Prospect vs. Player: Would You Rather Have Jahlil Okafor or Joel Embiid?

February 17th, 2015 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

By the start of the 2015-16 season, the NBA should be welcoming two of its next-generation star big men.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid arrived last summer, only to be forced into spending his first year on the shelf after breaking his foot before the 2014 draft. 

Meanwhile, Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor has jumped out as arguably the top center in college hoops, and one of the best bets in the projected 2015 draft field. 

Both will be expected to make their NBA debuts next fall. And they each have centerpiece-type expectations with regard to their future outlooks. 

So, who would you rather have to build your franchise around? 


Physical Tools

While they measure out similarly in terms of height and length, Okafor has a good 30 pounds extra to bang with down low. And that should come in handy early on during the physical transition. While there isn't too much of a difference in size for guards making the jump, NBA power forwards and centers can be a whole lot more powerful than college big me ...

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