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Sport Hawks lottery pick Onyeka Okongwu out for 6 months due to shoulder surgery

09:25  22 july  2021
09:25  22 july  2021 Source:   fansided.com

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Atlanta Hawks center Onyeka Okongwu -- the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft -- underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Wednesday and will miss approximately six months , sources told ESPN. Okongwu 's role grew as the season wore on for the Hawks , but a lingering Okongwu , 20, is expected to make a full recovery, sources said. Training camps start in late September, and the 82-game regular season for 2021-22 starts in mid-October. Okongwu played 50 regular-season games for the Hawks and averaged 9.2 minutes in 18 playoff games in the Hawks '

Hawks lottery pick Onyeka Okongwu will miss at least the first three regular-season games, according to a team press release. The rookie big man out of USC is recovering from inflammation of the sesamoid bone in his left foot. He has participated in modified team practice with contact and is progressing toward unlimited team practice. In his season with the Trojans, he started 28 games and averaged 16.2 PPG, 8. 6 RPG and 2.7 BPG in 30. 6 MPG. He was the sixth overall pick . The Hawks previously announced that guard and free agent acquisition Kris Dunn would miss the opener.

Atlanta Hawks big man Onyeka Okongwu will be out for approximately six months.

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The Atlanta Hawks' frontcourt depth chart was dealt a significant blow Wednesday evening, as it was reported that lottery pick Onyeka Okongwu will be out for approximately six months.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Okongwu has undergone surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Okongwu, the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, was dealing with this nagging injury during the Hawks' run to the Eastern Conference Finals starting in May, which necessitated this procedure.

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Onyeka Okongwu underwent surgery earlier tonight in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder . Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic performed the surgery . Okongwu will now enter a period of rest and rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery in approximately six months .

How and why Onyeka Okongwu became the Hawks ’ pick , what it means for the future. By Chris Kirschner and Sam Vecenie Nov 19, 2020 30. Zero. That is the number of times Travis Schlenk saw Onyeka Okongwu , the Hawks ’ selection with the sixth pick in the NBA Draft, play in person during Atlanta’s scouts were high on Okongwu and told Schlenk how he needed to go see the 6 -foot-9 center, so he made plans to see USC in the Pac-12 tournament in March. The COVID-19 pandemic ended up causing the cancellation of all conference tournaments, so Schlenk never got a look at Okongwu in

Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu out for about six months

In his rookie season in Atlanta, Okongwu saw his role behind Clint Capela off the bench increase as the season wore on. In 50 appearances, he finished the year averaging 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 12.0 minutes per game while shooting 64.4 percent from the floor.

During 18 playoff games with the Hawks, the 20-year-old big man out of USC averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game on 54.8 percent shooting.

While the raw numbers aren't overly impressive, Okongwu showed plenty of potential backing up Capela and has a bright future in this league. With John Collins being a restricted free agent and Bruno Fernando being, well, Bruno Fernando, the Hawks could use some extra help on the interior.

If Okongwu misses six months, that would put his return timeline around late January. The upcoming 2021-22 NBA season is scheduled to start on Oct. 19, with the playoffs beginning in April. That means Okongwu should be expected to miss roughly half the season, given his current timeline.

Here's hoping Okongwu makes a speedy recovery without any setbacks for a young Hawks team on the rise.

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