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NEW YORK (AP) — Jahlil Okafor finally got the fresh start he wanted.
Okafor was the consensus No. 1 high school player in his class, won a national championship at Duke, and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds in his rookie campaign for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Then things changed drastically.
Okafor struggled with injuries and a logjam at his position in his second season.
“When I first got drafted there, we already had Nerlens (Noel) there, Joel (Embiid) was there, so we’re trying to have three starting centers on the same team,” Okafor said Monday at his introductory news conference with his new team, the Brooklyn Nets.