Jonathan Isaac

Jonathan Isaac

26-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jonathan Isaac in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a four-year, $69.6 million contract extension with the Magic in December of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Johnathan Judah Isaac is the son of Jackie Allen. He was born in The Bronx in New York in 1997. Isaac has on older sister, two older brothers and two younger brothers. He spent his freshman and sophomore high school seasons at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida. In his junior and senior years, he attended the International School of Broward in Hollywood, Florida. He then spent a post-graduate year at IMG Academy before attending college at Florida State. Isaac majored in sport management while at FSU. In 2018, Isaac started the Jonathan Isaac Fight for Literacy program, raising money and bringing awareness to the importance of reading. In 2019, Isaac was recognized for his efforts in improving the Central Florida community and was the co-winner of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment award. Follow Isaac on Twitter (@JJudahIsaac) and Instagram (@jonisaac_01). Isaac started all 32 games during his first and only season at Florida State. The 6-foot-10 center was named to the 2016-17 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman Team for the Seminoles, in addition to garnering a nod on the All-ACC Honorable Mention squad. He helped lead Florida State to the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round, collecting double-digit rebounds in each postseason appearance. Statistically, Isaac was fifth in blocks per game (1.5) in the ACC for the 16-17 season. He also led his team in rebounds per game (7.8) and was second on FSU in both scoring (12.0 PPG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Isaac opted to enter the 2017 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was selected in the first round (sixth overall) by the Orlando Magic.

Operating on minutes restriction
FOrlando Magic
February 14, 2024
Head coach Jamahl Mosley said Isaac will limited to around 14-to-16 minutes during Wednesday's game versus the Knicks, Jake Chapman of the Magic Radio Network reports.
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Isaac has dealt with extensive injuries throughout his career, and the Magic will be cautious with him on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday. Isaac is averaging 5.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 18.0 minutes across his last five outings.
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How does Jonathan Isaac compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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True Shooting %
56.8%
 
Effective Field Goal %
53.2%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
35.3%
 
Free Throw Rate
31.6%
 
Offensive Rebound %
10.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
23.4%
 
Total Rebound %
16.6%
 
Assist %
4.4%
 
Steal %
2.2%
 
Block %
7.2%
 
Turnover %
8.2%
 
Usage %
17.5%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
17.4
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.2
 
