On Friday night, Jahlil Okafor offered fans a glimpse of why he was selected third overall in 2015 and why the Nets were so keen to take him on once the 76ers gave up on him.
The big man scored 17 points in just 12 minutes off the bench in the Nets 110-105 win against the Hawks. Okafor's 17 points came on 6-8 shooting from the field and 5-6 from the line. He finished with no rebounds, though.
"I got easy baskets with my teammates dropping the ball off to me," Okafor said, via Greg Logan of Newsday. "I'm playing with some really good guards who make my life easier."
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was happy with Okafor's performance, saying that the big man is a beast.
"I'm happy his work paid off," Atkinson said. "He gave us a boost. We ran a lot of pick-and-roll, and he can be a beast. I loved his play and I loved how he fit."
The Nets return to action Saturday night against the Wizards at 7 p.m.