Semi Ojeleye
Semi Ojeleye
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Milwaukee Bucks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Semi Ojeleye in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $1.79 million contract with the Bucks in August of 2021.
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.

College/International Summary

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.

Set to join Milwaukee
FMilwaukee Bucks
August 2, 2021
Ojeleye agreed Monday with the Bucks on a one-year deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Ojeleye spent the first four seasons of his career with the Celtics, but he never emerged as a major contributor for the team. He averaged career-high marks across the board in the 2020-21 season, tallying 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists over 16.9 minutes per game. He'll join the reigning champions as a de facto replacement for P.J. Tucker, who agreed to a deal with the Heat. Expect the Bucks to turn to the defensive-minded Ojeleye to slow down some of tougher forwards around the league, though the 26-year-old could find himself out of the rotation entirely at times.
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2020

During the 2020 offseason, Semi Ojeleye decided to return to the Celtics for his fourth season in the Association. The wing appeared in 56 of Boston's 72 games, with 15 starts. The 15 starts were a career high, as were Ojeleye's 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.0 made three-pointers per game. Ojeleye also played a career-best 17.0 minutes per game. On Jan. 4 in a road win over Toronto, the SMU product grabbed a career-high-tying eight rebounds to go with 12 points. On Feb. 11, Ojeleye scored a career-high 24 points, adding six rebounds and a career-best six three-pointers during a home win over the Raptors. A late March hip injury slowed down Ojeleye during the back half of the season. The forward appeared in 16 of Boston's last 28 regular-season games, though he did start six times during that span. Ojeleye made two brief appearances during Boston's five playoff games versus Brooklyn, totaling one point, one steal and one block over 12 minutes of action. Ojeleye enters the 2021 offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

2019

Ojeleye's third NBA season again saw him serve in a valuable bench role for the Celtics. The muscular wing played in 69 out of 72 regular-season games, making six starts during the coronavirus-shortened season. The SMU product posted career highs in points per game (3.4), assists per game (0.5), three-pointers per game (0.7) and three-point shooting (37.8 percent). His 14.7 minutes per game represented a significant increase from the prior season's 10.6. On Dec. 9, "The Ox" grabbed a career-high four steals in a home win over the Cavaliers. On Mar. 4 against Cleveland, Ojeleye scored a career-best 22 points thanks to a career-high five three-pointers, adding six rebounds, two assists and one block over 30 minutes. All told, he posted double-figure scoring totals five times. Ojeleye played in all seven Orlando seeding games within the NBA bubble, twice scoring in double figures. One of his best games of the season came in the bubble, as he scored 13 points with a career-high eight rebounds against the Wizards on Aug. 13. He went on to appear in 13 of Boston's 17 postseason games. In Game Game 4 of the second-round series against Toronto, Ojeleye set a new postseason best with seven points in 11 minutes of play. All told, he averaged 1.6 points and 0.4 made three-pointers over 9.4 minutes per game during the playoffs.

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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Ojeleye's first three season in the Association look awfully similar, suggesting there might not be room for growth heading into 2020-21. Boston also grabbed small forward in Aaron Nesmith with the 14th pick in the 2020 Draft. The 6-foot-6 Nesmith averaged 4.3 three-pointers during his second season at Vanderbilt and seems poised to supplant Ojeleye as Boston's first 3-and-D player off the bench. The Celtics will still rely on Ojeleye's tough defense (some still think of him as a Giannis stopper), but it's hard to envision Ojeleye improving on his 14.7 minutes per game from last season. The burly wing also attempted only 2.8 field goal attempts per contest, which doesn't exactly scream "fantasy gold". While Boston values his energetic defense and positive bench presence, Ojeleye is probably suited only to the deepest of fantasy leagues.
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.
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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FBoston Celtics
May 15, 2021
Ojeleye will start Saturday against the Timberwolves, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
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FBoston Celtics
April 23, 2021
Ojeleye is starting Friday's game against the Nets.
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April 22, 2021
Ojeleye will come off the bench Thursday against the Suns, Sean Grande of 98.5 The Sports Hub reports.
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April 19, 2021
Ojeleye will start Monday's game against Chicago, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
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Starting Saturday
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April 17, 2021
Ojeleye will start Saturday's game against the Warriors.
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