New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor has been ballin' like it's Cameron Indoor lately.
Back in August, the Pelicans kicked the tires on Okafor, signing the 22-year-old big man to a team-friendly deal that guaranteed him only $50,000 at signing with a team-option in the second year.
Don't look now, but in his last four games, Okafor is averaging 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. On 75 percent shooting!
Jahlil Okafor has quietly been balling in his last four games:— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) January 27, 2019
20 PTS | 10 REB
17 PTS | 10 REB | 6 BLK
18 PTS | 8 REB
24 PTS | 15 REB | 3 BLK pic.twitter.com/Uj6sbjTF1v
A combination of injuries and struggles in New Orleans' crowded frontcourt have allowed the big back-to-the-basket center to get some time in the rotation and he's taken full advantage of his opportunity.
Jahlil Okafor has been, honestly, incredible offensively in New Orleans pic.twitter.com/2NSNWcB6dL— Justin Jett (@JustinJett_) January 26, 2019
Okafor has even taken what was once a weakness, defensive awareness and rim protection, and made it a strength. Not only is he averaging more blocks than at any point in his career, but he has somehow turned into the Pelicans' best rim protector. Opponents are only shooting 47 percent at the hoop when Okafor is defending them.
Big Jah has become one of the easiest players in the league to root for, after being failed by "The Process." The Sixers were quick to turn on their lottery pick after a few injuries and some off-the-court incidents