Ayo Dosunmu, Precious Achiuwa, OG Anunoby and Onyeka Okongwu inspired the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks to victories in their opening games of the 2022/23 NBA season on Thursday.
Dosunmu started his sophomore year in the NBA as the starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls, contributing 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block to the Bulls 116-108 win over the Miami Heat at the FX Arena. The Illinois-native of Nigerian descent who was a second round 38th overall pick by the Bulls was elected as the starting point guard by head coach Billy Donovan ahead of Colby White and Lonzo Ball.
Dosunmu in his rookie season averaged 8.8 points shooting 52.0% FG, 37.6% from beyond the arc as well as adding 2.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks in 77 games, a stat he’ll be hoping to improve on this season.
At the Scotiabank Arena, OG Anunoby had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes while Achiuwa added 10 points and five rebounds in the Raptors 108-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. Achiuwa was on the court for 18 minutes. The D’Tigers forward averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in the 2021/22 season.
At the State Farm Arena, Onyeka Okongwu, almost hit a double-double in his first game of the 2022/22 season scoring 13 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes from the bench to help the Atlanta Hawks overcome the Houston Rockets 117-107 on Thursday.
Okongwu who averaged 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 48 games in his sophomore season is pushing for a starting centre role ahead of nine year veteran, Clint Capela.