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  • Jul 18 2016, 08:09 AM

    Update: Okafor (knee) will be limited to non-contact activity while he trains with the U.S. Olympic basketball team in Las Vegas this week, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Analysis: Okafor was cleared last week to resume basketball-related activities, but since he has yet to participate in 5-on-5 drills, it appears the big man will act cautiously and hold himself out of full-contact work. He'll use the week in Las Vegas to work on his conditioning while learning more about the game alongside some of the world's top players. Look for Okafor to be a full participant for the 76ers when training camp opens in the fall.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Jun 13 2016, 09:08 AM

    Update: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo recently stated that Okafor (knee) is 'highly unlikely' to play in the summer league, NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper reports. 'He's down at Duke [University] right now rehabilitating,' Colangelo said. 'If he was given the green light [for summer league], it might be a really good way for him to get himself ready if he's cleared to play for the [United States] Select Team in the mini-camp coming up this summer. As of [now], he's made great headway and he's back out on the court and he's getting shots up and he's doing some one-on-one things. I don't think [summer league] is going to happen, but if the doctors would give him clearance there's no reason he shouldn't be out there.'

    Analysis: It sounds like Okafor is gradually starting to inch closer to full health after he was shut down for the season in March following surgery to repair a torn meniscus. While he's already doing some on-court workouts, Colangelo mentioned that Okafor would probably require some sort of mini-training camp in advance if he chose to play in the summer league, but that doesn't seem an especially realistic outcome. Instead, Okafor may turn his attention toward getting ready to play for the U.S. Select Team in late July, when he'll be tasked with warming up and scrimmaging with the squad that will represented the country in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Regardless of what transpires this offseason, Okafor should be at full health entering 2016-17, but it's unclear whether he'll still be in a 76ers uniform. Okafor struggled to mesh with Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt as a rookie, and it's looking quite likely that one of the two may be dealt elsewhere this summer.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • May 09 2016, 10:03 AM

    Update: Coach Brett Brown said Okafor (knee) is expected to resume basketball-related activities in the near future, Sixers.com's Brian Seltzer reports. 'I think in the next few weeks, we'll be able to see [Okafor] get back on a court, and start inching his way back into playing basketball again,' Brown said.

    Analysis: Okafor's rookie season came to an end in late March, when he required a procedure to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee. The big man will likely be back at full strength by June, so he's in little danger of being limited during training camp.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 05 2016, 07:37 AM

    Update: Okafor (knee) is expected to resume individual workouts at some point in May, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    Analysis: Okafor has been off the court since undergoing season-ending surgery in late March, but he's expected to have a fairly normal offseason and should be back to full strength by the time training camp opens up in the fall. With Joel Embiid (foot) set to return from injury and former first-round draft pick Dario Saric also expected to come over from Europe to join Okafor and Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt in 2016-17, the 76ers could face a logjam down low that may influence the team to trade one of their big men.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 22 2016, 11:23 AM

    Update: Okafor underwent successful arthroscopic season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a slightly torn right meniscus, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.

    Analysis: Okafor is facing a recovery timetable of at least six weeks, so barring any unforeseen complications, he should be a full participant in training camp for the Sixers next fall. The No. 3 overall pick led the team with an average of 17.5 points during his 53 games, but it's uncertain how he'll be deployed by the team in 2016-17. Okafor often failed to click with Nerlens Noel when the two played alongside each other, and the Sixers will add 2014 draft pick Joel Embiid (foot) into the mix as well.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 21 2016, 06:51 AM

    Update: Okafor's is scheduled to undergo season-ending right knee surgery Tuesday, Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

    Analysis: Coach Brett Brown said it's not clear where the surgery would be performed, but Okafor could pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews in Florida to conduct the procedure. The surgery will repair the rookie's torn right meniscus, which will likely keep him sidelined for around six weeks. That should put him on track to be back to full health by early June.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 11 2016, 13:47 PM

    Update: Okafor (knee) will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be forced to sit out at least six weeks, effectively ending his season, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: A CAT scan revealed Okafor suffered a small tear in his meniscus last week. He will be able to resume basketball activities in six weeks, which will be about two weeks after the end of the regular season. The rookie served as one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the 76ers. He started 48 of the 53 games he played in, averaging 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.2 assists, and 0.4 steals in 30 minutes a contest. He led the team in points and was second in rebounds. He has also been the second-highest scoring rookie this season. In his absence, Nerlens Noel is a likely candidate to take over at center, with Carl Landry and Richaun Holmes also seeing increased action.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 09 2016, 14:44 PM

    Update: Okafor (shin) underwent a CT scan Tuesday, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.

