Chuma Okeke
Chuma Okeke
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Magic in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

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."

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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.

Efficient in loss
FOrlando Magic
April 16, 2021
Okeke tallied 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds and one steal in Friday's 113-102 loss to the Magic.
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The 22-year-old scored double-digit points for the first time since April 4. Before Friday's game, Okeke was averaging just 7.5 points in 29.0 minutes over his past four games but has made up for it with 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks in that span. The rookie is locked into 30-35 minutes a game the rest of the way for the rebuilding Magic.
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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Selected in the first round (16th overall) by the Orlando Magic in the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • November 16, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Orlando Magic.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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Playing Wednesday
FOrlando Magic
April 14, 2021
Okeke (hip) will play Wednesday against the Bulls. He will be on a minutes limit.
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Questionable for Wednesday
FOrlando Magic
Hip
April 13, 2021
Okeke (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game at Chicago.
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Available with minutes restriction
FOrlando Magic
April 12, 2021
Okeke (hip) is available to play on a minutes limit Monday against San Antonio, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Questionable for Monday
FOrlando Magic
Hip
April 12, 2021
Okeke (hip) is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Spurs, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Unavailable Sunday
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Hip
April 11, 2021
Okeke (hip) won't play Sunday against the Bucks.
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