-post moves outweigh his other flaws.”

Matt Moore, CBSSports.com: A-

“Okafor was the best player available. Philadelphia now has Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Okafor. That's too many bigs. Something's got to give, but the Sixers didn't overthink this in terms of talent.”


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