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Atlanta Hawks’ Onyeka Okongwu out about 6 months after shoulder surgery

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Atlanta Hawks center Onyeka Okongwu – the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft – underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Wednesday, and he will miss approximately six months, the team announced.

Okongwu’s role grew as the season wore on for the Hawks, but a lingering injury beginning in May resulted in the need for the procedure.

Okongwu played 50 regular-season games for the Hawks and averaged 9.2 minutes in 18 playoff games in the Hawks’ run to the Eastern Conference finals.

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

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