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Trevor Booker: Who is the forward the 76ers got in a trade for Jahlil Okafor?

Sarah Todd, Staff Writer

Updated: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:52 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Trevor Booker (right) in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets that sent Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn.

The Sixers sent Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas, and a second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in exchange for Trevor Booker.

So who is the guy that the Sixers have added?

Booker, 30, in his eighth year in the NBA, is a power forward with an attractive expiring contract. The two-year deal he signed with Brooklyn in 2016 for just over $18 million is up at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

But, for the purposes of this season, what can he provide the Sixers?

Philly what it do? 

— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) December 7, 2017

He is a career 51.5 percent shooter who plays well in the paint. He doesn’t pose an outside threat so he won’t stretch the floor and he doesn’t take a lot of shots, but he is efficient when he takes them.

“He knows how to play tough so he’s going to add physicality, so I can’t wait to play with him,” Joel Embiid said before Thursday’s game against the Lakers.

In 18 games this season with the Nets, Booker is averaging 10.1 points, 6.6. rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 21.9 minutes per game in a mostly reserve role. He has racked up four double-doubles.

Before joining the Nets last season, Booker spent two years in Utah after playing his first four with the Wizards. Booker holds career averages of 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

“We’ve often admired Trevor Booker for what he does and what he brings to the table at every stop along the way in the NBA,” Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo said. “He’s seemingly made his team better and we really think he’s going to add to our culture and we hear great things about him, nothing but wonderful reports.”

Before unloading Okafor, the Sixers already were heavy with front-court players, and Brett Brown said it may be difficult to get Booker playing time right away.

“Will he come and immediately be in a rotation? I think that will be difficult,” Brown said. “I think that once he gets in our gym and in our system I can make better judgement on that.”

A huge upside for Booker is that in all his years in the league, he has largely avoided missing significant time because of injury. The only exception was in in the 2012-13 season when he missed 24 games because of a right knee sprain.

It’s been real Brooklyn. Will always have nothing but love for you. Loved my time in New York!!!

— Trevor Booker (@35_Fitz) December 7, 2017

Booker is also praised for his physical defensive presence and his willingness to take on any role and always stay ready. As Brown noted, getting into the rotation might be tough, but with Embiid not yet cleared to play in back-to-back games, and injuries bound to happen, there will be times that Booker can impact the game.

Sarah Todd, Staff Writer

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