Onyeka Okongwu

21-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Okongwu, the sixth overall pick in 2020, was a backup to Clint Capela as a rookie. He saw 12.0 minutes per game and averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 64.4 percent from the field. He showed good upside as a defender, posting 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals per 36 minutes. Okongwu won't be available to start the 2021-22 season. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to be out until late January. In the meantime, Gorgui Dieng and John Collins should see extra center minutes. Once Okongwu returns, he's still stuck behind Capela, so he has little upside this season. There's still reason to hang onto Okongwu in dynasty leagues, but it won't pay off until he's in a better situation. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $11.92 million contract with the Hawks in November of 2020. Hawks exercised $6.4 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021. Contract includes $8.11 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Coming off bench
CAtlanta Hawks
April 19, 2022
Okongwu will come off the bench during Tuesday's Game 2 against the Heat, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
ANALYSIS
John Collins will get the nod at center after the Hawks were dismantled in Game 1. Okongwu should still see plenty of action off the bench.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Wants in on Rising Stars Challenge
CAtlanta Hawks
January 31, 2022
Okongwu is showing improvement across the board in his second season, and he recently expressed his worthiness for an opportunity in the Rising Stars Challenge in an interview with HoopsHype.
ANALYSIS
"Everybody can see what I do out there on the court. I think my play really speaks for itself, especially defensively with what I've been able to do, guarding on the ball and helping. Offensively, I've got my confidence back. I've doubled my points scoring to almost 10. At the end of the day, we're on a six-game winning streak playing good basketball, and I'm part of the mix ..." Okongwu has been efficient offensively and a plus-defender -- imperatives when filling in for Clint Capela. His averages of 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season are both roughly double his rookie year production, but his backup status limits his attention and ceiling.
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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.
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Leading rebounder off bench
CAtlanta Hawks
April 16, 2022
Okongwu contributed two points (1-1 FG), nine rebounds and one steal in the 107-101 win over Cleveland on Friday.
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Double-double off bench
CAtlanta Hawks
March 31, 2022
Okongwu recorded 17 points (6-6 FG, 5-6 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and one block in 25 minutes off the bench during Thursday's 131-107 win over the Cavaliers.
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Quiet in Friday's victory
CAtlanta Hawks
March 25, 2022
Okongwu finished with five rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 17 minutes during Friday's 121-110 win over the Warriors.
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Struggles offensively Tuesday
CAtlanta Hawks
March 22, 2022
Okongwu ended with two points (1-2 FG, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, one block and one steal across 19 minutes during Tuesday's 117-111 victory over New York.
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Strong off bench
CAtlanta Hawks
March 13, 2022
Okongwu produced 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one block across 26 minutes during Sunday's 131-128 victory over the Pacers.
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