Morning Sixers – Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Updated: Saturday, March 4, 2017 08:31 AM

Why doesn’t Brown tell Okafor to hedge on many PNR’s? Why does he always retreat?”

— Joseph

The reason Okafor always retreats is twofold: physical limitations and the shots the Sixers want to give up.

Okafor simply doesn’t have the athleticism to do very much in the pick and roll. Switching and trapping are obviously out, and even hedges and shows have the very real possibility of requiring rotations to cover up Okafor’s lack of foot speed.

And rotations to help pick and roll actions will almost always be beaten by crisp ball movement, and is one of the more sure-fire ways to get an open corner three. That’s why switching has become so desired over the past few years: more and more teams want the pick and roll to only involve two defenders to prevent missed rotations, and having positionally versatile defenders to handle the pick and roll by themselves helps neutralize the consequences of pick and roll defense.

With Okafor, it’s very much a pick your poison situation.

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Derek Bodner

Derek Bodner is a credentialed reporter covering the Philadelphia 76ers independently for He is also a college basketball scout for, and an NBA contributor for The Ringer. Contact Information: / @DerekBodnerNBA

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