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.

Starting vs. Bucks
CAtlanta Hawks
January 24, 2021
Okongwu will start Sunday's game against Milwaukee, Sarah Spencer of the Journal-Constitution reports.
ANALYSIS
With Clint Capela (hand) ruled out, Okongwu will make his first start in just his fourth career NBA game. The USC product saw only four minutes of action off the bench in Friday's win over the Timberwolves. Prior to that, he played 14 minutes Wednesday against Detroit, posting two points, six boards and three blocks.
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Transaction History
  • November 24, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $11.92 million contract with the Hawks.
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Quality line in abbreviated minutes
CAtlanta Hawks
January 16, 2021
Okongwu (toe) played 14 minutes off the bench Friday in the Hawks' 116-92 loss to the Jazz, scoring four points (2-6 FG) and adding five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
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Faces minutes restriction
CAtlanta Hawks
January 15, 2021
Okongwu will have a 15-minute restriction against the Jazz on Friday, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Off injury report
CAtlanta Hawks
January 14, 2021
Okongwu (toe) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Jazz, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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Likely to debut Wednesday
CAtlanta Hawks
Toe
January 12, 2021
Okongwu (toe) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Suns, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Could debut over weekend
CAtlanta Hawks
Toe
January 12, 2021
General manager Travis Schlenk said Tuesday that Okongwu (toe) is on track to make his Atlanta debut later in the week, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports.
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