The Brooklyn Nets just traded away DeAndre Jordan to the Detroit Pistons for Jahlil Okafor. Given the other additions that they've made this offseason, the deal feels pretty inconsequential.
The Nets added former NBA champion Patty Mills to bolster their guard rotation. They also signed former All-Star Paul Millsap and regained another one with a returning LaMarcus Aldridge.
However, the newest Nets addition has brought one amazing skill to the table for every team he's been on throughout his relatively short NBA career. Having Jahlil Okafor on your roster assures you're the next team win the NBA lottery.
Via Reddit user geotekken:
2015-16: Jah on the Sixers, Sixers get the first pick
2016-17: Jah on the Sixers, Sixers get the first pick
2018-19: Jah joins the Pelicans, Pelicans get the first pick
2020-21: Jah joins the Pistons, Pistons get the first pick
Jahlil Okafor has officially been on four NBA teams throughout his six-year NBA career. The Philadelphia 76ers, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Detroit Pistons, and the Brooklyn Nets. Three out of the four have won the first overall pick, with the Sixers winning it in back-to-back seasons to start off his career.
There are only two seasons that Okafor wasn't on the lottery-winning squad. In 2017-18, he was actually traded to the Nets mid-season, which probably disrupted his magic at work at the time. Then in 2019-20, Okafor probably expended up all his energy the previous year to ensure the Pelicans got Zion Williamson, arguably the biggest NBA draft prize since LeBron James.
The only problem is that the Nets don't own their lottery pick, given that it will more than likely convey to the Houston Rockets. But GM Sean Marks might need to used whatever assets he has to acquire even just a late lottery pick. Chet Holmgren in a Nets jersey could very well be a possibility.