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Topping The NBA In Inconsistency
Introducing the term inconsistency like no other
Emeka Okafor is wrapped in a body of basketball goods. NBA calibre strength and athletism, rivaled by refined low post game, and a touch of gold anywhere within 20 feet, ought to convey Okafor's services over to an All-Star appearance, or two.
If anything, unfolding the power forward's production exemplifies a case of extreme bewilder. In other words, he's truly the colossal enigma, where casting tremendous changes from night to night in out-put reaches an unprecedented scale.
Too hot and cold
The last fifteen game sample Okafor exhibited (for the Wizards) speak volumes, registering 11, 12, 10, 6, 6, 18, 6, 4, 17, 17, 7, 21, 5, 9, 19 points, sets dramatic pattern resembling what I would call - feast or famine galore.
Okafor's inconsisteny is so consistent that he only strung together three double-doubles in a row on two separate occasions this season (2012-13).
The veteran isn't remotely hesitant hoisting any shot attempts in the air, nor he crumbles under pressure. So the conundrum surrounding his performances unambiguously lies in effort.
One night he's physical, active, pounding the glass like there's no tomorrow and vigorously attacking the rack, and the following, he'll be complacent and fine waiting for the ball to rotate out to him or settle for mid range jump shots. Suddenly that determined look has now diluted to 'I can take it easier on myself tonight' body language.
Reflecting on Okafor's career
It's been quite a downward spiral career for Emeka Okafor. Okafor's scoring average has dipped slowly and markedly in each of his last seven seasons, barely scratching 10 point per game nowadays. Sadly, a far cry from a franchise player in the making once boasting career averages - 15.1 points and nearly 11 rebounds - as a rookie member of the Charlotte Bobcats. Certainly raises some eyebrows.
In the off-season between his rookie and second year, Okafor ate himself up to a whopping 280 lbs, (20 pounds lighter one year earlier), picking up an ankle injury in the process, which subsequently caused him to sit out most of the season. Signs of bad habits coming into play perhaps. Once implies a rare occurrence, but is once enough, swaying players towards their climax ?
I know some NBA players appear deficient living up to their current contracts. Okafor falls under the category, being paid like a perennial All-Star, the six year, $72 million contract Okafor signed with the Bobcats in 2008 is paying him $13.5 million this year, while performing far below anyone's expectations.
Based on the above, there's distinct revelation pointed out linking underachievers alongside attitudes far too screwed up. No, Okafor is no where near Isiah Rider or perhaps Derrick Coleman kind of screw ups, just the kind that leaves me wondering what their game could have blossomed into had they actually slept, ate and breathed basketball.
No reason why his talent shouldn't over-lap him towards the upper echelons of the power forward position. Al Horford, Nene, and Luis Scola all fine players in their own right, shouldn't be hovering above in the rankings.