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.
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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). 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.

Drops 32 in Wednesday's loss
COrlando Magic
January 19, 2022
Bamba scored a team-high 32 points (12-15 FG, 7-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding four rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 123-110 loss to the 76ers.
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No other Magic starter managed more than 14 points, but Bamba more than held his own while going toe to toe with Joel Embiid, setting new career highs in points and made three-pointers in his return to the starting five after two games coming off the bench. Bamba is on pace for personal bests in nearly every major category, and his emergence has made him a solid fantasy asset.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Regains starter status
COrlando Magic
January 19, 2022
Bamba is starting Wednesday's matchup against the 76ers.
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Coming off bench again
COrlando Magic
January 17, 2022
Bamba isn't starting Monday's game against the Trail Blazers.
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Available off bench
COrlando Magic
January 15, 2022
Bamba (toe) is available off the bench for Saturday's game against the Mavericks, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Questionable Saturday
COrlando Magic
Toe
January 15, 2022
Bamba (toe) is questionable Saturday against Dallas.
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Out Friday
COrlando Magic
Toe
January 14, 2022
Bamba (toe) is out Friday against the Hornets, Dan Savage of the Magic's official site reports.
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