AirP. wrote:Although some of those games were legit and against solid starters, a number of the games had lesser defensive big men starting which gave Okafor an advantage he'll usually not see moving forward(at least not as bad as he played against in those games).
Jahlil Okafor is offensively gifted and always been able to score. Yes he is getting more efficient but you should expect that from a young big in the NBA, the experience and added strength help in that regard but his defense is still subpar but now that he's "struggling" to make it in the NBA he's giving more effort on the defensive end but if he gets a "decent" contract that might change. He's a guy who wants to score and that's about it, he's the Andrew Wiggins of bigs.
So basically you calling him a bluff to change. I would too if he never worked hard to get his body right. If he does so for 2 yrs, I have some optimism that he is now dedicated. I don't expect him to be a good defender, but at least a better than Olynyk do to better shot blocking and rebounding.
I'm just saying he could be doing extra to try to get a contract and then once that happens go back to his old ways. Getting into great shape when you're out of the league trying to get into the league doesn't mean all that much to me, it reeks of desperation not just trying to get better because he wants to get better(which are the types of players I'd want). I'd personally look at Okafor's current situation as the same as some fringe player on the last year of his contract wanting a big pay day, I'm not saying I'm right about that but that's what it feels like to me.
Maybe Okafor being on the outside looking in has changed his viewpoint on needing to work to be in the NBA and/or maybe he's becoming more mature, both are possible but it's absolutely possible knowing if he works for a year or 2 he can make millions in the NBA vs having to go overseas to try to make some money.
The problem for a team that adds Okafor is keeping him happy offensively, giving him his touches, wasn't Whiteside like this and it seems almost everyone was happy with him being traded even though his advanced stats for the team looked great. Whiteside's ORTG was 112 and 111 the last 2 years and his DRTG was 99 both years, basically playing at least as a +12 per 100 possessions the last 2 years, that's pretty significant.