Okongwu did injure his shoulder in a May 13th game against Orlando and was taken back to the locker room. He was listed on the team’s official injury report as questionable with right shoulder soreness for the Hawks’ next and final regular-season game against the Rockets. Okongwu played in that game and scored a game-high 21 points. There is no indication that Okongwu tore the labrum in May.
“Overall, this offseason, I just want to get better in all aspects and reflect on this year and what I can improve on,” Okongwu said the day after the Hawks’ season ended in the Eastern Conference finals, losing in six games to the Bucks earlier this month.
The Hawk drafted Okongwu out of Southern Cal last year. His rookie season was slowed by a foot injury. He appeared in 50 games and averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds with a 64.4% field-goal percentage in 12.0 minutes per game. He played a significant role in the Hawks’ playoff run to the conference finals. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.2 minutes, with 13 blocks in 18 games.