The New Orleans Pelicans may be reeling from the trade demand of superstar Anthony Davis, but the play of Jahlil Okafor has to be a silver lining in a sad situation.
Pelicans’ head coach Alvin Gentry, in particular, has taken notice of Okafor’s strong play taking over the starting job during Davis’ absence.
Okafor has posted strong numbers over the past 5 games as starting center, averaging 21.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per contest during that span.
“Well he just played — he’s been really good in what we’re trying to do,” Gentry said, according to Kyle Schnitzer of the New York Post. “It’s not like we’re just taking the ball and every time throwing it to him in the post. He’s been stepping out on the floor, screening. He’s done a great job of rolling in the pocket and catching the basketball.
“He’s done a really good job at taking his time and really kind of observing what is there for him and he’s done a really good job at reading the defense so we’re not force-feeding him or anything like that. He’s just doing a good job within the confines of what we’re trying to do, offensively, and getting himself in good situations.”
Pelicans’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz
New Orleans acquired Favors in a trade with Utah for 2021 and 2023 second round draft picks.
Favors is due $16.9 million during the final year of his contract.
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It’s been an amazing 8 1/2 years in Utah, Thank you to the Utah Jazz organization, the coaching staff & my teammates for everything! I’m going to cherish all the great experiences over the years as it helped make me the player I am. Thank you to the Jazz fans for all the love over the years. Your loyalty and passion for the game will stay with me forever!!! Thank you #jazznation!!! I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career as a New Orleans Pelican. I cannot wait to get to work and help lead our young core realize their full potential.
Pelicans’ Stanley Johnson Set to Hit Free Agency
By doing so, the Pelicans will have around $28 million in cap space as they enter free agency.
Johnson could be a target of teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Pelicans Pick Up Option on Jahlil Okafor
The option will cost $1.7 million, and given the resurgent play of Okafor, who seemed headed for bust status prior to getting a chance in New Orleans, it’s an affordable price to pay.
Okafor really shined when he took over playing time from Anthony Davis last season and finished the year averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game
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