Bumped to the bench in favor of the newly acquired Tyler Johnson following seven straight starts, Okobo didn't see a significant decline in minutes as a result of the move. Even so, Okobo once again struggled to find a rhythm from the field or distance. He owns a 37.8 field-goal percentage and 13 three-point percentage over his past eight games and could be headed to the G League once De'Anthony Melton (ankle) returns to action.
Okobo is not listed in the starting lineup for Sunday's game at Sacramento, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Okobo started the last seven games with De'Anthony Melton (ankle) sidelined, but recent acquisition Tyler Johnson will now enter the starting five. Okobo struggled and averaged only 4.9 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds across 24.9 minutes as the fill-in starter. The 21-year-old should continue to be fairly involved off the bench until Melton is able to make his return.
Though earlier reports suggested the newly acquired Tyler Johnson would step in as the team's starting point guard Friday, Okobo ended up retaining the top job for the seventh game in a row. The rookie once again underwhelmed, however, and is now averaging just 4.9 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game over that stretch while shooting 39.5 percent from the field. Even if Okobo ends up sticking on the top unit for a little while longer, it's expected that Johnson and eventually, De'Anthony Melton (ankle), will both be in store for larger shares of playing time at the position.
Okobo ended with nine points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 11 assists, and three rebounds in 31 minutes during Saturday's 118-112 loss to Atlanta.
Okobo handed out a career-high 11 assists Saturday in what was a big step for his development. The Suns continue to roll with him as the starting point-guard despite plenty of inconsistencies. Owners in standard formats should not rush out to grab him just yet but would be advised to monitor his progress over the coming weeks.
Okobo is expected to make a second consecutive start at point guard Sunday against the Lakers with De'Anthony Melton (ankle) sidelined, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Okobo moved up to the top unit and played 31 minutes in Friday's 132-95 loss to the Nuggets but failed to capitalize on the opportunity, managing just seven points (3-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt), four assists and three rebounds. Though another high-minute role likely awaits Okobo on Sunday, he'll be difficult to count on for fantasy purposes with Devin Booker still operating as the Suns' main scorer and facilitator.
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