[quote="greenmanRD, post:738, topic:3848"]I still can't believe you didn't bring up Ben Simmons, who might be the best prospect the Sixers have (certainly a better one than Okafor).[/quote]
I’m not trying to get people riled up, and I’m not trying to just degrade the Sixers. I’m giving my honest opinion on the situation.
I didn’t mention Simmons for 3 reasons:
1.) Simmons is a HUGE question mark. He hasn’t even played in a preseason game, only summer league games. I know he’s a good looking prospect, and did well in college, but so did Okafor. I’m not predicting if he will be great or a bust, I’m just saying that we don’t know yet.
This is a fine take, but I think it’s important to use this kind of reasoning with Okafor, who has been legitimately terrible in his brief time in the NBA.
and this isn’t to say, “Okafor is done and will never be good,” but he’s been really bad so far and he doesn’t fit Embiid or Simmons all that well. I’m perfectly content with the idea of bringing in a guard for Okafor if Embiid can keep developing. he’s already better than Okafor and has played significantly less games.
I won’t go so far as to say Okafor has been terrible so far. He led the team in scoring last year while he was healthy. That’s not terrible. But I agree Embiid is already better than Okafor and is far more likely to be an All Star of the three centers. Therefore, I’m completely okay with making the best deals possible for Noel and Okafor – even if that only returns us first round draft picks 3 or 4 years down the road.
I don’t see Simmons as a 3. Not as the position he plays most often. I could certainly be wrong though.