Jonathan Isaac
Jonathan Isaac
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 8/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In his third season, Isaac enjoyed a career year. He averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists across 28.8 minutes - all career highs. His ability to contribute on both ends of the court made him a highly-valuable fantasy contributor in the early goings of the season, though a devastating knee injury sustained in January derailed the breakout campaign. After fearing he would miss the rest of the season, Isaac was able to return to the NBA bubble after additional time to recover due to the league's extended time off. Isaac returned but unfortunately suffered another injury when he tore his ACL and meniscus. He underwent surgery in early August and is expected to miss all of the 2020-21 season. After playing just 27 games as a rookie in 2017-18, Isaac appeared in just 34 contests in 2019-20 and will not play again until 2021-22 at the earliest. He's a unique two-way talent who can be a quality fantasy contributor, though health will obviously be his biggest roadblock moving forward. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.16 million contract with the Magic in July of 2017. Magic exercised $5.81 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018. Magic exercised $7.36 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Personal Bio

Johnathan Judah Isaac is the son of Jackie Allen. He was born in The Bronx in New York in 1997. Isaac has on older sister, two older brothers and two younger brothers. He spent his freshman and sophomore high school seasons at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida. In his junior and senior years, he attended the International School of Broward in Hollywood, Florida. He then spent a post-graduate year at IMG Academy before attending college at Florida State. Isaac majored in sport management while at FSU. In 2018, Isaac started the Jonathan Isaac Fight for Literacy program, raising money and bringing awareness to the importance of reading. In 2019, Isaac was recognized for his efforts in improving the Central Florida community and was the co-winner of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment award. Follow Isaac on Twitter (@JJudahIsaac) and Instagram (@jonisaac_01).

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Isaac started all 32 games during his first and only season at Florida State. The 6-foot-10 center was named to the 2016-17 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman Team for the Seminoles, in addition to garnering a nod on the All-ACC Honorable Mention squad. He helped lead Florida State to the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round, collecting double-digit rebounds in each postseason appearance. Statistically, Isaac was fifth in blocks per game (1.5) in the ACC for the 16-17 season. He also led his team in rebounds per game (7.8) and was second on FSU in both scoring (12.0 PPG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Isaac opted to enter the 2017 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was selected in the first round (sixth overall) by the Orlando Magic.

Reaches $80 million extension
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
December 21, 2020
Isaac (knee) signed a four-year, $80 million extension with the Magic on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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The 23-year-old has already been ruled out for the 2020-21 campaign after undergoing ACL surgery in early August, but Orlando still opted to lock him up ahead of Monday's rookie extension deadline. Isaac played excellent defense and averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.3 blocks over 28.8 minutes in 34 games last season, but he's played only 136 games over his first three seasons in the league.
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2019

Playing in his third NBA season, Isaac appeared in 34 (32 starts) games for the Magic during 2019-20. He looked the part of a budding star while on the court, setting a host of new career highs: 11.9 points per game, a 47.0 field-goal percentage, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.6 steals across 28.8 minutes per contest. On Nov. 23, the 6-foot-11 forward supplied a career-high 25 points along with nine rebounds, four steals, four three-pointers and two blocks against the Pacers. On Dec. 15, Isaac generated 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals during a win at New Orleans. Isaac notched multiple blocks in 23 of his 34 appearances, headlined by a career-high six rejections in a Nov. 6 game against the Mavericks. Against Toronto on Nov. 20, Isaac posted 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks en route to one of his five double-doubles on the season. He went on to pick up a career-high seven steals against Milwaukee on Dec. 28, adding 19 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a block. On Jan. 1, Isaac suffered a knee injury that kept him out until the NBA restart. Isaac returned for a Jul. 31 matchup against the Nets, playing 16 minutes and finishing with 16 points and six rebounds. On Aug. 2, his second game back, Isaac sustained another knee injury, ending his season.

2018

In his second NBA season, Isaac appeared in 75 games for the Magic, making 64 starts. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Isaac averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, hitting 42.9 percent of his field goals, 32.3 percent of his three-pointers, and 81.5 percent of his free throws. He scored in double-digits 37 times and reached 15 points on 14 occasions. Isaac scored a career-high 20 points in a win over the Pelicans on Feb. 12. He recorded three double-doubles, including a career-best 13 boards against Indiana on Jan. 31. Isaac also blocked 1.3 shots per game, good for 19th in the league. He finished with 98 total blocks (20th in the NBA) and posted a block percentage of 4.1 percent (17th in the NBA). Isaac blocked five shots in a game on two separate occasions. In the Magic's first-round playoff series against the Raptors, Isaac started all five contests and posted two double-digit scoring efforts. He had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Orlando's Game 1 victory. In Game 3, Isaac posted a playoff-career-high 14 points to go with seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

