Hawks' Onyeka Okongwu to miss six months after shoulder surgery

Atlanta Hawks forward Onyeka Okongwu (17) is fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) as he goes up for a basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)

Atlanta Hawks forward-centre Onyeka Okongwu had surgery Wednesday night in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The team said Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic performed the surgery. Okongwu is expected to be fully recovered in about six months.

Selected sixth overall after one season at Southern California, Okongwu averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 12.0 minutes as a rookie in 50 regular-season games. In 18 playoff games, he averaged 2.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 9.2 minutes.

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