Kylo Ren: Jahlil Okafor
Since the beginning of Joel Embiid‘s career, everyone in the Philadelphia 76ers universe knew that Jahlil Okafor had an uphill battle to remain with the team. After all, he gave in to anger even while under the tutelage of Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown. As you may recall, it was Jahlil Okafor and Christian Wood who were involved in the incident in Boston after losing to the Celtics. That outburst of anger is not a Jedi Knight trait, but one which characterizes the Sith. And so, the conversion of Jahlil Okafor began.
Philadelphia 76ers, a.k.a. Jedi Knights, use their force, high talent and versatility, to win games. Okafor’s talents never reached a level of versatility allowing him to join his fellow Jedi on the court this season.
Now, this is not to say he is not strong in the NBA basketball force. He is a significant offensive force to be reckoned with. Much like the Sith, he is at home on offense, pressing the advantage with his big bodied physicality to move objects and score points. Now that he plays for the other side, the Brooklyn Nets, there is little hope that he can be turned back to the light.
He is lost to Philadelphia 76ers fans now, supporters of the Jedi Order. He is still learning his Sith powers, but he may come back to challenge the 76ers dominance at some future time. And much like Kylo Ren, Jahlil Okafor will remain a major character for years to come. He came into the NBA as a Philadelphia 76ers. Angry, abandoned, his future will likely intersect that of his former teammates again and again.