KZ Okpala
KZ Okpala
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Miami Heat  NBA  
Miami Heat
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Okpala joins Miami as the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 Draft. He spent two seasons at Stanford, starting 50 of his 52 appearances. Last season, he was selected to the All-Pac-12 First Team on the back of 16.8 points (46.3 FG%, 36.8 3P%, 67.1 FT%), 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 32.7 minutes. While his free-throw percentage is a bit of a concern, he did a good job of getting to the line, taking 6.0 freebies per contest. Minutes won't be easy to come by on the wing for Okpala, as he'll be competing for a backup role with the likes of Derrick Jones, Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Tyler Herro. It seems unlikely Okpala will have standard fantasy league relevance. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Heat in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Okpala was born April 28, 1999 in Orange County, California. His full name is Chikezie Okpala, but he prefers to go by "KZ" and has the nickname "Kook". He is the son of Martin and Mary Okpala, and he has two older sisters (Kiki and Chisom) and one older brother (Toby). Chisom was an All-Big West volleyball player at Long Beach State. Outside of basketball, Okpala enjoys pop culture, especially music and fashion. He hopes to one day own a record label and manage artists along with his brother. Okpala underwent a growth spurt in high school from 5-foot-11 as a freshman to 6-foot-8 as a senior. He averaged 30 points and 11 rebounds during his senior season at Esperanza High School and owns the school's single-game scoring record (46). You can follow Okpala on Twitter @kz_okpala_ or on Instagram @kzokpala.

College/International Summary

The start of Okpala's Stanford career was delayed after the 6-foot-8 forward was declared academically ineligible for the fall semester. He missed 11 games and made his debut against Kansas. He started 21 games and provided 10.0 points and 3.7 rebounds. The freshman had a season-high 23 points in the Pac-12 Tournament loss to UCLA and scored at least 20 points in three other games. The Cardinals relied on Okpala for scoring in his second season. He averaged 16.8 points to go with 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. The forward opened the season with 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a win over Seattle. It was the first of 14 games with at least 20 points, including a 30-point effort in a win over California. He also had a streak of four 20-point games during Pac-12 play. He was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and declared for the 2019 NBA Draft after the season. Okpala was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 32nd overall pick but was soon after traded to the Miami Heat.

Off injury report
FMiami Heat
August 23, 2020
Okpala (personal) doesn't appear on the Heat's injury report ahead of Monday's Game 4 against the Pacers.
ANALYSIS
Okpala has yet to make his debut in Orlando since the NBA restarted its season in late July. Even if Okpala dresses Monday, coach Erik Spoelstra is unlikely to ask the rookie to play meaningful minutes, given his lack of recent game action.
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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (32nd pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Miami Heat
  • July 7, 2019
    Signed a rookie three-year contract with the Miami Heat
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Out for Game 3
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Personal
August 22, 2020
Okpala (personal) is out for Saturday's Game 3 against the Pacers, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Remains out
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August 19, 2020
Okpala (personal) is out for Game 2 against the Pacers on Thursday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Still out
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August 18, 2020
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Won't play Friday
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August 14, 2020
Okpala (personal) was ruled out for Friday's game against the Pacers.
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Out Thursday
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August 6, 2020
Okpala (personal) will not be available Thursday against Milwaukee, Andre Fernandez of Front Page 305 reports.
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