The New Orleans Pelicans continued to remake their frontcourt over the offseason, as the team inked former Duke standout Jahlil Okafor to a deal.
Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, spent much of last season with the Brooklyn Nets following a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. The former phenom will join Julius Randle as new frontcourt mates for star center Anthony Davis in New Orleans.
According to ESPN, the deal gives Okafor a partial contract guarantee for the upcoming 2018-19 season and a team option for 2019-2020.
Both Randle, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Okafor will transform a frontcourt that once included DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins and Davis formed a dominant big man duo, but the former tore his Achilles last season and opted for a 1-year prove-it deal with the Golden State Warriors.
Okafor, while extremely skilled around the basket, is built in the mold of an old-school center. He possesses good touch around the rim and has a host of moves, but he doesn’t stretch the floor or showcase tremendous athleticism. Still, Okafor is just Okafor 22 years old and earned a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie team in 2016.
As a rookie, Okafor tallied 17.5 PPG and 7 RPG with the Sixers.
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