Chuma Okeke

Chuma Okeke

23-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After missing all of his would-be rookie season due to a torn ACL, the 16th overall pick in 2019 made his NBA debut last season. Things didn't start off on a great note, as he missed all of January due to a knee injury, but he was eventually given a much bigger role once the Magic dealt Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline and committed to a rebuild. During his final 18 appearances, Okeke averaged 12.8 points on 45/35/81 shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.2 combined steals-plus-blocks. While the end of his season was also cut short due to an ankle injury, he still managed to rank 86th in per-game fantasy value from March 24 through the final game of the season. Heading into 2021-22, there's a good chance Okeke will start at power forward, though he'll be competing with rookie Franz Wagner, who was selected with the eighth overall pick over the summer. Still, even if Okeke doesn't start, he should be in line for minutes in the mid-to-upper 20s for the rebuilding squad. Given what he was able to accomplish when given real minutes last season, fantasy managers have justification to take a late-round flier on him, though he might end up really only being viable in deeper leagues, especially if Jonathan Isaac (knee) can stay healthy and Wagner plays well. Dynasty/keeper league managers should be encouraged by the 23-year-old's rookie campaign, however. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Magic in November of 2020. Magic exercised $3.43 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
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Chukwuma Julian "Chuma" Okeke was born in 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Chuka Okeke, is from Nigeria. The 6-foot-8 forward attended Westlake High School in his hometown Atlanta. As a junior, Okeke led the Lions to the Georgia Class 6A state championship. During his senior season at Westlake, Okeke averaged 24.4 points, 15.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals. At the end of the campaign, Okeke was named Mr. Georgia Basketball by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. In 2017, he was invited to the USA Basketball U19 World Cup tryouts. As a sophomore at Auburn, Okeke tore the ACL in his left knee during the Tigers' 2019 Sweet 16 NCAA tournament game but still declared in May for the 2019 NBA Draft. His favorite movie is Gridiron Gang, and his favorite food is Philly cheesesteak. His full first name, Chukwuma, means "God Knows." Chuma Okeke played two seasons of college ball at Auburn University. During his 2017-18 freshman season, Okeke appeared in 34 games off the bench and averaged 7.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in nearly 22 minutes per game. His 197 total rebounds was the most by an Auburn freshman since Jeff Moore in 1984-85. As a sophomore in 2018-19, Okeke started all 38 games in which he played. The forward posted 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks over 29.1 minutes per game. His 69 steals ranked second in the SEC. Okeke's Tigers made it to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, where they defeated North Carolina. But during the game, Okeke tore the ACL in his left knee. That May, Okeke declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and was drafted 16th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Love some Keke
FOrlando Magic
April 8, 2022
Okeke posted 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-11 3Pt), seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals over 34 minutes during Thursday's 128-101 loss to Charlotte.
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Okeke assembled an impressive and versatile performance. Shooting just 31.5 percent from beyond the arc this season, his 38.9 percent average from his career at Auburn hasn't yet translated to NBA efficiency. However, Okeke has merit as a rebounder and defender in addition to his potential three-point prowess. The 23-year-old remains under team control until 2024.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Won't be held back
FOrlando Magic
December 7, 2020
The Magic won't hold Okeke back this next season but will try to bring him into the rotation slowly, according to Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel.
ANALYSIS
Okeke was taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft despite the fact he suffered a torn ACL during the NCAA tournament that March, and he sat out the entire 2019-20 season to rehab properly. It remains to be seen what kind of role he will have in 2020-21, but all signs would seem to suggest he will start on the bench -- he has gone almost 18 months without playing a single game. Okeke might have a shot at earning minutes as the replacement of Jonathan Isaac, who has been ruled out of the 2020-21 season with a knee injury.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 16th overall pick of the 2019 draft, Okeke is finally officially in the fold with the Magic after rehabbing a torn ACL throughout the duration of what would have been his rookie season. Okeke entered the draft after a solid sophomore season in Auburn, where he averaged 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks across 29.1 minutes over 38 games. Okeke displayed impressive shooting prowess as well via a 49.6 percent success rate from the floor, including 38.7 percent from three-point range. The 6-foot-8 big initially projects to slot in behind capable veteran Al-Farouq Aminu on a power forward depth chart helmed by Aaron Gordon, but he could potentially carve out a bigger role over the course of the season if Aminu encounters further issues with meniscus he tore in November 2019. Okeke himself appears to be back to full health, although it's likely that the Magic eases him into NBA action cautiously early in the season before potentially affording him more run as the campaign unfolds.
Okeke, selected 16th overall in the 2019 Draft, enjoyed a breakout sophomore season at Auburn. He started 38 games, putting up 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest. However, he tore his ACL during the NCAA Tournament, so he'll likely miss at least the first month or two of his rookie season. At 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, Okeke has an NBA-ready body at 21 years old and will likely play power forward as a professional. He has strong upside as a three-and-D player considering his steal and block rate, plus his 55-for-142 (38.7 percent) mark from distance last season. Once he's healthy, his path to playing time won't be easy, however. The Magic are looking to be competitive, and Okeke will have to truly beat out the likes of Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and Terrence Ross for minutes.
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Approaches double-double
FOrlando Magic
April 5, 2022
Okeke put up 11 points (3-9 FG, 3-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in Tuesday's 120-115 win over Cleveland.
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Returns to starting five
FOrlando Magic
March 30, 2022
Okeke is starting Wednesday's game against the Wizards.
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Will come off bench Monday
FOrlando Magic
March 28, 2022
Okeke will come off the bench during Monday's contest against the Cavaliers.
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Starting again Saturday
FOrlando Magic
March 26, 2022
Okeke is starting Saturday's game against the Kings.
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Leads Magic with 19 points
FOrlando Magic
March 23, 2022
Okeke added 19 points (6-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one block during Wednesday's 118-102 loss to the Thunder.
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