Udoka Azubuike

Udoka Azubuike

24-Year-Old CenterC
 Free Agent    
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Suns in August of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Udoka Timothy Azubuike (pronounced you-DOE-kuh az-uh-BOO-kee) was born September 17, 1999 in Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and a major seaport. He is the son of Fabian and Florence Azubuike. HIs father, a policeman, died tragically of an undiagnosed disease when Udoka was 10 years old. When he was 13, Udoka moved to the United States, escaping a Nigerian government in turmoil. Azubuike lived with a host family in Jacksonville, Florida while his mother, a middle school teacher, had to stay behind in Lagos. After a few months in Florida, Azubuike's host parents, Harry and Donna Coxsome, became his legal guardians. As a freshman in his first high school game for Potter's House Christian Academy, Azubuike faced future NBA star Joel Embiid, who was a senior. Embiid later helped recruit Azubuike to the University of Kansas, where the scholarly Azubuike spent four years. At Kansas, Azubuike was a three-time Academic All-Big-12 honoree and was named Big 12 Player of the Year after his senior season. Azubuike has also been a volunteer coach at the Special Olympics. He graduated with a degree in liberal arts and sciences. Fans can follow the big 7-footer on Twitter @TimUdoka. Azubuike attended the University of Kansas for four years, from 2016 to 2020. His four year career field goal percentage of 74.9 percent was, at the time, the highest in NCAA history. As a freshman, the 7-footer appeared in 11 games with six starts and averaged 12.9 minutes per game before a wrist injury shortened his season. As a sophomore, Azubuike started every regular season game for the Jayhawks, before hurting his left knee in the Big 12 Tournament. He returned to action in the NCAA Tournament and helped Kansas reach the Final Four. Through 36 games as a sophomore, the burly Nigerian posted 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 77 percent from the field, which led the nation. An ankle and then wrist injury forced Azubuike to miss all but nine games if his 2018-19 junior season. The wrist injury and subsequent surgery prevented the big center from participating at the NBA Combine and he decided to return to Kansas for his senior season. In 2019-20, Azubuike averaged a double-double of 13.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game while again leading the nation in field goal percentage (74.8 percent). Azubuike and Devon Dotson led the Jayhawks to a 28-3 record before the 2019-20 NCAA season was cut short by COVID-19.

Becomes unrestricted free agent
CFree Agent
July 9, 2024
The Suns didn't extend a qualifying offer to Azubuike on Tuesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Sam Amico of HoopsWire.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The No. 27 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, Azubuike will be looking for a new home after stints in Utah and Phoenix over the past four seasons. The 24-year-old center holds career averages of 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds across 8.6 minutes in 84 total games. He spent the 2023-24 season on a two-way deal with Phoenix.
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How does Udoka Azubuike compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Turnover %
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True Shooting %
60.9%
 
Effective Field Goal %
69.6%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
0.0%
 
Free Throw Rate
56.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
11.6%
 
Defensive Rebound %
20.1%
 
Total Rebound %
16.1%
 
Assist %
3.6%
 
Steal %
0.4%
 
Block %
4.7%
 
Turnover %
11.1%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
5.9
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Azubuike was a depth center option for the Jazz last season behind Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. He'll be in the same situation this season, though Favors has been replaced by Hassan Whiteside. So, Azubuike may only see minutes when one of the two players ahead of him are injured. That makes him able to be ignored in almost every fantasy league.
At seven feet tall with a 7-foot-7 wingspan and weighing 270 pounds, Azubuike is a bruising, old-school center. He moves well for his size, too, and can wear down opponents on both ends of the court. Rebounding and shot-blocking should be his NBA strengths early in his career. However, conditioning issues are a concern, and Azubuike leaves much to be desired at the charity stripe, making just 42 percent of his freebies in college. As a rookie, he's expected to be Rudy Gobert's backup, so his fantasy upside is relatively low.
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Will play Thursday
CPhoenix Suns
January 10, 2024
Azubuike (illness) will be available to play in Thursday's game against the Lakers.
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Ruled out Monday
CPhoenix Suns
Illness
January 8, 2024
Azubuike (illness) is inactive Monday against the Clippers, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Unlikely to play Monday
CPhoenix Suns
Illness
January 8, 2024
Azubuike is doubtful for Monday's game against the Clippers due to an illness.
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Records double-double in loss
CPhoenix Suns
December 23, 2023
Azubuike totaled 11 points (5-5 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and one block over 22 minutes during Friday's 120-105 loss to the Kings.
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Joins Suns on two-way deal
CPhoenix Suns
July 31, 2023
Azubuike and the Suns agreed Monday on a two-way contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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CPhoenix Suns
December 17, 2023
Azubuike has not logged minutes since Nov. 5, being a healthy scratch for Phoenix's last 18 games.
ANALYSIS
Azubuike and Bol Bol have been phased out of Phoenix's lineups, but Chimezie Metu has climbed into a rotational frontcourt role over the past 10 games. Jusuf Nurkic and Drew Eubanks have been remarkably durable, with Eubanks accounting for the lone missed game between the duo. Azubuike appears firmly buried as a fourth-string option.
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