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A Former No. 3 Overall Pick Might Be Playing Overseas Next Year

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Three years ago, Jahlil Okafor was an NCAA champion and the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Now, his NBA career might be in jeopardy.

Last season, Okafor barely got off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that drafted him out of Duke in 2015. He was then traded to Brooklyn, where he appeared in 26 games for the Nets.

Okafor has reportedly worked out for several teams recently, including the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. However, there's a good chance he doesn't get signed by any of those teams.

Okafor has shown offensive ability in his brief NBA career but his lack of defense is a major issue. Additionally, teams are going more small-ball heavy with their lineups and roster construction, limiting the opportunities for traditional centers.

So where might Okafor go if he doesn't play in the NBA. Well, perhaps he'll head to China.

According to a new report from Sportando, several Chinese teams are interested in Okafor.

If Okafor is forced to go to China, it will certainly be a pretty steep fall for someone who was such a highly-regarded prospect.

However, overseas might be his best bet to continue his professional career. We'll see.