Emeka OkaforPhoto by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 85

Fresh out of college and off of a national championship victory, Emeka Okafor was given the difficult honor of being the expansion Charlotte Bobcat’s first ever draft pick. Having averaged double figures in boards every year, the big man has shown that his presence in the locker room and on the court will be key in raising the Bobcats up from the depths to respectability.—Adam Fleischer