Hawks’ Okongwu out 6 months after surgical procedure

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Atlanta Hawks middle Onyeka Okongwu — the sixth general decide within the 2020 NBA draft — underwent surgical procedure to restore a torn labrum in his proper shoulder on Wednesday, and he’ll miss roughly six months, the crew introduced.

Okongwu’s position grew because the season wore on for the Hawks, however a lingering harm starting in Could resulted within the want for the process. Famend surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe carried out the process on Okongwu in Los Angeles.

Okongwu, 20, is predicted to make a full restoration.

Coaching camps begin in late September, and the 82-game common season for 2021-22 commences in mid-October.

Okongwu performed 50 regular-season video games for the Hawks and averaged 9.2 minutes in 18 playoff video games within the Hawks’ run to the Jap Convention finals. Okongwu confirmed vital promise in incomes extra minutes behind starter Clint Capela because the season wore on.

The Hawks drafted Okongwu out of the College of Southern California, the place he was a first-team All-Pac 12 performer in his one season of faculty basketball.