Basketball: Half dozen Nigerian players join NBA

Jan 15, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the basket during warmups prior to the San Diego State Aztecs game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau  

The ranks of Nigeria-American basketball players have increased as no fewer than eight  players with Nigerian background made the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft.

Amongst the Nigerian picks in the 2020 NBA Draft are Isaac Okoro who was the 5th Pick for Cleveland Cavaliers and Onyeka Okongwu 6th Pick for Atlanta Hawks.

Others are Precious Achiuwa- Miami Heats (20th); Zeke Nnaji- Denver Nuggets (22nd); Udoka Azubuike-Utah Jazz (27th); Desmond Bane- Boston Celtics traded to Memphis;  Daniel Oturu- Minnesota traded to Knicks/Flippers (33rd) and Jordan Nwora- Milwaukee Bucks (45th).

These players are coming on the heels of prominent NBA players with Nigerian background like legendary Hakeem Olajuwon, Josh Okojie, Andre Igodala, Olumide Oyedeji, Kelenna Azubuike, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Al-Farouq Aminu among others.

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