KZ Okpala
KZ Okpala
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Miami Heat  NBA  
Miami Heat
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Heat in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Okpala was born April 28, 1999 in Orange County, California. His full name is Chikezie Okpala, but he prefers to go by "KZ" and has the nickname "Kook". He is the son of Martin and Mary Okpala, and he has two older sisters (Kiki and Chisom) and one older brother (Toby). Chisom was an All-Big West volleyball player at Long Beach State. Outside of basketball, Okpala enjoys pop culture, especially music and fashion. He hopes to one day own a record label and manage artists along with his brother. Okpala underwent a growth spurt in high school from 5-foot-11 as a freshman to 6-foot-8 as a senior. He averaged 30 points and 11 rebounds during his senior season at Esperanza High School and owns the school's single-game scoring record (46). You can follow Okpala on Twitter @kz_okpala_ or on Instagram @kzokpala.

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The start of Okpala's Stanford career was delayed after the 6-foot-8 forward was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester. He missed 11 games and made his debut against Kansas. He started 21 games and provided 10.0 points and 3.7 rebounds. The freshman had a season-high 23 points in the Pac-12 Tournament loss to UCLA and scored at least 20 points in three other games. The Cardinals relied on Okpala for scoring in his second season. He averaged 16.8 points to go with 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. The forward opened the season with 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a win over Seattle. It was the first of 14 games with at least 20 points, including a 30-point effort in a win over California. He also had a streak of four 20-point games during Pac-12 play. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and declared for the 2019 NBA Draft after the season. Okpala was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 32nd overall pick but was soon after traded to the Miami Heat.

Minor role in first two games back
FMiami Heat
April 15, 2021
Okpala played six minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Heat's 123-106 loss to the Nuggets, recording one rebound and one assist.
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Okpala ended up seeing light minutes in both games of the Heat's back-to-back set after he had been sidelined for nearly three weeks while waiting to clear the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocol. With the exception of Victor Oladipo (knee), all of the Heat's key wings and forwards are healthy, so Okpala doesn't look like he'll see many opportunities in the foreseeable future.
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Following two collegiate seasons at Stanford, Okpala was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. About two weeks later, he was traded to the Heat as part of a three-team trade that also notably sent T.J. Warren to the Pacers. Okpala's playing time as a rookie was limited mainly due to an Achilles injury. He made his NBA debut Oct. 23 in a win over the Grizzlies, grabbing one rebound. During his fifth and final appearance in a game against the Kings on Feb. 7, Okpala had his best performance of the campaign. The forward posted seven points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 21 minutes.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (32nd pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Miami Heat
  • July 7, 2019
    Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Miami Heat.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Okpala joins Miami as the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 Draft. He spent two seasons at Stanford, starting 50 of his 52 appearances. Last season, he was selected to the All-Pac-12 First Team on the back of 16.8 points (46.3 FG%, 36.8 3P%, 67.1 FT%), 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 32.7 minutes. While his free-throw percentage is a bit of a concern, he did a good job of getting to the line, taking 6.0 freebies per contest. Minutes won't be easy to come by on the wing for Okpala, as he'll be competing for a backup role with the likes of Derrick Jones, Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Tyler Herro. It seems unlikely Okpala will have standard fantasy league relevance.
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Cleared to play
FMiami Heat
April 13, 2021
Okpala (COVID-19 protocols) is available for Tuesday's game against the Suns.
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Out Tuesday
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Covid-19
April 12, 2021
Okpala (COVID-19 protocols) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against Phoenix.
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Out Sunday
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Covid-19
April 10, 2021
Okpala (COVID-19 protocols) is out Sunday against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
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Out Thursday
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Covid-19
April 7, 2021
Okpala (COVID-19 protocols) is out Thursday against the Lakers.
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Out again Tuesday
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Covid-19
April 5, 2021
Okpala (COVID protocols) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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