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Western Pacific Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
29-22 6-4 L1
29-26 6-4 L1
28-26 7-3 W1
26-26 5-5 L2
25-28 6-4 W2

2022 Stats

STATS MPG
Minutes Per Game
PPG
Points Per Game
FG%
Field Goal Percentage
RPG
Rebounds Per Game
APG
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 7.1 1.3 42.1 1.0 0.4

Top KZ Okpala News

  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Assigned to G League

    Sacramento assigned Okpala to the G League's Stockton Kings on Friday, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.

    Okpala appeared in one of three games during his recent stint with the NBA club, but he was held scoreless across four minutes. He figures to see extended run while in the G League with Stockton.

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  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Recalled by Sacramento

    Okpala was recalled from the G League's Stockton Kings on Friday, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.

    Okpala was sent to the G League on Thursday, and he compiled eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes during Stockton's win over the Hustle. The brief G League return was likely to knock off some rust, as Okpala hasn't seen much playing time for Sacramento recently, averaging just 5.5 minutes per game over 11 appearances in January.

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  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Headed to G League

    Okpala was assigned to the G League's Stockton Kings on Thursday, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.

    Okpala has had a minimal role for Sacramento over the last several weeks, playing double-digit minutes in just two of his 11 appearances since the start of January. The 23-year-old will likely have a chance to see more playing time with the G League club.

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  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Minimal role continues Monday

    Okpala ended Monday's 136-111 win over the Magic with five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 11 minutes.

    Okpala continues to play very few minutes, having eclipsed 10 minutes only twice in the past six weeks. Remember when he was starting to open the season? Fair enough, neither do we. The Kings are primed to make their first playoff appearance in what feels like forever, meaning Okpala is likely to remain a fringe rotation guy moving forward.

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  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Re-appears in rotation

    Okpala recorded seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal across 21 minutes during Friday's 122-104 loss to Boston.

    Okpala's playing time marked a season high. Prior to Friday, he had combined for just 14 minutes across two appearances throughout November. The 23-year-old racked up four fouls in his limited run and remains a fringe rotation piece in Sacramento at the moment.

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  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Moving to bench

    Okpala will move to the bench for Thursday's game against the Grizzlies, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.

    While Okpala has started all three games to open the season, the wind of change seemed in the air when he logged only four minutes Sunday against the Warriors. Rookie Keegan Murray will replace him in the starting unit.

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  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Set to start Wednesday

    Okpala will start Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Trail Blazers, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.

    With Keegan Murray (COVID-19 protocols) unavailable for Wednesday's contest, Okpala will get the start at power forward in his absence. In 21 appearances with the Heat last season, Okpala averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game. He figures to shift back to a reserve role once Murray is cleared to return.

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  • Kings' KZ Okpala: Gets the nod Friday

    Okpala will start in Friday's preseason matchup with the Lakers, James Ham of ESPN 1320 Sacramento reports.

    Okpala will get the start Friday with Keegan Murray (illness) out. The fourth-year forward out of Stanford will look to get more playing time with the Kings than he did with the Heat, as he only appeared in 63 games over three seasons. Okpala will be one of the Kings' primary backup forwards this season.

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  • KZ Okpala: Agrees to deal with Kings

    Okpala signed a two-year deal with the Kings on Friday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

    The 23-year-old was traded to the Thunder last year but was waived without appearing in a single game for the team. Now Okpala reunites with Nigerian National Team head coach Mike Brown in Sacramento. The 6-foot-8 forward is set to compete amongst Keegan Murray, Trey Lyles and Chimezie Metu for playing time next season.

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  • Thunder's KZ Okpala: Waived by OKC

    Okpala (wrist) was waived by the Thunder on Friday, Andrew Schlecht of The Athletic reports.

    This news clears up the surprising reports of Okpala not being on Friday's injury report -- it turns out he wasn't on the team anymore. It's possible Okpala's wrist issue is, in fact, too much of a hindrance for the Thunder to hang onto him for the remainder of the season. More information regarding the confusing situation -- the Thunder gave up a second-round pick in the trade -- may arrive eventually.

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  • Thunder's KZ Okpala: Not listed on injury report

    Okpala (wrist) is not listed on the Thunder's injury report ahead of Friday's contest against the 76ers, Rylan Stiles of BricktownBuckets.com reports.

    Okpala hasn't taken the court since Dec. 28 due to a wrist injury, but in a surprising turn of events, the third-year forward appears to be trending towards being available Friday. If he does suit up, Okpala would be making his Thunder debut after being traded by the Heat in exchange for a 2026 second-round pick. However, even if he is available, it's unlikely he garners a big enough role to crack fantasy relevancy.

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  • Thunder's KZ Okpala: Traded to Oklahoma City

    Okpala (wrist) was traded from the Heat to the Thunder on Wednesday in exchange for a 2026 second-round pick.

    Okpala hasn't taken the court since Dec. 28 due to a wrist injury, and it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return in spite of his day-to-day designation from the Heat. However, he'll presumably be unavailable for Oklahoma City's game against the Raptors on Wednesday. It's not yet clear whether the Thunder will keep Okpala, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports. If he remains with the organization, he should provide an additional option off the bench once healthy after he averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game across 21 appearances to begin the season.

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  • Heat's KZ Okpala: Won't play Monday

    Okpala (wrist) has been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Wizards.

    The Heat continue to treat Okpala as day-to-day, though he hasn't played since Dec. 28. His next chance to take the court is Thursday in New Orleans.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-8, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Orange County, CA
Age: 23
School: Stanford
Experience: 3