Jahlil Okafor

The Philadelphia 76ers have a crowded frontcourt, and the only way Jahlil Okafor can make room for himself is by slimming down. Fortunately, the former No. 3 pick has dropped 20 pounds prior to training camp, according to CSN Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.

And apparently he’s gotten healthier by going “mostly vegan.”

Okafor’s game had problems other than his weight. His defense was generally awful, and sometimes he took entire possessions off, a la DeMarcus Cousins.

Okafor earned an All-Rookie First Team selection two years ago for the Sixers, averaging 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. But he regressed after tearing his meniscus at the end of his rookie season. Last year, he faced more knee issues, ending his season early. Okafor is still the Sixers’ third-string center behind Joel Embiid and Richaun Holmes, but he still has some potential if he continues to get healthier.

Remember, he’s only 21 years old. There have also been trade rumors for a long time, and a fresh start with a new franchise could be exactly what Okafor needs.

But none of that will matter if he doesn’t get more locked in on the court.

[h/t Larry Brown Sports]

About Jesse Kramer

Jesse is a writer and editor for The Comeback. He has also worked for SI.com and runs The Catch and Shoot, a college basketball website based in Chicago. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Follow Jesse on Twitter @Jesse_Kramer.