Mo Bamba

Mo Bamba

23-Year-Old CenterC
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2021 Fantasy Outlook
In his third season, Bamba only marginally improved his output. He produced 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in just 15.8 minutes per game. The departure of Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline let the Texas product see more playing time, as he averaged 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across 20.8 minutes after Vucevic departed in late March. However, the Magic's frontcourt was still crowded with other young big men in Chuma Okeke and Wendell Carter -- the latter of whom was brought to Orlando in the trade for Vucevic. The Magic favored Okeke in the final month of the season, as he started every game for which he was healthy. With Okeke and Carter remaining on the roster, plus the offseason addition of veteran center Robin Lopez, Bamba may have difficulty earning enough minutes to be relevant in standard leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10.56 million contract with the Magic in July of 2018. Magic exercised $5.97 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019. Magic exercised $7.57 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Mohamed Fakaba "Mo" Bamba is the son of Lancine Bamba and Aminata Johnson. He was born in 1998 in Harlem, New York. Both of his parents originally are from the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), but they did not meet until they each had moved separately to the United States. Bamba has one older sister and two older brothers. During the eighth and ninth grade, Bamba attended an all boys boarding school in Canaan, New Hampshire, called Cardigan Mountain School. He then moved on to Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. As a junior and senior at Westtown, Bamba led the basketball team to back-to-back Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships. Bamba would go on to play in the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game. For college, Bamba attended Texas for one year. Bamba inspired the 2017 viral "Mo Bamba" song by his friend Sheck Wes. Fans can follow Bamba on both Twitter and Instagram (@TheRealMoBamba).

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Bamba needed just one season at Texas to catch the attention of NBA scouts. Through 30 games (29 starts), the 6-foot-11 center averaged a double-double with 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, the latter representing the top mark in the Big 12 conference. Bamba also averaged an impressive 3.7 rejections per contest, which led the conference and was the second-best mark in the nation. He and the Longhorns squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed, but they were eliminated by Nevada in the first round. When all was said and done, Bamba made the All-Big 12 Freshman Team and was voted Second Team All-Conference. He entered the 2018 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was chosen in the first round (sixth overall) by the Orlando Magic.

Five more blocks in win
COrlando Magic
October 13, 2021
Bamba finished Wednesday's game against Boston with 10 points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and five blocks.
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Making another start alongside Wendell Carter, Bamba turned in another head-turning defensive performance, blocking five shots for the second consecutive game. Bamba also had a four-block game earlier in the postseason, so he's shown enough to generate some buzz as Opening Night approaches. It remains unclear what Bamba's role will be, but it's possible new head coach Jamahl Mosley could start Bamba and Carter -- a pair of top-10 picks -- together against certain matchups.
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2020

Bamba appeared in 46 games (five starts) for the Magic in 2020-21. In 41 games as a reserve, he averaged 7.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 14.3 minutes. In five starts, he averaged 11.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 assists. Overall, he shot 47.2 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three and 68.2 percent from the charity stripe. On April 30 against the Grizzlies, Bamba recorded a season-high four blocks. On May 3 against the Pistons, Bamba scored a career-high 22 points. He also had 15 rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes. Two days later against the Celtics, the center recorded a season-high three steals. He also posted 19 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and one assist. Against the Hornets on May 7, Bamba grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds while also blocking four shots. Against the 76ers on May 16, Bamba handed out a career-high four assists.

2019

In his second NBA season, Bamba appeared in a career-high 62 games for the Magic. In 14.2 minutes, he averaged 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks, while hitting a career-best 34.6 percent of his free throws. On Nov. 25, Bamba matched his career-high with 12 rebounds in a game against the Pistons. Two days later, Bamba generated a career-best-tying 15 points, plus four rebounds and two blocks, over 23 minutes in a win at Cleveland. In a Dec. 4 win over Phoenix, Bamba posted 10 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. The second would come in a Feb. 26 victory over Atlanta, when Bamba finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks in just 17 minutes. In a Feb. 24 win over Brooklyn, Bamba tied his career-high with five blocks, needing just 14 minutes off the bench to do so. Bamba joined the Magic for the Orlando restart and appeared in two seeding games before missing the team's final 11 contests -- including the playoffs -- due to a medical issue.

