Isaac Bonga
Isaac Bonga
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Toronto Raptors
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bonga wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Wizards, which made him an unrestricted free agent. Now, he has a chance to latch on with the Raptors. Bonga is a 21-year-old heading into his fourth NBA season. Over the past two seasons, he's averaged 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. While he struggles to provide much offensively, he's shown some upside as a wing defender. It's possible he's not an every-game player with Toronto. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Raptors in August of 2021.
Personal Bio

Isaac Evolue Etue Bofenda Bonga was born in 1999 in Neuwied, Germany. His parents, Baudoin Bonga and Ruth Kilua, are from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Isaac has six siblings, including his older brother, Tarsis, who plays soccer for FSV Zwickau in Germany. Bonga received All-Tournament Team honors in 2017 at the Kaunas Adidas Next Generation Tournament, where he averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.3 steals over four games. The 6-foot-8 wing has played on multiple national German teams, including the senior squad. He was the youngest German team member of the senior team in 40 years. Bonga participated in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in New Orleans in 2017. He also enjoys hosting basketball camps back home in Germany.

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Bonga played for the German National Under-16 team multiple times as a youth. In 2016, Bonga signed a contract with the Frankfurt Skyliners of the Bundesliga and made his debut at the age of 16. During the 2017-18 season, Bonga averaged 6.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal over 21 minutes in 33 top-level Bundesliga contests for Frankfurt. In 2017, Bonga also played in the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup with Germany and averaged 6.6 points per game. In November 2017, he was named to the senior German men's national team roster to help with qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. At age 18 and three months, he became the youngest German player to play for the senior team in 40 years. After two years in the Bundesliga, Bonga declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Lakers (via the 76ers) in the second round.

Will sign with Toronto
FToronto Raptors
August 11, 2021
Bonga agreed to a contract with the Raptors on Wednesday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Bonga wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Wizards, which made him an unrestricted free agent. Now, he has a chance to latch on with the Raptors. Bonga is a 21-year-old heading into his fourth NBA season. Over the past two seasons, he's averaged 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. While he struggles to provide much offensively, he's shown some upside as a wing defender.
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2020

In Bonga's second season with the Wizards, the forward saw a limited role but was able to decrease his turnover numbers from the year prior. The third-year German notched season averages of 2.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 10.8 minutes. Bonga hit 37.0 percent from the field, 62.6 percent from the free-throw line and 27.7 percent from behind the three-point arc. The forward played in 40 regular-season matchups and got the start in eight of those games. One of Bonga's best performances of the season came versus the Magic on Dec. 26, where the 21-year-old recorded season-highs of 10 points and two blocks. Defensively, Bonga was able to record 11 steals and 10 blocks on the year. One area of improvement for the young Wizard was his turnover average, as the forward decreased his average from 0.9 in 2019-20 to 0.6. Another impressive performance for Bonga came on Jan. 24 against the Spurs, where he dropped seven points, seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 33 minutes. The German product established himself as an exceptional rebounder, finishing the season with 19 offensive boards. While Bonga didn't receive many playoff minutes, the forward did log three points, a rebound and an assist in his play-in debut.

2019

Bonga appeared in 58 games for the Wizards during the 2019-20 season. He averaged per-game career highs in points (4.6), rebounds (3.2), assists (1.1), steals (0.6), blocks (0.4) and made three-pointers (0.4). He also posted career-highs in field goal percentage (52.2), three point percentage (40.0) and free throw percentage (81.3). Bonga reached new single-game career highs in points (17), rebounds (nine), assists (four), threes (three) and blocks (two). He had four double-digit scoring games, 16 games with at least five rebounds and 16 games with multiple assists. He also had 10 games with multiple steals and 20 games with at least one block. Bonga's longest streak with at least one point, one rebound and one assist was the opening six games of the season (Oct. 23 through Nov. 4). During that stretch, he averaged 5.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 23.1 minutes. In the 12 contests in which Bonga played at least 24 minutes, he averaged 6.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He shot 52.5 percent from the field in those games.

2018

Bonga joined the Los Angeles Lakers after being drafted 39th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. He played in 22 NBA games during his rookie campaign. The bulk of Bonga's playing time came in March and April, and he played in the final nine games of the season. He made his NBA debut Dec. 7 against the San Antonio Spurs. On April 4 he came off the bench to score four points against the Golden State Warriors. Bonga played a career-high 19 minutes in the penultimate game of the season, a 113-109 win over the Utah Jazz. He spent the majority of the season competing for the South Bay Lakers of the G League. At that level, Bonga played in 31 games and made 29 starts. He averaged 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. His 1.1 blocks per game ranked second on South Bay.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
Bonga started most of his appearances for the Wizards last season, getting the nod in 49 of 66 contests. That said, he still only saw backup minutes, averaging 5.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 18.9 minutes. He saw 30-plus minutes on six occasions but still had very modest production, averaging 8.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 combined steals-plus-blocks in those contests. Heading into 2020-21, Bonga could still see a similar role, though it's unlikely to increase significantly given the addition of promising rookie Deni Avdija, who projects mostly as a small forward. Ultimately, it's highly unlikely that Bonga will become fantasy-relevant in standard leagues this season and is probably a long-shot in deeper formats, as well.
Bonga spent most of the 2018-19 season buried on the Lakers' bench as a rookie. He appeared in just 22 games and averaged 5.5 minutes in his first NBA season after being selected in the second round of the 2018 draft. He was ultimately traded to Washington this offseason as part of a cap-clearing move for the Lakers and will look to crack the Wizards' rotation and earn some meaningful NBA minutes. Bonga's size and skill set allow him to operate as both a point guard and a wing, but as of now, there is no clear avenue for consistent playing time. Bonga's best bet to crack the Wizards' rotation this season is injuries, and that's not that far fetched with injury-prone players like Isaiah Thomas and C.J. Miles likely playing ahead of him to start the season. Either way, unless the Wizards end up tanking the 2019-20 season away, Bonga will likely spend most of it buried on the bench once again.
Bonga was selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft after spending the past two years in Germany playing for the Fraport Skyliners. Last season, he averaged 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 22.1 minutes. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound 18-year-old projects as a wing player in the NBA, though may have a tough time finding consistent run on the Lakers during his rookie campaign given the depth of the team’s position(s). It’s possible he spends a significant chunk of the year in street clothes, or in the G-League.
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Becomes unrestricted free agent
FWashington Wizards
July 31, 2021
Bonga won't be extended a qualifying offer by the Wizards, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Starting Friday
FWashington Wizards
April 23, 2021
Bonga will start Friday's game against the Thunder, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Doesn't play Monday
FWashington Wizards
April 5, 2021
Bonga (coach's decision) didn't play during Monday's loss to Toronto.
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Slated for additional action
FWashington Wizards
March 20, 2021
Coach Scott Brooks on Saturday specifically mentioned Bonga receiving additional opportunities with Davis Bertans (calf) sidelined, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Doesn't play Monday
FWashington Wizards
February 15, 2021
Bonga didn't appear in Monday's win over Houston.
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