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2021-22 Atlanta Hawks Player Preview: Clint Capela

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The absence on Okongwu for the first 2-3 months of the season amplifies the need for Capela to be durable this season, as the Hawks don’t have a ton at center behind newly acquired Gorgui Dieng, who is set to take on the minutes left vacant by the Okongwu injury.

The depth Atlanta will have upon the return of Okongwu will also ideally allow the Hawks to manage Capela if needed down the stretch of the season, as the 27-year old received a PRP injection in his Achilles this offseason after playing through Achilles soreness last season. If there’s any complaint about last season at center, it is probably that Okongwu and Bruno Fernando did not do enough in the backup minutes, particularly early last season. Okongwu improved over the course of the season and had a solid postseason in small role, but overall he wasn’t very impactful as a rookie in the regular season.

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