Best Jahlil Okafor Trade Options

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Jahlil Okafor finds himself in a bad position this offseason. His team is primed to get Ben Simmons with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid both still on the roster. The 76ers cannot keep all of them on the roster and give them ample playing time, and Okafor is the most marketable after a rookie season in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. These trade options get the 76ers a very good player in exchange for Okafor, a player oozing with potential.

Indiana Receives: Jahlil Okafor, Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas

Philadelphia Receives: Monta Ellis, 20th overall pick

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Potential Indiana Depth:

PG: Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson*, Joseph Young

SG: C.J. Miles, Rodney Stuckey, Nik Stauskas

SF: Paul George, Solomon Hill*, Glenn Robinson

PF: Myles Turner, Carl Landry, Lavoy Allen, Rakeem Christmas

C: Jahlil Okafor, Ian Mahinmi*, Jordan Hill*

50th overall pick in 2016

 

Potential Philadelphia Depth:

PG: Ish Smith*, Isaiah Canaan**, T.J. McConnell, Kendall Marshall

SG: Monta Ellis, Hollis Thompson**

SF: Robert Covington, Jerami Grant

PF: Ben Simmons, Richaun Holmes, Christian Wood

C: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Elton Brand*

20th, 24th, and 26th overall picks in 2016

 

The Indiana Pacers enjoyed a good season in which they finished with with a respectable 45-37 record and the league’s 3rd most efficient defense. What held the Pacers back was their 25th ranked offense. Monta Ellis was supposed to be that second option behind Paul George, but Ellis struggled mightily. He only averaged 13.8 points on 42.7% shooting in 33.8 minutes per game. The fit for Ellis in the back court as a non-perimeter shooter is questionable. Ellis could be used as a 6th man for this team, but Rodney Stuckey plays the same role well, and Stuckey is younger and cheaper as well. The Pacers would make much more use of Nik Stauskas, a young player (22) who still has lottery potential when he was selected 8th overall in 2014, Carl Landry, a great back-up power forward (.176 win shares per 48 minutes last year,) and Okafor, a piece of their future for years to come.

The 76ers benefit in this trade too. They get Monta Ellis, who, while he disappointed with Indiana, on a team in need of scoring, could thrive. Ellis played excellently on the fast paced Dallas and Golden State teams, on which he was a primary scorer, and the 76ers played the 6th fastest pace in the league. That 20th overall pick can be used to acquire more perimeter shooting from their back court.

Boston Receives: Jahlil Okafor

Philadelphia Receives: Marcus Smart, 23rd overall pick

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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Potential Boston Depth:

PG: Isaiah Thomas, Terry Rozier

SG: Avery Bradley, R.J. Hunter, James Young

SF: Jae Crowder, Evan Turner*, Coty Clarke

PF: Amir Johnson, Jared Sullinger**, Jonas Jerebko, Jordan Mickey

C: Jahlil Okafor, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller**

3rd, 16th, 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st, and 58th overall picks in 2016 NBA draft

 

Potential Philadelphia Depth:

PG: Marcus Smart, Ish Smith*, T.J. McConnell, Kendall Marshall

SG: Hollis Thompson**, Isaiah Canaan**, Nik Stauskas

SF: Robert Covington, Jerami Grant

PF: Ben Simmons, Carl Landry, Richaun Holmes, Christian Wood

C: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Elton Brand*

23rd, 24th, and 26th overall picks in 2016

 

Boston enjoyed a good season last year behind great play from all-star point guard Isiah Thomas. They went 48-34, and fought a very competitive six game series against the Atlanta Hawks. There was a lot of speculation that they needed a “go-to player” despite Thomas’ all-star season. Okafor, being the big 6’11” 275 pound specimen he is, oozes with big play potential.  The Celtics already have Thomas, Terry Rozier, and Evan Turner all able to play point guard, so Smart is a luxary rather than a necessity. If the Celtics can get a potential franchise big man like Okafor for their current back up point guard and one of their many draft picks in this draft, then they should absolutlely capitalize on that opportunity.

For Philadelphia, Smart is a very bright young player. He was one of the most highly touted prospects in a very hyped 2014 draft class. He was the 9th ranked player out of high school in 2012, and an All-American at Oklahoma State. He thrived as a back up point guard for a playoff team. Smart stepped up even more in the playoffs, he had 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals in a critical game four win. Smart only had one playoff game in which he didn’t have double digit points this year. The 23rd pick in the draft can be used to add the needed perimeter shooting.

