Jahlil Okafor is the first player the Sixers have gotten on the court during this seemingly perpetual rebuild that can be a true cornerstone player for a franchise. He may not develop into a transcendent player, but he’s going to be good and should be a big part of the Sixers’ future.
That brings us to the prediction of a Sixers fan in this latest PBT Extra bold predictions preview with Jenna Corrado: Is Okafor the Sixers best player already and can he win Rookie of the Year?
Yes and yes.
He’s going to have to show growth as the season goes on; he’s going to have to adjust to NBA defenders plus plenty of double teams. But Okafor both has the skill and is going to get the touches to potentially win Rookie of the Year. It’s likely him or Emmanuel Mudiay of Denver.
All of this makes the Sixers more interesting to watch this season. Not good, but interesting.