2017

Isaac was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Florida State project battled hip soreness in Summer League play, but made his debut on time for the start of the regular season, recording four points, two blocks and eight rebounds in the Oct. 18 opener against Miami. He started the next two games in place of Aaron Gordon, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. In Isaac's first career start, he recorded nine points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt), three rebounds and two steals in a loss to the Nets. Once Gordon was back, however, Isaac was back to a reserve role for the next 10 games, missing one contest in that stretch due to illness. Isaac's rookie season hit a snag Nov. 13, however, as he suffered an ankle injury that resulted in 17 games on the sidelines. He played in three of the next five games after his Dec. 17 return, but still battled ankle trouble along the way. Isaac was later shut down indefinitely to aid his recovery, and he even played two G-League games before returning to the Magic on March 2. He ended up playing 12 more games (eight starts) to finish the season, averaging 5.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals. His career high of 15 points came in his last game of the regular season -- an April 1 loss to the Hawks. Isaac's rookie campaign was cut a bit short by injury, however, as he missed nine of the last 11 games with a foot strain and additional ankle trouble. There was not an opportunity to return in the postseason, as Isaac's Magic missed the playoffs with a record of 25-57.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Orlando Magic.
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Isaac improved his per-game averages across every statistical category except steals as a sophomore in 2018-19. Perhaps more importantly, he established himself as a fixture in the starting lineup, showcasing his superb defensive acumen while improving offensively as well through 75 games and 64 starts. Having reportedly gained a whopping 25 pounds of muscle this summer, the young combo forward turns 22 in October and could see a sizable uptick in playing time for the second straight season, as he logged 26.6 minutes per game last year compared to 19.9 per night as a rookie. In order for Isaac to be a consistently positive factor for fantasy purposes, he'll likely need to provide more steady offensive production, which has been the big question mark for him since entering the league, and it reared its ugly head in the playoffs. Regardless, it's clear that the Magic have high hopes for Isaac and view him as a key cog going forward. As a result, those who take the plunge and decide to invest in him on draft day can at least take comfort in the fact that Orlando is very likely to continue allowing Isaac to play through mental mistakes and off nights offensively.
The sixth overall pick in the 2017 Draft out of Florida State, where he made the ACC All-Freshman Team, Isaac had his rookie campaign dampened by a lingering ankle injury. He struggled offensively during his 27 appearances, averaging just 5.4 points across 19.9 minutes while shooting 37.9 percent from the field. However, Isaac shot an encouraging 76.0 percent from the free throw line and was able to show off his defensive potential by averaging a combined 4.2 steals/blocks per 36 minutes. Heading into 2018-19, Isaac should see his role increase, likely starting alongside Aaron Gordon at forward. At the very least, Isaac is probably worth a late-round flier in Fantasy simply due to his upside as a defender and solid rebounding. How early he gets drafted is heavily dependent on Fantasy owners’ optimism about his scoring ability, both in volume and percentage, and overall workload.
Isaac, at 6-foot-11, has impressive physical tools for a player capable of occupying both forward slots – a great asset to have next to Aaron Gordon, who’s a bit of a tweener himself. Isaac’s length and motor project to make him an impact defender at the NBA level, capable of succeeding in a switch-heavy defensive scheme. Last season, at Florida State, he posted 12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals across 26.2 minutes per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three on 89 attempts. Questions do remain about what kind of offensive impact he’ll make, however. Scouts noted that while he has the tools to be a great talent on that side of the ball, he lacks aggression and confidence. He has plenty of upside, but the concerns about his offensive game seemingly make it unlikely he’ll post eye-popping box scores. That said, his defensive potential and overall versatility should keep him on the floor for solid stretches of games, possibly garnering sixth-man type minutes at both forward spots.
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To miss all of 2020-21 season
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
August 31, 2020
Isaac (knee) will remain out for the entirety of the 2020-21 season, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
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Undergoes successful surgery
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
August 7, 2020
Isaac (knee) underwent successful surgery Friday to repair the torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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MRI confirms torn left ACL
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
August 2, 2020
Isaac (knee) was diagnosed with a torn left ACL after undergoing an MRI following Sunday's 132-116 win over the Kings, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Leaves court in wheelchair
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
August 2, 2020
Isaac departed Sunday's game against the Kings in a wheelchair after appearing to re-injure his left knee, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
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Facing 16-minute restriction
FOrlando Magic
August 2, 2020
Orlando coach Steve Clifford said Isaac will come off the bench and face a roughly 16-minute restriction Sunday against the Kings, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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