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Should be fully healthy by camp
FOrlando Magic
April 11, 2023
Isaac is expected to be fully healthy by the start of training camp next season, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ANALYSIS
The 25-year-old forward missed all of the prior two seasons due to a prolonged recovery from a torn ACL, and Isaac played only 11 games upon his return in 2022-23 before undergoing surgery in March to repair a torn left adductor muscle. If he does manage to get and stay healthy next season, Isaac could assume a key role on the Orlando bench behind Paolo Banchero.
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Isaac missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus. The Magic have changed significantly since Isaac last played, with the organization diving into a rebuild. That will likely end up being a positive thing for Isaac, who figures to be more of a focal point of the offense than he would have been previously. Despite playing just 136 career games since being drafted sixth overall in 2017, Isaac has already established himself as one of the league's best defenders, averaging 2.1 blocks and 1.5 steals per 36 minutes for his career. The question now is about the other side of the ball. Isaac made strides in 2019-20, as he averaged 11.9 points on 47/34/79 shooting -- the most efficient season of his career. He also averaged 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 28.8 minutes. The result, combined with his 2.9 combined blocks-plus-steals, was Isaac ranking a shocking 34th in per-game fantasy production in his 34 appearances. In 2021-22, Isaac figures to see 30-plus minutes on a regular basis, and it won't be surprising if he sets a career high in shot attempts. The injury risk should concern fantasy managers, but Isaac could be a steal after the fourth or fifth round given his two-way upside.
In his third season, Isaac enjoyed a career year. He averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists across 28.8 minutes - all career highs. His ability to contribute on both ends of the court made him a highly-valuable fantasy contributor in the early goings of the season, though a devastating knee injury sustained in January derailed the breakout campaign. After fearing he would miss the rest of the season, Isaac was able to return to the NBA bubble after additional time to recover due to the league's extended time off. Isaac returned but unfortunately suffered another injury when he tore his ACL and meniscus. He underwent surgery in early August and is expected to miss all of the 2020-21 season. After playing just 27 games as a rookie in 2017-18, Isaac appeared in just 34 contests in 2019-20 and will not play again until 2021-22 at the earliest. He's a unique two-way talent who can be a quality fantasy contributor, though health will obviously be his biggest roadblock moving forward.
Isaac improved his per-game averages across every statistical category except steals as a sophomore in 2018-19. Perhaps more importantly, he established himself as a fixture in the starting lineup, showcasing his superb defensive acumen while improving offensively as well through 75 games and 64 starts. Having reportedly gained a whopping 25 pounds of muscle this summer, the young combo forward turns 22 in October and could see a sizable uptick in playing time for the second straight season, as he logged 26.6 minutes per game last year compared to 19.9 per night as a rookie. In order for Isaac to be a consistently positive factor for fantasy purposes, he'll likely need to provide more steady offensive production, which has been the big question mark for him since entering the league, and it reared its ugly head in the playoffs. Regardless, it's clear that the Magic have high hopes for Isaac and view him as a key cog going forward. As a result, those who take the plunge and decide to invest in him on draft day can at least take comfort in the fact that Orlando is very likely to continue allowing Isaac to play through mental mistakes and off nights offensively.
The sixth overall pick in the 2017 Draft out of Florida State, where he made the ACC All-Freshman Team, Isaac had his rookie campaign dampened by a lingering ankle injury. He struggled offensively during his 27 appearances, averaging just 5.4 points across 19.9 minutes while shooting 37.9 percent from the field. However, Isaac shot an encouraging 76.0 percent from the free throw line and was able to show off his defensive potential by averaging a combined 4.2 steals/blocks per 36 minutes. Heading into 2018-19, Isaac should see his role increase, likely starting alongside Aaron Gordon at forward. At the very least, Isaac is probably worth a late-round flier in Fantasy simply due to his upside as a defender and solid rebounding. How early he gets drafted is heavily dependent on Fantasy owners’ optimism about his scoring ability, both in volume and percentage, and overall workload.
Isaac, at 6-foot-11, has impressive physical tools for a player capable of occupying both forward slots – a great asset to have next to Aaron Gordon, who’s a bit of a tweener himself. Isaac’s length and motor project to make him an impact defender at the NBA level, capable of succeeding in a switch-heavy defensive scheme. Last season, at Florida State, he posted 12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals across 26.2 minutes per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three on 89 attempts. Questions do remain about what kind of offensive impact he’ll make, however. Scouts noted that while he has the tools to be a great talent on that side of the ball, he lacks aggression and confidence. He has plenty of upside, but the concerns about his offensive game seemingly make it unlikely he’ll post eye-popping box scores. That said, his defensive potential and overall versatility should keep him on the floor for solid stretches of games, possibly garnering sixth-man type minutes at both forward spots.
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Back to bench
FOrlando Magic
January 31, 2024
Isaac won't start Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
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Cleared from injury report
FOrlando Magic
January 30, 2024
Isaac isn't on the Magic injury report for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
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Won't return Monday
FOrlando Magic
Undisclosed
January 29, 2024
Isaac has been ruled out for the rest of Monday's game against Dallas due to an undisclosed injury, Wendell Epps of Bally Sports Florida reports.
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Starting Monday
FOrlando Magic
January 29, 2024
Isaac is in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Dallas.
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Sees boosted minutes again
FOrlando Magic
January 29, 2024
Isaac played 23 minutes and finished with nine points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in Sunday's 113-98 win over the Suns.
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