Screw off, Duke fans. Is there a more insufferable group of privileged sports douchers outside of Boston? It’s a small thing, but @DukeNBA on Twitter put together a little PSA to “save” Jahlil Okafor.
Oh yes, please. All of your friends in their Sperry’s and J.Crew khaki’s should save Jah. Should he have stayed at Duke for one more year, and then been drafted near the top again by the hapless Lakers or, even better, the Sixers? Don’t you have something better to do? Isn’t there a Black Friday sale on Polo visors somewhere?
But enough about Duke fans. There’s a lot of talk about a losing culture, and if it’s getting to Jahlil Okafor. I am not even close to saying losing 15 in a row to start your career is ideal, but people keep saying “he’s already lost more games than he did in this last two years of college and high school basketball.” That’s far from uncommon. Let’s look at the top two picks in this year’s draft, and their pro records against college/high school:
- Karl Anthony Towns
- Pro: 6-8
- Kentucky: 38-1
- Saint Joseph’s High School: 30-2
- More losses as a pro
- D’Angelo Russell
- Pro: 2-11
- Ohio State: 24-11
- Montverde Academy: 28-0
- Same amount of losses as a pro
In Kobe Bryant’s first season with the Lakers, they lost only 26 games. In his last three years in high school, Kobe went 77–13. In Jameer Nelson’s rookie year with the Magic (36-46), they lost more games than Nelson lost in his entire St. Joe’s career (98-27). Players who get picked at the top of the draft go to bad teams, and they often come from teams that did incredibly well, hence helping their draft stock. To say that Okafor isn’t used to losing, and that’s getting to him, is ridiculous. If it is, he’s going to have to toughen up, because everyone loses more as a rookie. He’s not special in that department.