Okongwu played in 50 games during his first season in the NBA. The rookie averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 0.5 steals and 0.4 assists in 12.0 minutes per game. The 2020 No. 6 overall pick shot 64.4 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the free-throw line. In four starts, the 20-year-old averaged 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.3 minutes per game. Okongwu scored in double figures seven times, including a season-high 21 against the Rockets on May 16. During the 124-95 win, the USC product went 10-13 from the field and 1-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also tallied a season-high 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of action. The 6-foot-8 center grabbed five-plus rebounds 15 times and double-digit rebounds twice, registering two double-doubles. Defensively, the ex-Trojan notched at least one steal in 22 games and multiple steals in five games, including a season-high three against the Suns on May 5. He also blocked at least one shot 32 times, at least two shots 11 times and three shots three times. Per 36 minutes, Okongwu averaged 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.1 assists.
November 24, 2020Signed a two-year, $11.92 million contract with the Hawks.