Okobo drew another start and saw extended opportunity when Devin Booker was forced out of the game after only logging eight minutes due to an ankle issue. The 21-year-old's scoring tally was his highest since Nov. 28, with the elevated usage he was as a result of Booker's exit and Deandre Ayton's (ankle) absence playing a significant role in his spike. With both players potentially sidelined for a favorable matchup against the Pelicans on Friday, Okobo could make for a sneaky play in daily leagues in particular.
Okobo is starting Monday's game against the Cavaliers.
Okobo will join the starting lineup after scoring just three points in three of his previous four contests. De'Anthony Melton will come off the bench as a result.
Okobo has been recalled from the G League ahead of Friday's contest against the Rockets.
With Tyler Johnson (knee) sitting out Friday's game, Okobo will provide some extra point guard depth. In 44 games this season, Okobo is averaging 5.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds across 17.8 minutes.
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.
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