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Emeka Okafor and the revival of Charlotte basketball

Emeka Okafor was the first draft pick by a brand new NBA franchise, and it was the revival of basketball in a city that had it once stolen from them. Emeka Okafor over Dwight Howard. In 2004, that was the common mindset of many NBA experts and fans entering that year's NBA Draft. Okafor had just finished his fourth year at UCONN, and was entering the NBA as a primed and ready big man with all kinds of talent just waiting to be tapped in the NBA. Right next to Okafor was another big man out of Southwest Christian Academy High School named Dwight Howard. It was not yet known that the 18 year...

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