Onyeka Okongwu

#17 C / Atlanta Hawks / EXP: 1YRS Height: 6-8 Weight: 240 lb Age: 20 College: USC

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Still no timetable for return

    Coach Nate McMillan said Tuesday that there's still no timetable for Onyeka Okongwu's return from a shoulder injury, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.Okongwu underwent shoulder surgery in July and was initially expected back sometime in December. While McMillan wouldn't commit to a timeline for the 20-year-old's return, he did say that the 2020 first-round pick played 3-on-3 Monday and "came out okay." Regardless, the Atlanta Hawks are expected to be cautious with their 6-foot-8 big man. When he does return, he is expected to challenge Gorgui Dieng for the top backup role behind starter Clint Capela.

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Third-year option picked up

    The Atlanta Hawks exercised Onyeka Okongwu's (shoulder) $6.4 million club option for 2022-23 on Friday.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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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Aiming to return in December

    Onyeka 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.The second-year big man underwent shoulder surgery in July and is expected to remain limited for the next few months. He said Monday that his rehab is progressing well and that he's already begun working out on the court. "My shoulder is doing well," Okongwu said at media day. "Rehab is going well. I'm working my tail off to try to get this healed as fast as possible." The USC product is without a firm timetable, but he mentioned his 21st birthday (Dec. 11) as a potential target return date. If he were to make his debut around that time -- the Atlanta Hawks host the Rockets on Dec. 13 -- Okongwu would miss the first 26 games of the season.

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Undergoes shoulder surgery

    Onyeka 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 Atlanta 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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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Efficient performance

    Onyeka 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.Okongwu easily had his best performance of the season, notching season-highs for points, rebounds and assists. The center received his fourth start of the season replacing Clint Capela who was forced to miss the game with an Achilles injury. The 20-year-old is finally starting to see more minutes, averaging 14.7 minutes per game in the past month.

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Will play Sunday

    Onyeka Okongwu (shoulder) will be available for Sunday's game against Houston, KL Chouinard of Atlanta Hawks.com reports.The rookie was on the initial injury report with a shoulder injury, but he'll play through it in the regular season finale. With Clint Capela (Achilles) questionable, Okongwu could be set for a one-time bump in minutes as the Hawks head into the postseason.

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Questionable for finale

    Onyeka Okongwu is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rockets due to right shoulder soreness, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.Okongwu was able to practice Saturday, which is a good sign, but it's not a given that he'll be feeling well enough to play in the regular-season finale. If he sits out, more minutes will be available for Nathan Knight and Bruno Fernando.

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Records 11 points in 11 minutes

    Onyeka 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.Okongwu picked up his sixth double-digit-scoring game of the season thanks to an efficient showing on offense. The center doesn't have a huge role in the rotation, having averaged just 12.5 minutes across his last seven contests, but he's posted 6.9 points (on 75.0 percent shooting from the field) and 3.1 rebounds per game over that span.

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Shines in comfortable victory

    Onyeka 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.Okongwu had arguably his best game of the season in what was a surprising victory over the red-hot Suns. With matters well in hand, the bench unit was able to excel down the stretch, as demonstrated by Okongwu's performance. Despite some obvious upside, the minutes typically aren't there on a nightly basis and so Okongwu is better suited to dynasty formats at this stage.

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    Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu: Moving back to bench

    Onyeka Okongwu will return to the bench for Sunday's game against Milwaukee, Atlanta Hawks radio voice Mike Conti reports.As expected, the rookie will move back to a reserve role with Clint Capela set to return from a one-game absence. In Friday's cameo with the starting five, Okongwu went for six points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 28 minutes of action.

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