Mo Bamba

Mo Bamba

26-Year-Old CenterC
Philadelphia 76ers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After finally putting things together during the 2021-22 season, Bamba regressed last year, falling back outside the top 200 in standard formats. He split time between the Magic and the Lakers, neither team playing him significant minutes. He ended as the 238th-ranked player, averaging 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 15.7 minutes per game. Following his short stint in Los Angeles, Bamba was picked up by the 76ers during the offseason. He will likely battle for backup minutes with Paul Reed, someone who has already proven to be a viable rotational center in the NBA. Despite Bamba's strong per-minute upside, he is not someone typically associated with winning basketball. It's hard to see him being anything more than a depth piece, called upon sporadically throughout the season. Starting center Joel Embiid is no stranger to injury, meaning Bamba could at least have some limited appeal should a small window open up at any point. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.35 million contract with the 76ers in July of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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.

Back to bench
CPhiladelphia 76ers
April 17, 2024
Bamba won't start Wednesday's Play-In Game against the Heat.
ANALYSIS
With Joel Embiid (knee) sidelined, Bamba drew a spot start during the regular-season finale and posted four points, six rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes during a 107-86 win over Brooklyn. Across 40 appearances off the bench this season, Bamba has averaged 3.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 10.3 minutes per game.
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How does Mo Bamba 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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    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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True Shooting %
57.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
55.3%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
32.3%
 
Free Throw Rate
25.3%
 
Offensive Rebound %
11.3%
 
Defensive Rebound %
24.4%
 
Total Rebound %
17.8%
 
Assist %
7.7%
 
Steal %
1.3%
 
Block %
7.4%
 
Turnover %
12.9%
 
Usage %
15.2%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
14.2
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.1
 
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Buried shooting upside
CPhiladelphia 76ers
February 13, 2024
Bamba posted a career-high 38.7 percent shooting on 2.5 three-point attempts per game last season, but he has fired just 27 attempts from deep across 31 games for the 76ers this season.
ANALYSIS
Bamba was able to shoot more liberally with Orlando last season, as Philadelphia's competitive environment has less leniency. However, Joel Embiid's ongoing month-plus absence due to meniscus surgery opens the door for Bamba to see increased usage, and his ability to pick-and-pop more reliably than Paul Reed could be a factor in maintaining a solid platoon role down the stretch.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bamba is coming off his best season, posting career-best marks nearly across the board. Jonathan Isaac missing the whole season opened up time in the frontcourt, and coach Jamahl Mosley was comfortable playing Bamba alongside other bigs like Wendell Carter, Moritz Wagner and Robin Lopez to relative success. In his 25.7 minutes per game, Bamba averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 assists. The big man encouragingly saw his points per game and efficiency climb last season, though his usage rate dipped below that of 2020-21. Bamba shot 48/38/78 for a career-high 58.2 true-shooting percentage - his second year in a row above the 55 percent benchmark. As good as last season was for Bamba - rank of 77 in per-game fantasy production - he's in line for significantly fewer minutes in 2022-23. The Magic selected forward Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick over the summer, and Jonathan Isaac will be back in the mix. Both players are practically locks to see 20-plus minutes per game (especially Banchero), and Orlando even has forwards Franz Wagner and Chuma Okeke to also log healthy minutes. That may force Bamba into a true backup center role behind Carter. Assuming that's the case, it's hard to target Bamba outside of deep leagues. Even then, he's a bit of a flier for fantasy managers in need of blocks.
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.
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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Quiet in spot start
CPhiladelphia 76ers
April 14, 2024
Bamba provided four points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), six rebounds and two blocks over 18 minutes during Sunday's 107-86 win over Brooklyn.
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Gets spot start
CPhiladelphia 76ers
April 14, 2024
Bamba will start Sunday's game against the Nets.
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Grabs seven boards in return
CPhiladelphia 76ers
April 8, 2024
Bamba (illness) scored three points (1-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and added seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 15 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 133-126 double-overtime victory over the Spurs.
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Not listed on injury report
CPhiladelphia 76ers
April 7, 2024
Bamba (illness) isn't listed on Philadelphia's injury report for Sunday's game against the Spurs.
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Won't play Saturday
CPhiladelphia 76ers
Illness
April 6, 2024
Bamba (illness) won't play Saturday against Memphis, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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