Elie Okobo
Elie Okobo
22-Year-Old GuardG
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 8/8/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
With the Suns struggling to find a reliable option at the point guard position last season, Okobo, a rookie taken by Phoenix at the top of the second round, ended up playing more minutes than most imagined he would during his first NBA season. Okobo made 53 appearances for the lowly Suns last year and even made 16 starts at point guard. In those 16 starts, Okobo averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists across 25 minutes per game. Unfortunately for Okobo, the Phoenix made an effort to address the point guard woes of last season by signing veteran Ricky Rubio to a three-year, $51 million contract this offseason and drafted former Virginia star Ty Jerome in the first round. They also still have Tyler Johnson on the last year of his contract and traded for young point guard Jevon Carter. As a result, Okobo will likely be buried in the team's point guard rotation for the 2019-20 season, giving him little to no value in his sophomore campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $5.72 million contract with the Suns in June of 2018. Contract includes $1.8 million team option for 2021-22.
Personal Bio

Okobo was born in 1997 in Bordeaux, France to Congolese and French parents. He has two brothers, Lucas and Samual. Okobo began his amateur career with JSA Bordeaux Basket at the age of 16 and was playing in the top French league by the 2017-18 season. The left-handed combo guard also plays for the French national team, helping them to a bronze medal in the 2017 FIBA U20 Championship. He also appeared in the 2016 FIBA U20 European Championship, where he averaged 18.9 points through seven games. You can follow Okobo on Twitter (@ElieOkobo_0) and Instagram (@elieokobo).

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Prior to entering the NBA, Okobo played primarily overseas. He was 10th in assists per game (4.7) in the 2017-18 French Jeep Elite league. In addition to the assists, the Bordeaux, France native led the Pau-Orthez club in points per game (13.8). He was second on the team in steals per game (0.9) while checking in sixth in rebounds per game (2.7). Okobo was selected in the second round (31st overall) of the 2018 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.

Out with ankle sprain
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August 5, 2020
Okobo was ruled out for Thursday's game against the Pacers with a right ankle sprain, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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The 22-year-old didn't see the court over the first three games in the bubble, and that won't be changing versus the Pacers on Thursday. It's unclear how long Okobo is expected to be sidelined.
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Okobo's role built gradually during his rookie campaign, as his NBA debut saw him score two points and collect an assist during a 121-100 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Later in the month, Okobo finished a 117-110 loss to the Thunder with 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists. When it was all said and done he started 16 of 53 games as a Sun in 2018-19 and finished the year averaging 5.7 points and 2.4 assists in 18.1 minutes per contest. He did have a few more standout performances, however. His highest-scoring game was Nov. 28 against the Clippers, when he totaled 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. On Feb. 2, Okobo dished out a season-high 11 assists in a six-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The 6-3 point guard ultimately reached double figures in nine games, including three out of his last four contests. Okobo averaged 10.2 points in five contests in the month of April, as he started to see an expanded role with the Suns out of the postseason and several key rotation pieces dealing with nagging injuries. One of which was fellow point guard Tyler Johnson, who was acquired in a February deal but had his season cut short due to a knee injury. This allowed Okobo to step in as the backup to De'Anthony Melton during the final stages of the year.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (31st pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Phoenix Suns.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Okobo spent the 2017-18 campaign playing professionally in France for Pau-Orthez, where he finished 36 games with averages of 13.8 points, 4.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals across 26.5 minutes. He also shot 48.9 percent from the field and an impressive 41.8 percent from deep, so he should provide the Suns with a threat from all over the floor. Okobo is a combo guard and is expected to be able to play both point guard and shooting guard, though his quickest path to playing time appears to be the former. Phoenix let Elfrid Payton walk in free agency and also waived Tyler Ulis, so Brandon Knight is really the only point guard on the roster with experience. Knight will get first dibs on the top spot, but keep any eye on Okobo later in the season if the Suns opt to prioritize his development over getting a veteran like Knight minutes. Knight is also injury prone and is coming off a torn ACL, so don't be surprised to see Okobo start the year in a fairly significant role in the rotation and he could be in line for even more time if Knight goes down. Fantasy owners may want to temper expectations for him as he transitions to the NBA, but Okobo is at least someone to keep an eye on as training camp approaches.
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Joins team in Orlando
GPhoenix Suns
July 27, 2020
Okobo (personal) joined the Suns for practice Monday, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Not with Suns
GPhoenix Suns
Personal
July 22, 2020
Okobo is not with the Suns in Orlando due to personal reasons, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Available off bench
GPhoenix Suns
February 24, 2020
Okobo (ankle) has been cleared to play Monday against Utah.
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Tabbed probable Monday
GPhoenix Suns
Ankle
February 23, 2020
Okobo (ankle) is probable for Monday's contest against Utah, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Clear to play Saturday
GPhoenix Suns
February 22, 2020
Okobo (ankle) is available for Saturday's game against the Bulls, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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