Most NBA teams would have picked Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. I would have. The Timberwolves did. But a plurality of NBA rookies prefer Okafor, who went No. 3 to the 76ers. Two responses in NBA.com’s annual rookie survey reveal that: Picking Okafor for Rookie of the Year doesn’t necessarily mean he should have gone No. 1. The former Duke center is exceptionally polished offensively, and he should fill a big role on the lowly 76ers. But the “best career” question is essentially asking who should have gone No. 1 – especially considering Towns and Okafor play the same position. Perhaps, a majority of respondents who took a third candidate would have taken Towns over Okafor, changing results of a run-off race. But with the information we have, plurality rules.
NBA rookie survey suggests Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor was a mistake
Pro Basketball Talk | Aug 19