 

Toronto Receives: Jahlil Okafor, 24th overall pick

Philadelphia Recieves: Terrence Ross, Delon Wright, 9th overall

Toronto Potential Depth:

PG: Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph

SG: DeMar Derozan*, Norman Powell

SF: DeMarre Caroll, James Johnson*, Bruno Caboclo

PF: Jahlil Okafor, Patrick Patterson, Luis Scola*, Anthony Bennett*

C: Jonas Valanciunas, Bismack Biyombo*, Jason Thompson*, Lucas Nogueira

24th and 27th overall picks in 2016

 

Potential Philadelphia Depth:

PG: Delon Wright, Ish Smith*, T.J. McConnell, Kendall Marshall

SG: Terrence Ross, Hollis Thompson**, Isaiah Canaan**, Nik Stauskas

SF: Robert Covington, Jerami Grant

PF: Ben Simmons, Carl Landry, Richaun Holmes, Christian Wood

C: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Elton Brand*

9th and 26th overall picks in 2016

 

The Toronto Raptors made it very far into the playoffs this year; they took down the Pacers and Heat to force six games against the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers. They did, however, lack an efficient method of volume scoring come playoff time. Lowry and Derozan provided the volume scoring, but both players shot under 40% from the field. Jonas Valanciunas was good for 13.8 points per game on 56.7% shooting, but he was injured and only plays about 26-28 minutes per game anyways. With Okafor, Toronto would have a very bright player in the front court going forward. They would give teams problems with Okafor and Valanciunas down low.

The 76ers do this deal because they get two quality guards and a great draft pick. Terrence Ross (.100 win shares per 48 minutes) was still the 8th overall pick in 2012. He is a talented player who showed he could play in big moments during the playoffs this year. Wright (.124 win shares per 48 minutes) was a mid-first round pick in 2015. He still has potential. The 9th overall pick makes it two top-ten draft picks for the 76ers. They would love to have that kind of young talent.

 

Washington Receives: Jahlil Okafor

Philadelphia Receives: Otto Porter Jr., Kelly Oubre Jr., top-ten protected 2017 first round pick

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Potential Washington Depth:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions*

SG: Bradley Beal**, Gary Neal*, Marcus Thornton*

SF: Jared Dudley*, Garrett Temple*, Jarell Eddie

PF: Jahlil Okafor, Markieff Morris, Drew Gooden, DeJuan Blair

C: Marcin Gortat, Nene Hilario*, J.J.Hickson*, Ryan Hollins

No 2016 draft picks

 

Potential Philadelphia Depth:

PG: Ish Smith*, T.J. McConnell, Kendall Marshall

SG: Kelly Oubre Jr., Hollis Thompson**, Isaiah Canaan**, Nik Stauskas

SF: Otto Porter Jr., Robert Covington, Jerami Grant

PF: Ben Simmons, Carl Landry, Richaun Holmes, Christian Wood

C: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Elton Brand*

24th, and 26th overall picks in 2016

 

The Wizards really had a reality check last season. After being a defensively identified team, their defense became closer to mediocre, and their offense suffered too. John Wall had a superb individual season behind averaged of 19.9 points, 10.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. Bradley Beal contributed 17.4 points per game when he was healthy, but after their dynamic back court, the Wizards struggled.  Nene was not the same player this year, Paul Pierce was gone from the 2015 season, and the Wizards used a lot of players who were defensive liabilities such as Ramon Sessions, Gary Neal, Alan Anderson, and Jared Dudley. A player like Okafor would seriously revamp the front court on this team with his youth. Nene (33,) Drew Gooden (34,) Marcin Gortat (31,) and Dudley (30,) just can’t run with Wall and this fast paced back court.

The 76ers do this to get some versatility. Otto Porter can play the two through the four on the court, and he does so well. Porter (.116 win shares per 48 minutes) showed why he was taken 3rd overall in 2013. He was that “glue guy” kind of player, making the Wizards 2.7 points per 100 possessions better while on the court. Porter is still just 22 years old, and he has room to improve even more than he already has. Oubre is a player who has a lot of talent. He was an All-American in 2014, and he has the size (6’7″ and 205 pounds) to be successful in the NBA.

Los Angeles Receives: Jahlil Okafor

Philadelphia Receives: D’Angelo Russell

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Potential Los Angeles Depth:

PG: Jordan Clarkson**, Marcelo Huertas**

SG: Louis Williams, Nick Young

SF: Brandon Ingram, Anthony Brown, Metta World Peace*

PF: Julius Randle, Brandon Bass*, Larry Nance Jr. Ryan Kelly**

C: Jahlil Okafor, Roy Hibbert*, Tarik Black**, Robert Sacre*

32nd overall pick in 2016

 

Potential Philadelphia Depth:

PG: D’Angelo Russell, Ish Smith*, T.J. McConnell, Kendall Marshall

SG: Hollis Thompson**, Isaiah Canaan**, Nik Stauskas

SF: Robert Covington, Jerami Grant

PF: Ben Simmons, Carl Landry, Richaun Holmes, Christian Wood

C: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Elton Brand*

24th and 26th overall picks in 2016

 

