JAHLIL Okafor hasn’t come up with a huge game in the preseason, but Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says he's just trying to find the right player combinations.
The 6-foot-11 third overall pick in the rookie draft did fine in his preseason debut with 12 points in a win against the Washington Wizards, but was held to just a field goal in the next matches against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brookyln Nets.
He had two points in the 76ers’ narrow win over the Nets and ha 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting in a hairline victory over the Cavs.
"I have to do a better job of placing people around him and helping him grow," Sixers coach Brett Brown said in an article by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"I'm just being quiet and watching how he plays. Then [I will start] trying to figure it out."
"We are just getting him the ball, trying to space around him and let's see [what happens]," Brown said. "I think I've got to coach more movement around him. You know, cutting off post feeds, slashing from the weak side."
One and done with Duke, the 19-year-old Okafor is suddenly battling tougher men in the NBA, but is being patient with his progress.
"I've never been a guy to pinpoint one thing," Okafor said.
"I have to work on my entire game. I'm just trying to keep making progress and keep progressing. It's preseason. So I'm trying to work everything out."