Jahlil Okafor understands the importance of timing.

It's been a year since he's had consistent playing time, but appreciates the patient approach the Nets staff is taking towards getting him acclimated with the team. The former No. 3 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft explained that it’s on him to show that he’s ready to contribute.

“Just preparing as hard as I can, working as hard as I can, so I know when my time comes, I’ve prepared in every way,” Okafor explained on Wednesday after practice. “It’s kind of a mental thing, you feel good about yourself. You feel good about the work you put in. Hopefully, that translates to the floor.”

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson insists he’s working hard to integrate both Okafor and his fellow arrival Nik Stauskas into the team. Still, he remains noncommittal on when Brooklyn fans should expect to see the former Sixers on the court.

“I just think it’s going to take time,” Atkinson said. “I can’t give you a timetable.”

There’s been plenty of debate of how Okafor, a traditional low post center, will fit into Atkinson’s high-paced style of play. Yet, both men are excited to make tweaks to their style to make it work.