Okafor did not practice Monday due to an illness, Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
There doesn't appear to be much concern surrounding the big man's absence, as his illness appears to just be minor stomach problems. Barring any lingering problems, expect Okafor to return to the court for Wednesday's season opener against the Wizards, where he is expected to open as a reserve in the frontcourt behind Joel Embiid.
Okafor will start Monday's preseason matchup with the Celtics, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
In an effort to get a look at different lineups in the preseason, coach Brett Brown will mix it up and go with Okafor, Dario Saric and Nik Stauskas in the frontcourt Monday, as Amir Johnson moves to the bench and Robert Covington sits out to rest. Okafor played 17 minutes off the bench Friday against the Celtics, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists while shooting 5-of-7 from the field.
Okafor scored 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 17 minutes off the bench during Friday's preseason loss to the Celtics.
He's had a strong start to the exhibition schedule, but it remains unclear exactly how Okafor will fit into a Sixers frontcourt that figures to give big minutes to Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric on most nights, and which added veteran Amir Johnson in the offseason. Heading into his third NBA campaign, Okafor's best chance at repeating the production he managed in his rookie year might have to come via a trade.
Okafor provided 13 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds and two blocks across 19 minutes during Wednesday's 110-89 loss to the Grizzlies.
Okafor's role on the 76ers is a big question mark in fantasy, as he's clearly shown ability to score well in limited action but doesn't necessarily fit well within the team's scheme. His workload and production are certainly worth monitoring throughout the preseason to help gauge his potential fantasy relevance. Last year, he averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds across 22.7 minutes per contest.
Okafor expects to play roughly 15 minutes in Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The big man was shut down toward the end of last season with a knee issue, but he's since lost significant weight and reportedly showed up to camp in good shape. The former No. 3 overall pick is still on the outside looking in when it comes to the center rotation, but he'll look to use the preseason to attempt to work his way back into a consistent rotation spot. That said, Okafor is believed to be widely available via trade, so projecting his long-term value is a dubious exercise.
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