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Serge Ibaka | Center/Forward | #7

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Republic of Congo
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / OKC
Contract: view contract details

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Serge Ibaka played 44 minutes in a preseason game on Thursday, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block.
The preseason matters, apparently. In his five preseason games, Ibaka averaged 14.8 points, 9.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 steals and 1.0 treys. Ibaka seems to have his wish with more usage on offense and he should see a scoring bump into the teens. On the other hand, the dip in his block rate is still a bit unsettling with his blocks per game dropping in his last four seasons. There's still enough upside to pounce on Serge in the first 40 picks of standard drafts. Oct 20 - 10:35 PM

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Serge Ibaka (knee) led all scorers with 25 points on Sunday, making 9-of-15 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in 36 minutes of action.

Ibaka added six boards, two blocks, one assist and one 3-pointer, and it's safe to say that his knee feels fine. He's been terrific in the past two preseason games and appears to have Frank Vogel's blessing to shooting from the perimeter, which is a nice wrinkle for fantasy owners. He has early-round potential but can often be had in the 40-50 range on draft day.
Oct 16 - 8:51 PM

Serge Ibaka had by far his best game as a member of the Magic on Friday, scoring 19 points with 17 rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He made 7-of-9 from the field and both free throws in his 29 minutes. Ibaka wasn't pleased with his low usage in OKC, but now he should get his wish on a team lacking offensive talent. If Ibaka can turn around his decreasing block numbers, he could be a terrific value in the later early rounds.
Oct 14 - 10:00 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) scored his first points in a Magic uniform on Wednesday, chipping in seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with three boards and one block in 21 minutes.

Ibaka's fantasy stock spiked with his trade to Orlando, where he's in position to reverse multi-year declines in scoring, rebounds and blocks. He won't hurt you in percentages and can even chip in occasional 3-pointers, making him a worthwhile big man to target after the first few rounds.
Oct 12 - 9:41 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) will start Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

It'll be Ibaka's preseason debut after he spent the early portions of training camp and the preseason sidelined with a sore knee, and Frank Vogel said he's intending to play him a lot this evening. Ibaka had a tough time over the past two years as his role diminished in OKC, but he'll have every opportunity to re-establish himself as a top-20 guy in Orlando. He's a worthwhile early-round selection.
Oct 12 - 11:37 AM

Serge Ibaka (knee) practiced for the second consecutive day on Sunday.

The Magic have been exercising extreme caution with their big offseason acquisition, holding him out of the early portions of training camp with knee soreness, but an MRI has already confirmed that Ibaka was never dealing with anything serious. He’s going to have every opportunity this year to re-establish himself as a top-20 stud in Orlando, so he'll be someone to start thinking about around Round-4 in standard 9-cat leagues.
Oct 9 - 5:59 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee) returned to practice on Saturday.

Ibaka dealt with knee soreness for about a week, but it sounds like it was just preseason rust that needed to come off. We expect that he'll be fine moving forward, and Ibaka is in a prime spot to bounce back after serving as a disappointment in fantasy leagues last season. He's in a contract year, is playing under Frank Vogel and is now employed by a team that traded away Victor Oladipo to acquire him. Don't overlook Ibaka.
Oct 8 - 3:45 PM

Serge Ibaka (sore knee), Aaron Gordon (sprained ankle) and Elfrid Payton (hip) will not play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Cavs.

None of these players are believed to be dealing with significant injuries, so their absence from Wednesday's preseason action can be described as precautionary. Bismack Biyombo, Mario Hezonja and D.J. Augustin will all likely be earning another start tonight sans Ibaka, Gordon and Payton. For what it's worth, Ibaka recently had a precautionary MRI on his knee that came back clean, but he won't likely play in any preseason action until he goes through some scrimmages.

An MRI taken on Serge Ibaka's knee showed no structural damage, and he's expected to rejoin the Magic for Wednesday's preseason game in Cleveland.

Frank Vogel said that while Ibaka will be available to play on Wednesday, he may elect to sit him out given that he has missed Orlando's last few practices. Additionally, Vogel described Ibaka's MRI as precautionary, and said that the end result gave everyone "peace of mind." It doesn't sound like Ibaka is dealing with a serious knee issue, so there's nothing wrong with investing a third or fourth-round selection on the shot blocking dynamo with the hopes he can re-establish himself as a top-20 guy in Orlando.
Oct 4 - 3:35 PM

Serge Ibaka (knee soreness) will not play on Monday according to coach Frank Vogel.

Vogel said the team is not concerned about the soreness, but any time a player has a knee issue it's a little worrying. Ibaka has missed several practices in the last week and it's unclear when he will return. If he misses additional time, then it would make sense to move him back a few spots on draft boards.
Oct 3 - 1:21 PM

Serge Ibaka missed his third day of practice on Sunday due to knee soreness.

According to coach Frank Vogel, Ibaka is day-to-day. The Magic haven't ruled him out for Monday's preseason game, but we'd be surprised if he played at less than 100 percent. Until the Magic give us a reason to worry, this shouldn't affect his draft stock.
Oct 2 - 2:10 PM

Serge Ibaka missed practice on Friday due to routine knee soreness.

Coach Frank Vogel clarified it's not an injury and it's just managing a veteran. Ibaka had minor knee surgery back in March, so this is all just precautionary. The day off on Friday shouldn't be viewed as a negative to his fantasy value. On the other hand, his blocks per game have dipped in each of his last four seasons and he's had a drop in scoring in each of his last two. A new role could help him, so he's a fine target in the third or fourth round.
Sep 30 - 3:18 PM

Serge Ibaka said he's looking to stay in Orlando "forever."

General manager Rob Hennigan said the Magic "certainly" traded for Ibaka long term, which seems obvious after they traded away Victor "Mr. Feathery" Oladipo. Ibaka has talked about getting more shots, so he should get a chance here. After two down seasons, Ibaka might be a bargain in the fourth round.
Sep 26 - 6:24 PM

Serge Ibaka has been training with FC Barcelona's "B" squad in order to stay in shape for the NBA season.

The 26-year-old has been training with the FC Barcelona's reserve team in an attempt to hit the ground running when he arrives at Magic training camp. Ibaka should benefit from a change of scenery in Orlando and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him regain top-20 fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Sep 6 - 12:23 PM

Serge Ibaka said that he never asked Thunder management to trade him away.

"I never asked to be traded, even though there was a lot of media conjecture that I was unhappy with my role," stated Ibaka. He also added that while he's going to miss the fans in OKC, he's "thrilled" to have a new beginning in Orlando, and he likes the idea of playing for the defensive oriented Frank Vogel. A change of scenery could be just what Ibaka needs to reestablish himself as a top-20 asset in standard 9-cat leagues, so he could make for a nice value pick on draft day.
Aug 31 - 10:29 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Elfrid Payton
2D.J. Augustin
3C.J. Watson
SG1Evan Fournier
2Jodie Meeks
3C.J. Wilcox
SF1Aaron Gordon
2Mario Hezonja
3Damjan Rudez
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Jeff Green
3Arinze Onuaku
C1Nikola Vucevic
2Bismack Biyombo
3Stephen Zimmerman