Brooklyn Nets trade Trevor Booker for Jahlil Okafor


The Brooklyn Nets upgraded their front court after trading for Jahlil Okafor. The third overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Okafor was dissatisfied for riding the pine for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The trade was made official on Thursday, according to the NBA’s website. The Brooklyn Nets traded Trevor Booker for Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a second round pick. Scouts considered Okafor a generational talent heading into the draft, but the Sixers have not played him much. Granted, they have Joel Embiid.

But, he is still better than Timofey Mozgov, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller. While the trio has done surprisingly well, there was still much to be had. None of them had a ton of offensive talent. And that is exactly what Okafor brings.

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While Okafor is not the best defender, pairing him with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson should make for a great one-two punch. The Hyphen is an incredibly pesky defender, while Okafor has the size to match up with anyone in the paint.

However, Brooklyn had to part ways with Booker. The big man was playing some of the best offense of his career, but he had struggled on the boards, averaging 6.6 total rebounds per game compared to last season’s eight.

Okafor is unlikely to remedy the loss of rebounds. He is averaging 4.5 total boards per game on the season. He has not averaged more than seven rebounds per game in his short career.

But, he has not had many opportunities to prove himself. Okafor has only played two games this season and 103 games in his first two seasons combined. The 2015 first team All-Rookie member is notorious for his injury record. He suffered from a bout of soreness in his right knee last March.

Stauskas is not likely to make much noise for the Nets. He was perhaps the biggest bust of the 2014 NBA Draft. A talented shooter in college, his long distance range did not translate into the pros. His best performance from downtown came last season when he averaged 37 percent.

But the Nets still upgraded a front court that sorely needed an infusion of talent. With any luck, Okafor could be the big man the Nets were looking for.