Onyeka Okongwu
20-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The big man had a strong freshman season at USC, where he appeared in 28 contests and averaged 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.7 blocks. With both Clint Capela and John Collins currently in place, the Hawks will likely bring Okongwu off the bench this season. Fantasy-wise, he projects to provide strong field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks numbers down the road. For this season, however, Okongwu will likely only be worth a flier in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $11.92 million contract with the Hawks in November of 2020. Contract includes $6.4 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Okongwu was born Dec. 11, 2000 in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Nigerian parents Kate and Mike Okongwu. The 6-foot-9 forward attended Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California and started on the varsity basketball team as a freshman. Also as a freshman, he was teammates with the three Ball brothers -- Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo. That season, the team secured a 35-0 record and won the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division State Title. Okongwu shared MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year honors with LaMelo Ball. Later, as a junior, Okongwu earned the California Mr. Basketball title after averaging 28 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game. He repeated the next season, becoming just the fifth player ever to do so. In college, Okongwu played one season at USC, earning First-team All-Pac-12 honors before declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft. He wears jersey No. 21 to honor his late brother.

College/International Summary

It didn't take long for Okongwu to establish himself as one of USC's best players on both ends of the floor, and the consensus top-30 recruit went on to take home 2019-20 first-team All-Pac-12 honors. He began his collegiate career with back-to-back 20-point games against Florida A&M and Portland. Shortly thereafter, he set what would end up has his college career high of 33 points Nov. 19 against Pepperdine. Okongwu ended up with 11 double-doubles in his first and only season with the Trojans, posting a career-best 14 rebounds on two separate occasions. At the end of the year, he led the Pac-12 in virtually every shooting percentage metric: field-goal percentage, effective field-goal percentage and true shooting percentage, in addition to PER. He was also second in the conference in offensive rebounds and seventh in total rebounds. The Trojans ended the season on a three-game winning streak and were set to compete for a NCAA Tournament bid via the Pac-12 tournament, but both events were ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Records 11 points in 11 minutes
CAtlanta Hawks
May 12, 2021
Okongwu scored 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds across 11 minutes in a 120-116 victory over the Wizards on Wednesday.
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Okongwu picked up his sixth double-digit-scoring game of the season thanks to an efficient showing on offense. The center doesn't have a huge role in the rotation, having averaged just 12.5 minutes across his last seven contests, but he's posted 6.9 points (on 75.0 percent shooting from the field) and 3.1 rebounds per game over that span.
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Transaction History
  • November 24, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $11.92 million contract with the Hawks.
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Shines in comfortable victory
CAtlanta Hawks
May 6, 2021
Okongwu totaled 14 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in 18 minutes during Wednesday's 135-103 victory over the Suns.
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Moving back to bench
CAtlanta Hawks
April 25, 2021
Okongwu will return to the bench for Sunday's game against Milwaukee, Hawks radio voice Mike Conti reports.
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Scores eight points off bench
CAtlanta Hawks
April 15, 2021
Okongwu recorded eight points (4-4 FG), two rebounds and one block across nine minutes during Thursday's 120-109 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.
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Posts first career double-double
CAtlanta Hawks
April 7, 2021
Okongwu posted 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 131-113 loss to the Grizzlies.
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Starting for Capela
CAtlanta Hawks
April 7, 2021
Okongwu will start Wednesday's game against Memphis, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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