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Okafor, Team USA Prevails over Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge, 157-154


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It's All-Star Weekend, the final reprieve before the long stretch to the post-season. Once more, the Philadelphia 76ers have decided to sit this year out because The Miami Big 3 The Golden State Juggernauts are laying siege to the rest of the league and who likes getting massacred? I digress.

Thankfully, the Sixers have been pretty well-represented during the festivities for the past couple years. The infusion of youth and talent have been put on display over the past few years with, former Sixer, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel getting their share of the limelight.  This year, while both young Sixer bigs were selected to Team USA, injuries sidelined Noel from participation.

Jahlil Okafor, however, got to take the court and well? It was fun.

It's been pretty testy among fans and commenters as the big Oak has been much maligned in comparison to his contemporaries. Even I get a little annoyed at a weak box out or a poor run out. But, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't still super high on Okafor becoming a force in the league. The improvements have been steady and promising in a lot of areas of his game. Whether he continues course or not, only time will tell. Until then, let's enjoy the ride.

Tonight, Okafor did what Okafor has done for the majority of the year: score points. Big Jah put together a quiet 13 points (6-7 shooting), 4 boards and 3 assists. Obviously this is nothing special, especially in a glorified gym rec game with even less defense. Still, it was nice to see Okafor show off some of his arsenal and have fun doing it.

The game overall is much of what you expect to see in an exhibition game; Bad No defense, plenty of dunks, and plenty of points. Everybody's favorite PORZINGOD put up easy scoring from every area of the court. D'Angelo Russell, Mario Hezonja, Jordan Clarkson and Devin Booker gave fans a preview of what they'll bring to Philly as they're all #FutureSixers. In the end, Zach LaVine, the current, defending Dunk Champ, went home with the game's MVP honors because POINTS and DUNKS.

However, the best moment for me?

Okafor with 3 point range?

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