    Analysis: With Okafor's bruised right shin lingering longer than anticipated, the big man will be sent in for a more thorough examination, which will hopefully provide more details on the extent of the issue. Coach Brett Brown said the team hopes to have the results of Okafor's scans available later Wednesday or at some point Thursday, at which point fantasy owners should finally have more clarity on the rookie's rest-of-season outlook. Okafor is set to miss his fifth straight game Wednesday versus the Rockets.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 08 2016, 09:47 AM

    Update: Okafor (shin) wasn't spotted at the portion of Tuesday's practice that was open to media, and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    Analysis: While coach Brett Brown expressed optimism Monday that Okafor, who has missed the last four games, would return soon, he'll remain sidelined Wednesday. Okafor will likely have to put in at least a partial practice before returning to game action, and his next opportunity to play will now come Friday against the Nets. Brown noted Tuesday that Okafor is dealing with right knee soreness in addition to the shin bruise, so his injury appears more serious than the team initially let on.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 07 2016, 08:00 AM

    Update: Coach Brett Brown indicated that he doesn't foresee Okafor's bruised right shin sidelining the rookie for much longer, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports. 'It's just a significant bruise at this stage,' Brown said Sunday. 'It's not something that we're overly concerned with. We're going to learn [Monday] when we get back to Philadelphia. I don't expect [Okafor] to be out very long.'

    Analysis: Okafor missed his fourth consecutive game Sunday against the Heat due to the injury, but the 76ers plan to reassess his status Monday, after which a return date could be ironed out for the big man. The center's absence has loomed particularly large in the last two games, as Nerlens Noel (knee) has been forced to miss those contests as well, leaving the 76ers woefully thin in the frontcourt. The Sixers' next game will come Wednesday against the Rockets, so if Okafor is able to get back on the court in some capacity during practice Tuesday, he could be cleared to make his return.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Mar 05 2016, 09:42 AM

    Update: Okafor (shin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Heat, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Analysis: What initially looked like a very minor bruised shin has apparently turned into a more severe issue for Okafor, who will sit out his fourth consecutive contest Sunday. The fact that he's been ruled out so far in advance isn't exactly encouraging, but he'll also have two days of rest before the 76ers play again on Wednesday against Houston. Philadelphia will also be without Nerlens Noel (knee) on Sunday, meaning Jerami Grant should again see a heavy minutes load.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 04 2016, 14:25 PM

    Update: Okafor (shin) has been ruled out of Friday's matchup with the Heat, Michael Preston, the Director of 76ers PR reports.

    Analysis: Okafor will miss his third straight game due to a bruised right shin. He is joined on the bench by fellow big man Nerlens Noel (knee) so expect the 76ers to go with a smaller starting five featuring Carl Landry and Jerami Grant in the frontcourt. Okafor's next opportunity to take the court will be on Sunday when the 76ers face the Heat once more.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 03 2016, 10:25 AM

    Update: Okafor (shin) didn't practice Thursday and is considered day-to-day in advance of Friday's matchup with the Heat, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.

    Analysis: Okafor has missed the last two games with a bruised right shin, and his absence from practice Thursday doesn't exactly bode well heading into Friday's game. Still, the 76ers will wait until Friday morning to update the rookie's status. Nerlens Noel, who's started at center the last two games in place of Okafor, also sat out Thursday's practice after taking a few hard falls during Wednesday's game. He, too, should be considered questionable for the matchup with the Heat.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Mar 02 2016, 14:32 PM

    Update: Okafor (shin) won't be available for Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.

