Jahlil Okafor doesn’t think his defense is bad as people have made it out to be

images (23)With the NBA Draft a few weeks away, the criticism of every player will be magnified to the highest degree. Duke’s center Jahlil Okafor is experiencing that now as many don’t believe that he is a good defender. Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns is considered the better defender, while Okafor has the better offensive game. But Okafor is still trying to understand how many came to the conclusion that he is not a good defender. Okafor says he doesn’t think his defense is bad as people made it out to be.


“I know I’m going to get better,” Okafor said of his defense. “I can get better at everything I do, and I always improve. I don’t think my defense was as bad as people made it out to be. We did win a national championship and all of my coaches were extremely happy with the way that I played on both ends of the floor. Also, I couldn’t get in to foul trouble and with the way our defense was set up, I wasn’t really in rim-protecting situations.

“Honestly, that is one of my flaws that I can improve on, but I can also improve on the offense end. Luckily, I’m 19 years old and I think I have a lot of time to improve my game. … I think a lot of people forget that a lot of us are still 18 or 19 years old. We’re put under the microscope and expected to be perfect, on the floor and sometimes even off the floor. Oftentimes, I do think people forget how young we actually are.”


I agree that Duke didn’t ask Okafor to be a rim protector, like Towns was for Kentucky. I think that Okafor won’t have that much of problem once he gets in the NBA.

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