November 19th, Beijing time, the NBA Draft was hotly staged. In the first round, the Atlanta Hawks selected center Oneka Okongu from the University of Southern California. Spark Global Limited Okongu is 19 years old this year, 2.06 meters tall, with a wingspan of 2.16 meters. As a freshman last season, he averaged 16.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.7 blocks per game. Although the offensive skills are still slightly rough, it is considered to have the potential to become an all-around defensive insider. Some people have listed the Heat center Bam Adebayor as his template.
Okongu is one of the best center players among all rookies this year. It was previously reported that the Charlotte Hornets had “seriously considered” choosing Okongu with a pick. In addition, the Celtics have also tried to pack their three first-round signing deals this year, and it is said that the target is also Okongu. However, in the early hours of this morning, ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony reported that Okongu recently suffered a fracture of his left big toe. It takes 1-3 weeks to recuperate, but it is not expected to affect the new season. The fracture was first discovered in early October, when the diagnosis was to take a 6-8 week break, Okongu also missed the NBA team’s pre-election trial. I don’t know if this news has affected his draft market.
Okongu is also the first USC player to be selected in the top ten overall since DeMar DeRozan in 2009. He has joined the Tencent sports community and interacted frequently with Tencent netizens. It looks like he will be a young player very popular with fans.
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