Elie Okobo has been assigned to the Suns' G-League affiliate.
Advice: It looks like Okobo won't be available for Tuesday night's game against the Spurs, so maybe Jawun Evans will be able to get into the rotation tonight. Okobo has shown us a few flashes this season, but he's been too inconsistent to trust in standard settings.
Elie Okobo scored two points Monday, going 1 of 5 from the field, as the Phoenix Suns lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 123-119 in overtime. Okobo pulled down two rebounds and had four assists, tallying a plus-minus of +3 in his 22:55 on the floor. He added five steals.
Elie Okobo moved to the bench with four points, five boards, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 22 minutes against the Heat on Friday.
Advice: He ran the offense well and his plus-five in plus/minus was the only positive on the Suns roster today. Okobo isn't the best defender in pick-and-roll sets, but he's improving as a passer on O. The Suns did add Jawun Evans for some PG depth, so Okobo and/or De'Antony Melton could be on notice. If you have Okobo and there's a hot free agent out there, he's a drop candidate.
Elie Okobo will move to the bench against the Heat on Friday.
Advice: Something had to change with the Suns after their horrible starts in the last two games. Okobo should still be in the rotation and could even see time next to De'Anthony Melton, but this is bad news for his fantasy value. Plus, Jawun Evans is up with the Suns, so it's not crazy to think Evans gets run over Okobo.
Elie Okobo scored 11 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer during a 108-86 loss to the Blazers on Thursday.
Advice: He was guarding Seth Curry in the first quarter, so the Suns getting torched again wasn't about the French rook. Okobo has also been playing in garbage time lately, and the Suns will likely give him minutes in most cases. He's never really going to be a guy to fill it up for scoring on high efficiency, but Okobo is doing a little more than just score, and it sounds like Devin Booker (hamstring) should miss more games. He's going to be annoying to own and ideally you're viewing him as a stash, but he may be able to do enough to have standalone value until he gets over his rookie woes.
Elie Okobo scored four points Friday on 2-of-5 shooting as the Phoenix Suns fell to the Miami Heat 115-98. Okobo pulled down five rebounds and had five assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +5 in his 22:02 on the floor. He tacked on two steals.
Elie Okobo, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Trevor Ariza and Deandre Ayton will start against the Blazers on Thursday.
Advice: Okobo had a starters jersey on at shootaround, so coach Igor Kokoskov will stick with the same lineup that got smoked on Tuesday. We should still see plenty of De'Anthony Melton and it'll be interesting to see if Igor goes away from using so many veterans. Both Okobo and Melton are on the radar in competitive leagues with Melton offering the higher upside.
Elie Okobo scored 11 points Thursday on 5-of-13 shooting as the Phoenix Suns fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 108-86. Okobo pulled down five rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -11 in his 27:48 on the floor before fouling out. He added one block and one steal. Okobo went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.
Elie Okobo will re-enter the starting lineup Tuesday night vs. Kings.
Advice: With Devin Booker (hamstring) sidelined and without an official timetable for his return, Okobo will have an opportunity log plenty of playing time going forward. However, the issue is whether or not he can be productive and efficient with those minutes. On the season, Okobo is shooting just 38.7 percent from the floor. He's also committed 17 turnovers while registering only seven steals and one block. Nonetheless, if the Suns don't trade for or sign another PG, Okobo is worth a flier due to his enticing upside.
Elie Okobo started on Tuesday and played 26 minutes, but hit just 3-of-8 shots (0-for-4 from downtown) for six points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss that saw the Suns down 36-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Advice: Okobo had a +/- of -22, while backup De'Anthony Melton went off for a career-high 21 points, five assists and three 3-pointers on 9-of-12 shooting. Melton also had a +24, the only Sun outside of Dragan Bender to have a plus rating on the night. Melton's previous season high was just seven points, and Okobo was likely only starting because Devin Booker was out with a hamstring injury. The backup job is probably still Okobo's to lose, but after tonight, it looks like Melton could challenge him for those minutes. The Suns still have two games remaining this week, and Okobo's owners will want to keep a close eye on him. If he's still struggling in Friday's game against the Heat, it could be time to throw him back on the waiver wire and keep fishing.