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Consider this; if Jahlil Okafor were to ‘try his hand’ at tennis, he could serve thirteen consecutive let serves (where the ball tips the net and falls inside the service box) before needing to refresh his handheld cache of balls.

Fortunately, for the livelihood of tennis ball boys/girls, the former Duke Blue Devil hoops star plans to stick to basketball. Incidentally, a regulation basketball almost looks to be as small as a tennis-ball when palmed in Okafor’s massive mitt.


As impressive as it may be to hold thirteen tennis balls in one hand, it’s only halfway to Netherlander Dennis Bohm’s world-class standard of twenty-six. It boggles the mind just how high the upper limit for ball stacking may be, especially if Bohm’s stacking expertise were combined with Okafor’s freakishly large hand.


Meanwhile, for fourteen NBA teams, it’s not tennis balls or even basketballs that they’re concerned with, but ping pong balls — namely, the combination of them that will be drawn from the hopper during tonight’s Draft Lottery in Manhattan.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and Oklahoma City Thunder are all hoping to land the first pick, which will likely be Okafor or Kentucky Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Timberwolves have exactly a 1-in-4 chance of securing the first pick in the NBA Draft, while the Knicks are just a hair away from a 1-in-5 chance.