New Detroit Pistons center Jahlil Okafor when got pulled over going 108 mph
The Detroit Pistons accepted terms with backup center Jahlil Okafor on Friday during the very first day of the NBA’s free-agent negotiating period.
Free agents can’t formally sign with groups till midday Sunday.
It’s a two-year deal, ESPN reports.
In five NBA seasons throughout 3 teams, Okafor holds profession averages of 11 points and five rebounds, one help and 0.9 blocks in 20.4 minutes per game over 220 video games (114 starts). He shoots 53.8% from the field.
Okafor signed with Duke out of Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School as the No. 1 total player in the country in 2014, according to 247Sports.
And he measured up to the buzz in college.
Okafor was a star on Duke’s 2015 NCAA championship group, averaging 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per video game to earn national freshman of the year honors.
He went into the draft after his freshman season and was the No. 3 general pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Okafor struggled to change to the spotlight of NBA life as a novice.
In October 2015, he was associated with an argument outside of a Philadelphia bar that caused a weapon being pulled and authorities being called, according to ESPN.
That exact same month, he was captured driving 108 mph over the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia (the speed limitation apparently was just 45). And then in November 2015, he was caught in 2 battles outside a Boston nightclub, according to videos gotten by TMZ Sports.
In Might, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told a Philadelphia radio station that Okafor has actually developed after his rough start and described his early battles by doing this:
” Jahlil is a youngster that needed to go (to the NBA), because of the economics,” he stated. “He was going to be a top-three pick. … Jahlil’s maturity … This doesn’t imply he’s immature. He required to be part of a town longer. … It’s on Jahlil. He didn’t have that. He made errors that he would never make. That happens all the time. I see it all the time, not just professional athletes but kids on campus. They have liberty. It’s their very first time far from home. In his case, you’ve get money.
” In the NBA, one of the main points you battle is solitude. … You do not have that household structure. You’re having fun with men they have households. They go to work. They’re excellent guys, however it’s not there. He needed that. When he didn’t have it, he made mistakes he is accountable for. Nobody else is accountable for that.”
Okafor hasn’t measured up to the hype as a No. 3 total choice, particularly after his rookie season of 2015-16, when he averaged 17.5 points per video game on a 10-win Sixers team and was called to the All-Rookie first string.
Considering that then, his points-per-game average has actually dipped from 11.8 in 2016-17 to 8.1 last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.
In general, his video game has actually been phased out in the NBA, where the league has moved far from conventional post-up centers who also aren’t proficient passers or protectors.
Okafor, 6-feet-10 and 270 pounds, has lost weight over the last few years in an effort to remain on the court defensively. And though he doesn’t frequently develop offense for others, making him a liability in today’s NBA, he’s still a force when the ball is in his hands.
Chris Thomas is the sports editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.