The Sixers have signed center Jahlil Okafor to a rookie scale contract, the team announced. Okafor was the No. 3 overall selection in this year’s NBA draft. The big man departed Duke after a freshman campaign that saw the Blue Devils capture the NCAA Championship and him being named a first-team All-American and snagging Freshman of the Year honors along the way.
The center out of Duke will earn more than $4.582MM this coming season in the first year of a four-year deal, presuming he receives the standard 120% of the rookie scale, which is most likely the case. Okafor will likely take home $4,788,840 in 2016/17, $4,995,120 in 2017/18, and $6,313,832 in the contract’s final season.
Okafor appeared in 38 games for the Blue Devils last season, averaging 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.4 blocks in 30.1 minutes per contest. His shooting numbers were .664/.000/.510.