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September 26, 2018, 4:45 pmJosh OkogieG/F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie impressed teammates early in training camp with his energy on both ends of the floor.
“Holy crap, Josh plays with so much energy,” said forward Anthony Tolliver. “He never stops on both ends of the floor. His motor is crazy. That’s really something that’s going to help this team, because that’s contagious,” said Tyus Jones. Okogie was a favorite of many following the NBA draft back in June and this was part of the reason. His potential to impact the game on both ends lies in his high motor, something Tom Thibodeau loves in players. With the likely exit of Jimmy Butler, there will be a gaping hole on the wing and Okogie could help fill it. Although, Thibodeau has a history of not giving rookies any meaningful playing time. He is one to watch during training camp and preseason.
August 22, 2018, 10:58 amJosh OkogieG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie was named MVP of the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, an event held every summer to prepare the league's newest players for life as a professional.
Rookies last week in the New York City area attended seminars on topics such as money management, social media and life after basketball and listened to speakers such as current NBA stars Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony as well as former star Grant Hill, who at age 45 now owns a piece of the Atlanta Hawks. Okogie won based upon staff recommendations, by compiling points awarded during various competitions held and for displaying such qualities as leadership, participation and engagement that embody the program’s theme: Be a Pro. A 6’4” shooting guard drafted for his drive and defense, Okogie impressed at Las Vegas Summer League with his speed and shooting while his professionalism will certainly make a difference with Tom Thibodeau.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
July 8, 2018, 5:07 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie put up 16 points and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes on Sunday.
Okogie shot poorly as he made 5-of-15 shots from the floor and 1-of-5 from three-point range. The T-Wolves first-round pick will have plenty of opportunities in the Summer League to prove he deserves playing time. He will likely not have much fantasy value for next season and will not see much floor time either.
July 7, 2018, 3:37 amJosh OkogieG, Minnesota Timberwolves
No. 20 pick Josh Okogie scored 10 points but added seven rebound, four assists, two steal and three blocks in Friday’s 69-70 loss to the Nuggets.
The efficiency wasn’t there for Okogie tonight, shooting 2-for-10 from the field, 1-for-5 from 3 and 5-for-8 from the line, in addition to his five turnovers but he was a whirlwind all over the court including a nasty block at the rim despite being 6’4″. His shooting should pick up and he looks like he might be a late-round steal for the Wolves. Unfortunately for him, coach Thibs doesn’t play his rookies much; if either the under-performing Andrew Wiggins or the disgruntled Jimmy Butler are traded, Okogie would be a great add.
June 21, 2018, 9:46 pmJosh OkogieG/F, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves have selected Josh Okogie out of Georgia Tech with the 20th pick in the draft.
Okogie profiles as a strong 3-and-D player and put together a great final campaign with the Yellow Jackets, posting averages of 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 38 percent from behind the arc. He also got the the free throw line more than six times per game and racked up those boards despite standing at just 6'4". Okogie had a great showing at the combine and was measured with a 7'0" wingspan, so the Wolves were undoubtedly enticed by his tremendous athleticism, toughness and length. Despite appealing physical attributes, rookies with Tom Thibodeau are hard-pressed to get meaningful playing time, let alone hold fantasy value. His defensive versatility makes him a fun long-term prospect but he figures to do a lot of watching and learning this season.
June 20, 2018, 8:14 pmJosh OkogieG, College
Josh Okogie worked out with the Celtics on Wednesday.
Okogie could be picked just outside the lottery and seems like a safe bet to go in the first-round. He has already worked out for the Warriors and was scheduled to do the same for the Blazers, Pacers, Suns, Jazz and Clippers. He did himself plenty of favors with a strong showing at the combine but will probably need some seasoning, as most rookies do.
Source: Adam Zagoria on Twitter
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