Hawks select C Onyeka Okongwu 6th overall

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Onyeka Okongwu is a name Hawks fans have been excited about, and there’s a good reason why:

 

Okongwu is a physical specimen that overpowered opponents as a freshman in college. He’s an elite rim protector, but he’s extremely raw as an offensive prospect, often just bullying his way to the basket. There’s a lot to work with, though, and his ability as a defensive force and a rebounder give him a high floor.

 

I like his projectability as a shooter, and he can take over for Dedmon behind Capela after this season. With a thinner rotation in the frontcourt, he should get plenty of looks. He did have a foot injury that surfaced before the draft, so his status to start the season is questionable.

 

Welcome to Atlanta Onyeka!

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