December 18, 2017, 2:23 pm
Jahlil Okafor will need to improve his conditioning to get consistent playing time with the Nets, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
It’s pretty understandable, as Okafor had played just 25 minutes all season before making his Nets debut and nearly doubling his workload on the year. He picked up a DNP on Sunday and the coaching staff wants to integrate him slowly and put him in spots to succeed. Kenny Atkinson said, “he plan going forward is a couple things. We need to help him get in better condition, that’s first off. We need to integrate him more into the system. It’s going to take some time. I’m not going to give you a date but it’s a strategic plan, just like we’ve done with all our guys, integrating guys into the team. It’s going to take some time.” Okafor’s short-term prospects are bleak and he’ll be competing with the entirety of Brooklyn’s center rotation since he can’t add a floor-stretching element to the mix. He’s a weak play in standard leagues, as even when the minutes are there his stat set is about as hollow as can be.