Okafor, at 6-foot-11 in shoes, represents a piece the Lakers have always had while collecting each of their 16 titles -- a dominant big man.
Okafor may not be a true seven-footer, but he'll enter the
Through 38 games with the Blue Devils, winning the NCAA championship, Okafor averaged 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds a game while shooting 66.4% from the field.
He needs to prove that he can defend at the next level -- and hit his free throws (just 51.0% at Duke).
Franchise big men are exceedingly difficult to acquire.
The Lakers may have the opportunity to trade their No. 2 pick to the
As much as the league has shifted to guard-oriented small ball, the Lakers have a tradition based in size.
Okafor should be their guy on Thursday night.