    Analysis: Okafor was fully expected to return to action Wednesday, but coach Brett Brown indicated that the 76ers will instead exercise caution with the rookie center, who will sit out a second straight game. There's no incentive at having Okafor play at less than 100 percent health given the 76ers' 8-52 record, so he'll take a little more time to recover before aiming for a return Friday versus the Heat. Expect the 76ers to go with a similar lineup to Monday, with Nerlens Noel shifting to center and Jerami Grant entering the starting lineup at power forward.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 29 2016, 14:44 PM

    Update: Okafor will miss Monday's game against the Wizards due to a bruised right shin, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Analysis: This is the first we've heard of the injury, but it was likely sustained during Sunday's 14-point loss to the Magic, in which Okafor scored 26 points and grabbed three rebounds in 28 minutes. Jerami Grant will enter the starting lineup in Okafor's place Monday, while Nerlens Noel slides up to the center spot. Coach Brett Brown said that he does not expect Okafor's absence to extend beyond Monday night.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 29 2016, 05:56 AM

    Update: Okafor recorded 26 points (12-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, and three assists in 28 minutes during the 76ers' 130-116 loss to the Magic on Sunday.

    Analysis: Okafor had three turnovers and is averaging 2.7 giveaways per game this month, but overall it was an excellent offensive showing from the former Blue Devil on Sunday. His frustration with teammates was evident at points, and the 76ers suffered yet another double-digit defeat. Still, Okafor enters Monday's matchup versus the Wizards averaging 18.5 points on 57 percent from the field, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 0.4 steals across 28 minutes per appearance in 11 February contests.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 26 2016, 21:01 PM

    Update: Okafor offered 21 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and one block in 31 minutes during the 76ers' 103-94 loss to the Wizards on Friday.

    Analysis: Over the last five contests, the former Blue Devil is averaging 19.2 points on 63 percent shooting, 4.6 rebounds, one block, 0.8 assists, and 0.2 steals in 26 minutes per game. Okafor is averaging 2.2 turnovers per game over this recent stretch, but he has been scoring extremely efficiently of late, and is far and away the team's top option offensively.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 22 2016, 06:51 AM

    Update: Okafor amassed a career-high 31 points (12-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-10 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block across 32 minutes in Sunday's 129-103 loss to the Mavericks.

    Analysis: Okafor saw just 19 minutes in the 76ers' first game out of the All-Star break Friday against the Pelicans, but he was the focal point in the frontcourt Sunday, as fellow starting big man Nerlens Noel was limited to 19 minutes this time around. The inability of Okafor and Noel to coexist for a prolonged period of time has often led to inconsistent playing time for both youngsters, often making the duo dicey DFS options. However, Okafor has been a fairly safe starting option in just about every season-long format, as he's averaging a formidable 18 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.4 assists across 28.4 minutes in seven February appearances.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 10 2016, 21:55 PM

    Update: Okafor scored 26 points (11-18 FG, 4-5 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 39 minutes on Wednesday in a loss against the Kings.

    Analysis: Okafor had a very impressive night on Wednesday with Nerlens Noel out of the lineup and that's been the case each time that's taken place. The 26 points for Okafor matched a season-high, which is the third time he's done that this season. This was a great sign going into the All-Star break for the rookie who has had his ups and downs this season and he'll surely look to bank on this performance going forward. Okafor has been off to a great start in the month of February, averaging 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Feb 07 2016, 08:06 AM

    Update: Okafor racked up 22 points (9-16 FG, 4-4 FT) and a career-high 17 rebounds (seven offensive) to go with three blocks and a steal across 33 minutes in Saturday's 103-98 win over the Nets.

    Analysis: Okafor is now four games removed from a two-game absence due to the flu, but this was the first contest in which he's truly looked like himself. The 76ers have recently flipped positions with Okafor and Nerlens Noel, as the former now starts at power forward after serving as the club's center for much of his rookie season. The experiment will result in Okafor spending more time on the perimeter defending stretch fours, but as Saturday's outing showed, it won't necessarily result in fewer rebound opportunities. Okafor's fantasy value should remain fairly stable despite the position change.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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