The Sacramento Kings vs Jahlil Okafor

The Sacramento Kings Should Acquire Jahlil Okafor

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Over the past two seasons, the Sacramento Kings have implemented an offensive system that is centered around the pick and roll and post-ups. For instance, the point guard would bring the ball up to the three-point line and then a big man would set a screen. Once the pick was set the point guard would pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, the point guard would go over it and take the wide-open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, the point guard would go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he would score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not.

However, there are occasions when the Sacramento Kings will send a big man in the low block to post up. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to a big man in the low post area. Once that happens, the big man will attempt to back down the defender with one of his shoulders to get within comfortable range to shoot a jump hook. Another example of this is when the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to another perimeter player. The second perimeter will either dump the ball into the post or pass it to a third perimeter player, and he will throw it into the post to start the process of attempting to get a jump hook. Unfortunately, most of the big men for Sacramento don’t have the body strength to back down the defender which means that they end up taking contested jump hooks or turn around jumpers.

Therefore, one can argue that Jahlil Okafor and the Sacramento Kings would be a perfect match for each other. This is because Okafor has been described as a player who possesses exceptional offensive skills in the low post. According to draftexpress.com, Jahlil Okafor “has the size to establish deep post-position, and the strength to move players around inside the paint once he catches the ball…body control”. For example, Okafor will receive the ball in the mid to low post area and starts to back down the defender with one of his shoulders. When the defender is about to reach the restricted area, he will spin in the opposite direction to create space for a jump hook or layup.

If the Sacramento Kings decide to keep their current offensive system, they should try to acquire Jahlil Okafor at the deadline or in the off-season. This is because it forces the opposing team to double team him which opens the three-point shot and backdoor cuts to the basket.

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