NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jahlil Okafor’s wait is almost over.
The NBA draft is Thursday night, and the Duke big man will be one of the top picks. He said Wednesday he wished he already knew his destination.READ MORE: Vote To Be Held On Removing Thomas Jefferson Statue From New York City Hall
“I’d be able to sleep better at night if I did. I have no idea,” he said. “It’s been a long process, a lot of fun, but I’m ready for it to be over with so I’ll know where I’m going to be playing.”
He’s had it much easier than many fellow draft candidates. He worked out for just Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the top two selections.
But Okafor and fellow center Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky were on TV so much that there wasn’t much left for them to show teams, anyway. Even while finishing up his pro season in Spain, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis was able to evaluate them.
“They are good players,” he said, “very athletic, very big, so they’re very talented.”
Philadelphia picks third for the second straight year, followed by New York and Orlando. Sacramento, Denver, Detroit, Charlotte and Miami round out the top 10.
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COUNTING THE CATS
Led by center Karl-Anthony Towns, who is considered the likely No. 1 pick, Kentucky could have seven players drafted Thursday. That would break the record the Wildcats set in 2012, when they had six players chosen. Kentucky also owns the record for first-round selections, when John Wall led five players in 2010.
“It’s great,” forward Trey Lyles said of potentially having so many selections. “It helps the program out a lot and it just shows that when you bring a group of guys together that are unselfish, everybody benefits from it.”