NBA Draft: 76ers get A- for picking Jahlil Okafor at No. 3

With the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Sixers select Jahlil Okafor.

Heading into the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers already had a couple of franchise building blocks in the frontcourt in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. Now they have yet another large and talented center. His name is Jahlil Okafor.

For months, everybody’s expected Karl-Anthony Towns and Okafor to be the two top picks in this draft. At the last minute, the Lakers took D’Angelo Russell. The Sixers could have taken a guard like Emmanuel Mudiay or Mario Hezonja, but clearly general manager Sam Hinkie thought Okafor was simply the best player available.

Okafor is one of the best post players college basketball has ever seen, so it’s obvious what Philadelphia liked about his game. There are many questions about his ability on the other end, but playing with Noel and/or Embiid means that his deficiencies will be somewhat covered up. This is still sort of a strange fit, but the Sixers have years to sort that out.

CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore gave the Sixers an A- for the pick.

Here's a look at Okafor's shot chart during his one season at Duke.

Click here to follow along as Matt grades every pick.

Here’s Okafor’s scouting report from NBA Draft Expert Sam Vecenie.

"Okafor is likely the best post scorer to enter the NBA draft in the past decade. He has a vast array of polished moves that make him virtually unstoppable on the block, as well as the length to finish over defenses. However, he's a flawed prospect. His defense this season was questionable as Duke had him avoid fouls at all cost, and his ability to move on the perimeter is questionable. Still, he is an elite talent that will likely be an NBA all-star someday."

Duke's Jahlil Okafor is an elite talent with a post game arguably second to none. (USATSI)
Duke's Jahlil Okafor is an elite talent with a post game arguably second to none. (USATSI)
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