Onyeka Okongwu

20-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
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Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 12/10/2021
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.
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.

Third-year option picked up
CAtlanta Hawks
Shoulder
October 19, 2021
The Hawks exercised Okongwu's (shoulder) $6.4 million club option for 2022-23 on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Okongwu is expected to be sidelined until some point in December after undergoing shoulder surgery in July, but the 20-year-old center showed enough promise during an injury-plagued rookie season for the Hawks to exercise his third-year option. Once healthy, Okongwu will likely challenge Gorgui Dieng for the top backup role behind starter Clint Capela.
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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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Aiming to return in December
CAtlanta Hawks
Shoulder
September 27, 2021
Okongwu (shoulder) said Monday that he's hoping to return to game action sometime in December, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Undergoes shoulder surgery
CAtlanta Hawks
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July 21, 2021
Okongwu underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to miss roughly six months, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Efficient performance
CAtlanta Hawks
May 17, 2021
Okongwu posted 21 points (10-13 FG, 1-3 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of action during Sunday's 124-95 win against the Rockets.
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Will play Sunday
CAtlanta Hawks
May 16, 2021
Okongwu (shoulder) will be available for Sunday's game against Houston, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
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Questionable for finale
CAtlanta Hawks
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May 15, 2021
Okongwu is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rockets due to right shoulder soreness, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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