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Omari Spellman
Omari Spellman
Position: F
Born: 07/21/97
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $1,897,800
As Golden State tries to maximize a transitional season, it is relying on three St. Thomas More alums — Paschall, guard Damion Lee and forward Omari Spellman — for major minutes. None of their stays at the tiny prep school on Gardner Lake overlapped, but Lee (2010-11 school year), Paschall (2013-14) and Spellman (2015-16) each considers his time there critical to his NBA journey. St. Thomas More, which boasts an average class size of eight, offered Paschall, Spellman and Lee a distraction-free environment to focus on their grades. They read 30 books in a year for a world literature class, attended supervised evening study halls every Sunday through Thursday, and heard a knock at their door whenever a teacher wanted a late assignment.
On the court, Lee, Paschall and Spellman were asked to test their limits. They awoke at 5:30 a.m. for 6 o’clock practices, took buses to prep schools throughout New England, and competed against teams loaded with Division I recruits. “One thing that Damion, Eric and Omari all had in common was that they lived in the gym,” said St. Thomas More head coach Jere Quinn, who relies almost entirely on word of mouth for recruiting. “Of course, if you don’t live in the gym, why come here? There isn’t exactly much else to do.”
Omari Spellman: Because I know my chance in Atlanta had already come and gone. Sometimes when you’re stuck in an organization where your chance is already past, that’s like some of the hardest s— ever. As crazy as it sounds, I’m blessed to have been traded. Because what was about to happen in Atlanta, some people don’t come back from that. My life could’ve taken a completely different turn. I could’ve been in Atlanta, not playing, feeling all these down things and my life could’ve taken a complete f—— nosedive.
Omari Spellman: So I was like: “I’m a slob. I’m f—— fat. I’m f—— useless in the league.” Then you have to consciously decide that I’m going to shift that mentality. I’m none of those things. I work hard. I play hard. I leave it all out there. I’m a great teammate. You have to view yourself like that. It’s not a cocky thing. That’s who you are. To take that fight, take that challenge, I was proud of myself. Because I easily could’ve just gave up. Just said: “F— it, man. It is what it is. I’m not supposed to be in the league.” Some people stay in that mindset forever and it’s hard to escape it.
The trend changed during a recent trip to Memphis when he reached out to Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson, who put him in touch with a barber in the area to cut his hair on Monday evening. Since the chop, Spellman is shooting nearly 60 percent from 3-point range, giving the big man a newfound faith. “I got a haircut and I got more confident,” Spellman said. “So I’ve just been letting them go.”
After being acquired in a trade last summer, Warriors coach Steve Kerr observed that while the nimble big man had a nice touch, his shot was flat, causing frequent misses. “He wasn’t giving the shot a chance,” Kerr said. The conundrum forced Spellman to work on getting more lift on his jump shot, a routine that’s starting to find its way onto the court. “I think the last two games something has clicked,” Kerr added. “He’s shooting it on the way up. It’s a great sign because it gives us a dimension that we haven’t had since Mo Speights.”
“I’ve seen it, heard it, but I’m just trying to be myself,” Spellman revealed to NBC Sports Bay Area. “Just trying to be O, I don’t want to be Mo.” “Mo is a great player. No disrespect to Mo Speights at all,” he continued. “But if I can, I want to be better than Mo Speights. And I’m pretty sure he would tell me the same thing. I’m pretty sure he would tell me the same thing like ‘bro, you don’t want to be me. Your goal should be to be better than me.’ So I don’t want to be Mo Speights.”
Atlanta’s training staff wanted him to take accountability and ask for help, but he was too stubborn. The NBA lifestyle had messed with his priorities. Instead of focusing on his diet and cracking the rotation, Spellman did favors for friends and hobnobbed with celebrities. Today, he calls that dark period a “time of self-sabotage.” And injuries only worsened his depression. A hip issue, likely the result of his rapid weight gain, sidelined Spellman for seven games last winter. In early March, a high ankle sprain ended his season.
Those closest to him have seen a changed man. After slogging through a year-long depression, Spellman is finally finding reasons to smile again. “I have a great opportunity with the Golden State Warriors,” said Spellman, who had his third-year option of $2 million picked up two weeks ago. “They’re helping me every day. I’m losing more and more weight, and I can really get to whatever point they want me at. I know what I need to do.”
But the topic sparked Kerr to take a detour. The Warriors scooped up two Villanova newcomers this summer. The other one, arriving with fewer expectations, was on his mind. “I should mention Omari Spellman,” Kerr said. “Jay Wright coached him, too.” Spellman was once the more-hyped prospect. He’s a year younger than Paschall, but left Villanova a year earlier with a first-round grade. The Hawks took him 30th overall in 2018. He nearly went two picks ahead of that, to the Warriors at 28. “We were really intrigued by him,” Kerr said. “He came in and had a great workout for us. We ended up taking Jacob Evans because we had more of a need on the wing, but we loved Omari. He has a lot of ability.”

Kevin Chouinard: Hawks injury list: Justin Anderson (neck strain), Deyonta Davis (R ankle sprain), Taurean Prince (bilateral foot soreness) are probable. Kent Bazemore (L adductor strain), Kevin Huerter (mid-back pain), Dewayne Dedmon, Miles Plumlee, Alex Poythress, Omari Spellman are out.
Storyline: Deyonta Davis Injury