Mo Bamba
Mo Bamba
21-Year-Old CenterC
Orlando Magic
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Excels in front end of back-to-back
COrlando Magic
Rest
November 6, 2019
Bamba put up seven points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes off the bench Tuesday in the Magic's 102-94 loss to the Thunder.
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The pair of rejections were nice to see from Bamba after he turned away only two shots in his first five appearances of the season. Even though Bamba hasn't played more than 14 minutes in any game this season while operating as the clear backup to Nikola Vucevic, the Magic are continuing to monitor the second-year center's playing time carefully after an injury-plagued rookie campaign. Coach Steve Clifford already announced prior to Tuesday's game that Bamba would sit out Wednesday in Dallas for the second half of the back-to-back set, per John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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To play Tuesday, sit out Wednesday
COrlando Magic
November 4, 2019
Bamba will play Tuesday against the Thunder and sit for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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Ineffective in return to action
COrlando Magic
November 2, 2019
Bamba ended with just one point, six rebounds, and one block in 10 minutes during Saturday's 91-87 loss to Denver.
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Off injury report Saturday
COrlando Magic
November 2, 2019
Bamba (rest) wasn't on Saturday's injury report.
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Out Friday, likely on minutes limit
COrlando Magic
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October 31, 2019
Bamba has been ruled out for Friday's matchup against the Bucks as a precautionary measure related to the left tibia stress fracture he suffered last season. He is also expected to be on a minutes restriction going forward, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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Scores nine points Wednesday
COrlando Magic
October 30, 2019
Bamba had nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), and three rebounds in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 95-3 victory over New York.
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