2018

Bamba played in 47 contests his rookie season before being shut down with a stress fracture in his Tibia following his team's January 31 win against Indiana. The 20 year-old averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his debut against Miami on October 17. Scored 15 points in back-to-back games on November 9 and 11 against the Washington and New York. Also recorded eight rebounds against New York. Recorded a season-high 12 rebounds on December 31 against Charlotte. Recorded 10 rebounds while scoring eight points against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 6. Bomba recorded a season-high five blocks while also scoring seven points and grabbing seven boards on October 30 against the Sacramento Kings. Normally a .300 percent three-point shooter, the 20-year old knocked down all three attempts from behind the arc against Denver on December 5. He also grabbed six boards and recorded one block and two assists in 16 minutes of action in the game.

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Bamba had another underwhelming campaign in 2019-20 -- his second year in the league. He ended up seeing fewer minutes than his rookie season, averaging 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 14.2 minutes. On the plus side, he made strides in three-point efficiency (34.6 percent) and free-throw efficiency (67.4), but he still couldn't crack the Top 200 on a per-game basis. The biggest issue is that he remains Nikola Vucevic's backup, and the two don't share much time on the court. Bamba does have some upside when seeing extra run -- 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.8 threes, 1.3 assists when seeing minutes in the 20s -- but that kind of action will be tough to come by unless Vucevic suffers an injury. As a result, for the upcoming season, Bamba mostly makes sense as a flier in deeper fantasy leagues or as a buy-low dynasty option.
Bamba's rookie season was cut short by a foot injury and, ultimately, a tibia stress fracture that required surgery. The pair of injuries caused the big man to play in just 47 games over the course of his first regular season. Now, Bamba enters year two completely healthy, but he is likely to take on a similar role as last season. In 47 games, most of which were spent backing up All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, Bamba averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 16.3 minutes per game. Even if it was a small sample size, Bamba showed promise on both ends with his ability to rack up rebounds and blocked shots in short spurts along with making 30 percent of his three-point attempts, which is a good baseline for the seven-footer. But with Vucevic wasting no time signing a four-year, $100 million contract with the Magic this offseason, it looks like Bamba's workload will remain relatively unchanged. However, while Vucevic did play 80 games for the first time in his NBA career last season, he is no stranger to injuries, which would be Bamba's only clear avenue to seeing extended minutes in his sophomore season.
Bamba, selected out of Texas with the sixth overall pick in this summer’s draft, checks in at seven feet tall with a 7-foot-9 wingspan. Due to his physical tools, the Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree projects to be a high-level shot-blocker from Day 1, as he averaged 3.7 blocks across 30.2 minutes last season. His quality rebounding (10.5) and scoring (12.9) also helped him be selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team. While Bamba already seems to be a lock as an imposing defensive presence, his upside as a three-point shooter has intrigued scouts. He only shot 14-of-51 (27.5 percent) from three at Texas, but has since showed off improved form in workouts. That said, he was conservative with the shot during summer league, going just 2-for-4 in 59 minutes. So, Fantasy owners hoping Bamba will come out shooting multiple threes every night could be let down. Starter’s minutes aren't a guarantee, either, as 27-year-old Nikola Vucevic remains on the roster. He saw 29.5 minutes per game last season and was 0.8 boards away from averaging a double-double. Regardless, given that Orlando is deep into a rebuild, it would be surprising if Bamba doesn't see significant run during his rookie campaign.
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Double-double with five blocks
COrlando Magic
October 10, 2021
Bamba finished Sunday's preseason game against the Spurs with 16 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, five blocks and a steal.
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Starting Wednesday
COrlando Magic
October 6, 2021
Bamba will start in Wednesday's preseason game against the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.
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Goes for 13 points, four blocks
COrlando Magic
October 4, 2021
Bamba finished Monday's preseason game against Boston with 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 10 rebounds and four blocks.
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Starting Sunday
COrlando Magic
May 16, 2021
Bamba (illness) is starting Sunday's game against the 76ers.
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Questionable for finale
COrlando Magic
Illness
May 16, 2021
Bamba (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Sixers.
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