Ranking all 25 Duke basketball players in the NBA this season

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Former Duke basketball national champion Jahlil Okafor, now with the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Once/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Center. Jahlil Okafor. 20. 5th NBA season. player. 69

  • Games played this season: 27
  • Games started this season: 9
  • Minutes per game: 15.6
  • Points per game: 7.9
  • Rebounds per game: 4.3
  • Assists per game: 1.3
  • Blocks per game: 0.7
  • Steals per game: 0.3
  • FG percentage: 61.1
  • 3-point percentage: 50.0
  • FT percentage: 63.8

Former Duke basketball national champ Jahlil Okafor is a tough one to figure out. As the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, his first season in the league looked like a continuation of his stellar one season in Durham. But injuries, off-court issues, and various problems with the Philadelphia 76ers contributed to his decline in subsequent seasons.

This season, though, Okafor’s second in New Orleans, when the 24-year-old is on the court, his soft touch and fancy footwork suggest that a return to his rookie and Dukie ways could be on the horizon. On the other hand, until the 6-foot-10, 275-pound Chicago native puts in the work to shore up some defensive deficiencies, his lack of playing time may remain an obstacle to his growth.