Semi Ojeleye
Semi Ojeleye
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Boston Celtics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ojeleye took a step backward last year in his development towards becoming a three-and-D bench contributor. In his sophomore season, the buff 24-year-old saw his minutes dip from 15.8 to 10.6 minutes per contest, and his three-point shooting regrettably continued to hover around 32 percent. Plus he was forced to endure 26 DNPs. The departure of Marcus Morris could open up some playing time for Ojeleye, though he's still behind Gordon Hayward, Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown and possibly rookie Grant Williams on the Celtic depth chart. Ojeleye is signed through the 2020-21 season, so he'll continue to be a mainstay on the Boston bench. Whether or not he'll improve on his modest workload is debatable. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $6.04 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2017.
Personal Bio

Jesusemilore Talodabijesu Ojeleye was born in Overland Park, Kansas. His family is from Nigeria. Ojeleye's father, Ernest, came to the United States for a residency at the University of Kansas medical center. His mother, Joy, is a registered nurse. Ojeleye's older brother, Victory, played basketball at Kansas State. Semi maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and was a National Honor Society member. He was a two-time first team all-state player and won the 2013 Parade Magazine National Player of the Year award. In college, Ojeleye majored in psychology. While at SMU, Ojeleye was nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his efforts off the court. In 2019, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation honored Ojeleye with the 2019 Community Champion Award for his work with local charities. You can follow Ojeleye on both Twitter and Instagram via @semi.

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Ojeleye played for two seasons at Duke, then transferred for one season at Southern Methodist University. As a freshman on a loaded 2013-14 Duke team, Ojeleye played 5.0 minutes per game, averaging 1.6 points and 0.2 made threes per contest. Seven Blue Devils from that roster would go on to NBA careers. After playing in only six games during his sophomore year, Ojeleye would transfer to SMU seeking a larger role. Despite losing the 2015-16 season due to transfer ineligibility, the move proved beneficial. During the 2016-17 season, the burly wing started 35 games for the Mustangs, averaging 19.0 points, 6.9 boards and 2.1 made threes per game. Ojeleye was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as well as All-Conference First Team and postseason tournament MVP. Ojeleye's Mustangs lost to USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Grabs five boards in loss
FBoston Celtics
August 5, 2020
Ojeleye generated three points (1-6 FG, 1-5 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and one theft over 19 minutes in Tuesday's 112-106 loss to the Heat.
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Ojeleye has averaged 14 minutes of run in Boston's first three Orlando bubble games, with averages of 2.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 three-pointers. The C's look to the burly Ojeleye to provide strong 3-and-D efforts off the bench, and he is often charged with guarding the opponent's star wings for a spell. Don't expect the reserve wing to light up the stat sheet. The Celtics now face the Nets on Wednesday as the second game in a back-to-back.
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2018

A relatively healthy Celtics roster led to a decline in playing time for Ojeleye in his sophomore season of 2018-19. The return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward resulted in Ojeleye appearing in only 56 games (three starts) and averaging 10.6 minutes per contest. However, he improved in a number of metrics despite the cut in playing time. Ojeleye actually bested his rookie scoring mark with 3.3 points per game -- that's 11.3 points on a per-36-minute basis -- thanks to a much-improved 42.4 field-goal percentage. The Celtics finally unleashed him for 38:13 on the court in the final game of the regular season, Apr. 9 against Washington, and Ojeleye responded with a career-high 17 points along with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. But Ojeleye had delivered some other eye-opening performances in limited time over the course of the year. Most impressively, on Dec. 8 at Chicago, he scored 13 points in just 14:25 on the court, hitting 3-of-6 from downtown. Ojeleye found his way into the lineup for six of the Celtics' nine playoff games, and he set a new playoff best with six points in just 11:02 during Game 3 of their second-round series against the Bucks.

2017

Ojeleye was drafted by the Celtics with the seventh pick of the second round out of Southern Methodist and went on to play a major bench role in his rookie year, appearing in 73 games (all as a reserve). Ojeleye's gritty defense meant he was often tasked with coming off the bench to slow down opponents' top scoring wings. The muscular Kansas native also banged inside versus a few power forwards. Ojeleye's ability to guard players of different positions was a strong fit with coach Brad Stevens' switching defensive scheme. On the whole, he averaged 2.7 points (including 0.5 threes) and 2.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. He cracked double-digit points twice, setting his personal best Apr. 8 against Atlanta with 13 points and six rebounds. Come playoff time, Ojeleye again played a vital defensive role. He also made the first three starts of his career in the Celtics' first-round series against Milwaukee, largely tasked with guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 2nd round (37th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 19, 2017
    Signed a rookie three-year contract with the Boston Celtics. Contract includes a club option for a fourth year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
When Ojeleye was drafted in the second round last June, he had G League written all over him. But then two important things happened. First, Gordon Hayward was lost to a season-ending injury. Then, Ojeleye quickly developed into a reliable three-and-D reserve, with an emphasis on the latter. It seemed like an odd transformation for the burly rookie, who averaged 19 points per game in his last season at SMU. But it led to Ojeleye averaging 16 minutes per game over 73 appearances as a rookie. If Ojeleye can improve upon his 32 percent shooting from behind the arc, he'll be an ideal reserve, though Hayward's return and a lack of attrition elsewhere on the roster could mean he'll struggle to match last season's workload on many nights.
Selected 37th overall in the 2017 Draft, Ojeleye is staring up from the bottom of the Celtic depth chart, facing a long list of veterans. With wings Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and fellow rookie Jason Tatum well ahead of Ojeleye, you can expect the 22-year old rookie to spend a lot of time shuttling back and forth between Boston and the team’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. But Boston’s three-for-one deal to bring in Kyrie Irving does free up some possible minutes for Ojeleye. The undersized yet severely muscular 6’6” rookie will see more time at small forward than shooting guard. His ability to create his own shot must intrigue Celtic management. The SMU product will need another quantity-for-quality Boston deal for any hope of seeing meaningful minutes, and even if that should occur, it’s doubtful the team would risk a possible Finals appearance by giving too many minutes to Ojeleye. Keep expectations low.
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Sees 13 minutes of scrimmage action
FBoston Celtics
July 25, 2020
Ojeleye chipped in two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one turnover over 13 minutes of run Friday's Orlando bubble scrimmage loss to OKC.
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Scores nine in spot start
FBoston Celtics
March 7, 2020
Ojeleye posted nine points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt) and seven rebounds in 34 minutes during Friday's 99-94 loss against the Jazz.
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Starting Friday
FBoston Celtics
March 6, 2020
Ojeleye will start Friday's game against the Jazz, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
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Posts new career-high in win
FBoston Celtics
March 4, 2020
Ojeleye scored 22 points (8-11 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with six rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 win versus the Cavaliers.
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Returns to action
FBoston Celtics
March 4, 2020
Ojeleye (groin) is back on the court Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
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