The Lakers likely should have taken Okafor 2nd overall in the original 2015 draft, but with this trade, they can get him in exchange for the actually 2nd overall pick (Russell.) Roy Hibbert failed in his one year as a Laker. After playing at a level of a defensive player of the year candidate in Indiana, Hibbert anchored the dead last placed defense in the NBA this season. Even if he was successful, Hibbert is an unrestricted free agent along with fellow teammate big men Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre with Tarik Black being a restricted free agent himself. There is no better a time to acquire a great young big like Okafor, especially with the whole charade that came out about D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young. A Jordan Clarkson, Louis Williams, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Jahlil Okafor starting line-up could be a lot worse.

The 76ers do this to get a guard with high potential straight up for Okafor. They likely would have taken Russell last season had LA not snagged him one pick earlier. Russell was a high school all-american, a college all-american as a freshman, and a member of the All-NBA rookie 2nd team. The talent is there, and Russell would be the clear cut best guard on the 76ers.

 

New Orleans Receives: Jahlil Okafor, Carl Landry, 24th overall pick, 26th overall pick

Philadelphia Receives: Jrue Holiday, 6th overall pick

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Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Potential New Orleans Depth:

PG: Tyrke Evans, Norris Cole*, Tim Frazier**, Toney Douglas

SG: Eric Gordon*, Bryce Deejan-Jones, Jordan Hamilton*

SF: Dante Cummingham, Alonzo Gee*, Luke Babbitt, James Ennis**

PF: Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson*, Carl Landry

C: Jahlil Okafor, Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca, Kendrick Perkins*

24th, 26th, 39th, and 40th overall picks in 2016

 

Potential Philadelphia Depth:

PG: Jrue Holiday, Ish Smith*, T.J. McConnell, Kendall Marshall

SG: Hollis Thompson**, Isaiah Canaan**, Nik Stauskas

SF: Robert Covington, Jerami Grant

PF: Ben Simmons, Richaun Holmes, Christian Wood

C: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Elton Brand*

6th overall pick in 2016

 

The New Orleans Pelicans took a bigger step backwards last season than anyone could have seen coming as Golden State assistant Alvin Gentry came over in 2015. After an MVP level season in 2014-2015, Anthony Davis took a small step back last season. Everyone else followed suit, the 45 win team became a 30 win team because of injuries and a lack of defensive efficiency (27th.) Okafor could join Anthony Davis down low to form a more formidable front court, something that Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca, and Kendrick Perkins just couldn’t do. The Pelicans also get Landry to replace the free agent Ryan Anderson, and the 24th and 26th picks to get more than just 10-day contract players on the roster.

The 76ers do this to get their point guard back. Holiday was the star guard of this team from 2008 to 2013,  a time represented by playoff appearances for Philadelphia. He was an NBA all-star in 2013 behind a spectacular year before he was traded to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel. He would be a good fit now that the team has a better roster with Simmons, Noel, Embiid and that 6th overall pick New Orleans would also be sending, who is going to be a highly potent player.

 

Phoenix Receives: Jahlil Okafor, Carl Landry

Philadelphia Receives: Brandon Knight, 13th overall pick

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Potential Phoenix Depth:

PG: Eric Bledsoe, Ronnie Price*, Phil Pressey*,

SG: Devin Booker, John Jenkins, Archie Goodwin

SF: T.J. Warren, P.J. Tucker, Chase Budinger*

PF: Jahlil Okafor, Carl Landry, Mirza Teletovic*, Jon Leuer, Alan Williams

C: Tyson Chandler, Alex Len, Cory Jefferson*

 

Potential Philadelphia Depth:

PG: Brandon Knight, Ish Smith*, T.J. McConnell, Kendall Marshall

SG: Hollis Thompson**, Isaiah Canaan**, Nik Stauskas

SF: Robert Covington, Jerami Grant

PF: Ben Simmons, Richaun Holmes, Christian Wood

C: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Elton Brand*

13th, 24th, and 26th overall picks in 2016

 

The Suns were another team that was filled with 10-day contract players. After star Eric Bledsoe got injured, things went very downhill from there. People got injured frequently, and the Suns lost a lot of gamds. One of their main issues was at power forward, where the Suns rode with Mirza Teletovic. Okafor, however, would provide some youth and polish to a Suns front court that included Tyson Chandler and Alex Len. Playing alongside either of those two would give matchups a hard time defensively. Landry would also address the power forward situation.

The 76ers do this trade to get Brandon Knight, who despite everything, did average 20 points per game on a starting level team. Knight was also very smart in the class room, The Knight becomes a dynamic shooter to play alongside Simmons and the other big men. That 13th overall pick also helps them get  another wing okay.

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