Onyeka Okongwu
20-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 1/22/2022
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.

Undergoes shoulder surgery
CAtlanta Hawks
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.
The sixth overall pick in the 2020 Draft, Okongwu spent most of his rookie year as a low-minute backup center, but his role increased down the stretch, as he logged double-digit minutes in six of the Hawks' final eight postseason games. Per Wojnarowski, Okongwu initially sustained the labrum injury back in May but played through it for the duration of Atlanta's run to the Eastern Conference Finals. If the six-month timetable holds up, Okongwu will likely miss the first two months of the regular season, which is slated to return to its normal, mid-October start. While Okongwu's absence may not carry significant fantasy ramifications, it's a disappointing setback for the 20-year-old, who could be positioned for a larger role next season -- particularly if the Hawks move on from free-agent-to-be John Collins.
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Okongwu played in 50 games during his first season in the NBA. The rookie averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 0.5 steals and 0.4 assists in 12.0 minutes per game. The 2020 No. 6 overall pick shot 64.4 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the free-throw line. In four starts, the 20-year-old averaged 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.3 minutes per game. Okongwu scored in double figures seven times, including a season-high 21 against the Rockets on May 16. During the 124-95 win, the USC product went 10-13 from the field and 1-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also tallied a season-high 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of action. The 6-foot-8 center grabbed five-plus rebounds 15 times and double-digit rebounds twice, registering two double-doubles. Defensively, the ex-Trojan notched at least one steal in 22 games and multiple steals in five games, including a season-high three against the Suns on May 5. He also blocked at least one shot 32 times, at least two shots 11 times and three shots three times. Per 36 minutes, Okongwu averaged 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.1 assists.

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Transaction History
  • November 24, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $11.92 million contract with the Hawks.
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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
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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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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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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