Isaac Bonga
Isaac Bonga
20-Year-Old ForwardF
Washington Wizards
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.08 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2018. Traded to the Wizards in July of 2019.
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.

Scores 10 in start
FWashington Wizards
August 11, 2020
Bonga finished with 10 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three boards, two assists, one block, and one steal in 30 minutes of a 126-113 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday.
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Bonga hit every statistical category as a starter against the Bucks, and he was efficient from the field, shooting 83.3 percent in the contest. But his strong showing wasn't enough to lift the Wizards in the contest as they lost their seventh consecutive game since the restart. He'll finish the season against Boston on Thursday.
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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 threes (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 that Bonga saw 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 performances.

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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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round (39th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2018
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers (as a future 2018 round draft pick) to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 2019 2nd round draft pick (Bruno Fernando was later selected) (2019 2nd-rd pick is CHI's pick.) and cash considerations.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; the Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, De'Andre Hunter, Brandon Ingram, cash, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick and a 2024 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Lakers; and the Wizards traded cash to the Pelicans. (9-30 protected, unprotected in 2022) (2023 first-round pick is right to swap with LAL.) (NOP have the option to defer 2024 first-round pick to 2025.)
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Starting in opener
FWashington Wizards
July 31, 2020
Bonga will start Friday's restart opener against the Suns, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Leads team with 15/12 double-double
FWashington Wizards
July 25, 2020
Bonga registered 15 points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 12 reboundsand an assist across 28 minutes in Saturday's 105-100 scrimmage loss to the Clippers in Orlando.
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Unavailable Tuesday
FWashington Wizards
Groin
March 10, 2020
Bonga was ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks with a groin contusion.
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To start in Robinson's place
FCapital City Go-Go   G League (Wizards)
March 8, 2020
Bonga will start Sunday's game against Miami.
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Remains in backup role Friday
FCapital City Go-Go   G League (Wizards)
March 6, 2020
Updating a previous report, Bonga will remain in a reserve role Friday against the Hawks.
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