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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward | #9

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Republic of Congo
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / OKC
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Serge Ibaka will not play for Team Spain at EuroBasket this summer.
Ibaka is looking for a massive payday as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so it wouldn't make much sense for him to risk injury playing in an optional basketball tournament. The Raptors are reportedly interested in re-signing Ibaka this offseason, but in order to do that, they'll need to part ways with Jonas Valanciunas. Jun 28 - 12:51 PM

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The Raptors could be looking to make Serge Ibaka their starting center for next year.

If you saw the playoffs, you saw Ibaka fall off as a power forward for a lack of mobility away from the basket on the defensive end. The Raptors are reportedly looking to move Jonas Valanciunas, so that could also help Ibaka's playing time as the five man. Jakob Poeltl would likely be the backup in this case.
Jun 22 - 6:59 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting on Sunday but didn't bring much else to the box score, adding just two boards, two triples and one assist in 35 minutes.

Ibaka fit in well in Toronto, producing averages of 14.2 points, 6.8 boards, 1.8 triples, 1.4 blocks and 1.7 turnovers per contest on 45.9 percent shooting, although that was only good enough for top-65 value in standard 9-cat leagues. Ibaka’s shot blocking numbers have been on a steady decline since 2012, and over the past two years he’s failed to crack a top-40 evaluation, so it’s probably time to stop taking him during the early rounds.
May 7 - 6:20 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with two rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

He's missed a lot of open shots and he's looked a step slower in this series. Ibaka is playing more center these days and that trend may continue beyond these playoffs. He'll need to knock down more shots to combat the firepower of the Cavs offense. Simply put, he needs to play better.
May 5 - 9:43 PM

Serge Ibaka shifted to center on Wednesday and had 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting, five boards, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

The move allowed Ibaka to stay in the paint as a rim protector, rather than checking Kevin Love on the perimeter, but the end result was another loss. The Raptors head home with an 0-2 deficit and the specter of another playoff exit looming over the franchise.
May 3 - 10:05 PM

Serge Ibaka looked great in his second straight start at center on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.

This was a huge bounce-back effort from Ibaka after he made just 4-of-16 field goals in Game 4. Ibaka had an aggressive mindset tonight and opened the first quarter with two poster dunks over Giannis Antetokounmpo, though foul trouble would eventually slow him down. He grabbed six rebounds with three assists, one steal, three blocks and a triple and will look to keep this momentum going on Thursday for Game 6 in Milwaukee. DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and six assists for the Raptors and DeMarre Carroll notched 12 points with six boards and two steals.
Apr 24 - 9:57 PM

Serge Ibaka started at center against the Bucks during a Game 4 win on Saturday, making 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and one turnover in 26 minutes.

His power forward minutes went completely away in this game with no minutes next to Jonas Valanciunas. Ibaka only played one minute next to Patrick Patterson, so he was out there with a lot of space on the offensive end. That led to a lot of jumpers, but he couldn't get them to fall. While this game wasn't eye-popping on the stat sheet, the new rotation is a favorable one for Ibaka going forward.
Apr 22 - 6:17 PM

Serge Ibaka said his sore ankle was feeling much better on Wednesday.

Ibaka didn't appear to be limited by the ankle injury at all during Tuesday's Game 2 win when he put up 16 points, seven boards, six assists, two blocks and four triples through 36 minutes of floor time, so he should be just fine for Thursday's Game 3 in Milwaukee.
Apr 19 - 1:50 PM

Serge Ibaka had 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's big 106-100 win over the Bucks to tie their first-round series at 1-1.

This was basically a must-win game for the Raptors at home and Ibaka did most of his damage in the first three quarters. He was dealing with an ankle injury coming into this one but it looks like he feels great. Game 3 is in Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Apr 18 - 9:43 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) is good to go for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

Ibaka didn't appear limited at all while going through his pregame routine, so he shouldn't have any sort of restrictions tonight as the Raptors look to even up the series before heading to Milwaukee. Joining Ibaka in the starting five for Game 2 will be Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas.

Dwane Casey said that Serge Ibaka (ankle) "should be good to go" for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.

The Raptors still want Ibaka to go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but after going through shootaround without issue, it looks like Ibaka will be on the floor tonight. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status.
Apr 18 - 5:28 PM

Serge Ibaka (ankle) went through shootaround this morning, but coach Dwane Casey said Ibaka will be a game-time decision for Game 2 on Tuesday night vs. the Bucks.

Ibaka tweaked his left ankle after landing on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1 and sat out Monday's practice. Ibaka had his ankle heavily taped on Tuesday, but the fact that he was able to participate in shootaround is a good sign. However, it appears we will have to wait until shortly before tip-off to have confirmation on his status. If Ibaka is unable to play, Jonas Valanciunas, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson will likely see an uptick in minutes. Casey might also choose to play Jakob Poeltl or Lucas Nogueira.
Apr 18 - 10:48 AM

Serge Ibaka sat out Monday's practice with a sore ankle, but Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey is expecting him to play in Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Bucks.

"It’s day by day," said Ibaka, "I woke up this morning and was walking perfect." Ibaka tweaked his ankle coming down on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot during Game 1, and while he acknowledged that it would be tough to suit up if the Raptors had a game today, he feels he'll be good to go by Tuesday. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 17 - 2:23 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

He was Toronto's best defender in this game and served as the backbone of the defense at times. Ibaka was very successful as a five man with OKC in the postseason last year and coach Dwane Casey has used him a bunch in that role in the last two months, so expect him to play minutes in the upper 30s in this series. Maybe Casey puts Ibaka on Giannis Antetokounmpo more often.
Apr 15 - 9:24 PM

Serge Ibaka (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Cavs.

He'll get his first game off since his suspension. With Ibaka out, there should be more minutes going to the young bigs: Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira and Pascal Siakam. Ibaka will be ready to roll this weekend.
Apr 12 - 6:44 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
4Fred VanVleet
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2OG Anunoby
3P.J. Tucker
4Bruno Caboclo
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Patrick Patterson
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl