Jahlil Okafor fell to the Sixers in this summer's draft, and even though Philadelphia's roster is more in need of a point guard than a big man at this point, the team grabbed Okafor with the third overall pick while sticking to their “best available player” strategy.
According to a survey of NBA general managers, the Sixers are likely to be very pleased with their selection.
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When asked who they believed would come away with Rookie of the Year honors, here's how the voting shook out:
A combination of having an NBA-ready offensive skill set and getting a heavy dose of minutes should certainly make Okafor one of the favorites.
1. Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia — 44.8%
2. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota — 34.5%
3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver — 13.8%
Also receiving votes: D'Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers; Myles Turner, Indiana