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On Monday morning, Sixers head coach Brett Brown spoke with Malik Rose and Jared Greenberg of SiriusXM NBA Radio about the talented young big man, among other topics. “To think that in three drafts you got Nerlens [Noel], and Joel [Embiid], and Jah (Jahlil Okafor), it’s quite an amazing accomplishment when you look at the quality of those bigs,” he said. “We always went into [the draft] saying, ‘Whoever the best player is, that’s who you want.’ You really can’t get tricked on trying to draft for position, I feel. And if Nerlens hadn’t gotten injured, they say [he goes] #1, if Joel hadn’t gotten injured, they say #1, and Jahlil, all year, was #1, so the [outlook] of the 2015-16 season is quite positive.”
76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor said despite increased emphasis on the perimeter game, the NBA is still a big man’s league. “For as long as I remember, big men have dominated the NBA,” Okafor said at a news conference Saturday. “People got a little excited because of what Steph Curry did — and he was fantastic. But as long as I remember, big men have been dominating and the results have been championships.”
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When asked about maybe adding a jumper to his game over time, Okafor said he’d do anything that was asked of him. Which is to his credit. But he also didn’t pretend to be something he’s not. “My bread and butter is in the post,” Okafor told reporters at the draft on Thursday evening. “That’s where I’ve always been and that’s where I’ve been most effective.”