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PBT Podcast: Jahlil Okafor trade, plus “is it real” look at surprising NBA starts

Al Horford, Jahlil Okafor

Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor, right, goes up for the shot against Boston Celtics’ Al Horford, left, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Celtics won 110-102. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)


The “Free Jahlil Okafor” crowd got their wish — the former No. 3 pick out of Duke has been traded from the Philadelphia bench to the Brooklyn Nets, where he will get the chance to prove he can impact the NBA (and the Sixers do well in the trade getting Trevor Booker back).

Kurt Helin of NBC Sports brings in the well-connected Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders to break down that trade.

Then the two get into a discussion of what is real and what isn’t at the start of the NBA season: Are the Boston Celtics really the best team in the East? Is James Harden the MVP frontrunner? Is Oklahoma City this bad? Is Detroit this good? The pair cover all of those topics and much more.

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