Player News - Magic

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Mo Bamba said he feels like he "can be one of the best rim protectors in the league as a rookie."

"It’s something that I’ve really tried to master early in my career and it’s only going to get better,’’ Bamba said. General manager John Hammond had to be salivating over taking Bamba and his 7'10" wingspan, and the team mentioned he loved his character. While Bamba has been parading his improvement on his jumper this offseason, his impact on shot blocking makes him a great fantasy target in a year without much depth at center.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 22 - 6:40 PM

The Magic took Melvin Frazier with the 35th pick in the NBA Draft.

Frazier's 7’2" wingspan adds plenty of length to his 6’6" height to make him one of the better non-lottery defensive prospects. In his junior season at Tulane, Frazier averaged 15.9 points, 5.6 boards, 2.9 dimes, 2.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.2 treys on a 56/39/71 shooting line. He can also rise with the best of them with his 41.5-inch max vert, but it’s worth a mention he couldn’t get up any reps at the bench press, much like Kevin Durant. The Magic have plenty of forwards who are ready to play, so Frazier shouldn't have a big role this season.
Jun 21 - 11:04 PM

The Magic have selected Mo Bamba with the No. 6 pick in the 2018 Draft.

He set a record at the combine with his condor-like 7’10" wingspan to get him to 4.9 blocks per 40 minutes in his freshman year at Texas. Bamba also has said he’ll out jump everyone in the NBA, he’s said his improvement on his jumper is night and day, and that he’s "the most adaptable player in this draft." Bamba didn’t have much of a shot last year at just 27.5% from deep, 32.2% on his two-point jumpers, and 68.1% at the line, but working with shooting expert Drew Hanlen has reportedly helped him tremendously. Even if he’s able to mildly improve those numbers, the 20-year-old center could hold elite fantasy upside for his blocks alone. He’ll be a name to watch in the middle rounds of drafts, and expect this selection to increase the possibility that the Magic moves Nikola Vucevic and/or Bismack Biyombo.
Jun 21 - 8:03 PM

The Knicks reportedly met with Mohamed Bamba on Wednesday.

Marc Berman of the NY Post reiterated recent reports about Memphis gauging the market for a package involving the No. 4 pick and Chandler Parsons. "The Grizzlies are looking to trade out of the No. 4 slot," Berman writes, "and they have talked to the Knicks about a deal." Bamba reportedly doesn't want to be drafted by Memphis, but he looks like a lock for the top-five picks regardless.
Source: NY Post
Jun 20 - 8:23 PM

Orlando will likely will choose between Wendell Carter Jr., Kevin Knox, Michael Porter Jr., Collin Sexton and Trae Young, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

Robbins is one of the best beats in the league, so we'll trust this somewhat long list assuming the Magic stay at No. 6. One of these things is not like the others with four of these five guys having some length at their positions, but Trae Young is one of the smallest players to be selected in the lottery.
Jun 20 - 6:16 PM

University of Texas coach Shaka Smart said Mo Bamba has "taken a really, really big step in terms of work ethic" since April.

Bamba's improvement on his jumper has been a major story and it's a part of the reason he's likely to go in the top five. He has been working with shooting coach Drew Hanlen, who has helped guys like Bradley Beal reach new heights as a shooter. Bamba's workout numbers have also been off the charts for a guy his size, and of course his 7'10" wingspan tops his resume. He has monster fantasy potential.
Jun 20 - 3:47 PM

Mo Bamba has refused to share his medical information or work out for Memphis and has expressed to Memphis management that he does not want to be a Grizzly.

Bamba isn't the only high-profile prospect who has been avoiding the Grizzlies, which makes sense considering a lot of guys expected to go in the lottery are bigs, and in Memphis they'd have to compete for minutes with JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol. Bamba's raw athleticism and shot-blocking prowess (3.7 swats per game at Texas) make him a highly alluring draft day target, and he's essentially a lock be a top-5 pick.
Jun 19 - 4:27 PM

Marreese Speights is reportedly nearing an agreement on a deal with the Guangzhou Long Lions of China.

Speights had a tough time getting into the rotation in Orlando this past season, contributing meager averages of 7.7 points, 2.6 boards and 1.7 triples per contest on 39.5% shooting, so he'll head overseas for a larger role and better payday. He'll be able to return to an NBA team once the CBA season concludes, but Mo' Buckets is irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Jun 18 - 5:56 PM

Magic spokesman Joel Glass revealed on Wednesday that Jonathon Simmons underwent right wrist surgery on April 24.

Simmons sat out the final 12 games of the 2017-18 season due to what the Magic labeled a "right wrist contusion," but after visiting a hand specialist and getting an MRI after the conclusion of the season, it was concluded that surgical intervention was necessary. The Magic still haven't offered an official timetable for Simmons, but he has until late-September to get himself right for training camp.
Jun 13 - 1:31 PM

Jonathan Isaac has been spending a lot of time in the gym in an effort to become more durable.

A sprained right ankle, a sprained left ankle and a strained left foot forced Isaac to miss 55 games as a rookie. "Only playing 30 games, I’ve got work to do," Isaac said. "I have expectations for myself. So I’m just getting in here and doing what I have to do to make my second season a better season than my first." Isaac looks noticeably stronger and has added 10 pounds to his frame, and he's also been working on his finishing at the basket, ball-handling, mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers.
Jun 11 - 9:47 AM

General manager Ryan McDonough said Mo Bamba is one of the smartest guys he's seen in the draft process.

He also made the popular comparison to Rudy Gobert. "At 20 he's ahead of where Rudy was," McDonough said. The GM isn't wrong here because Gobert was about as raw as it gets at his first summer league, but both possess otherworldly wingspans and Bamba has an edge at 7'10". The Suns likely won't take Bamba at No. 1, but he seems like a near lock to go in the top five.
Jun 9 - 3:29 PM

Mo Bamba will work out for the Suns on Saturday and the Mavericks on Monday.

The Suns seem to be locked into Deandre Ayton at No. 1 overall; however, the Mavs at No. 5 is very much a possibility for Bamba. He averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game as a freshman at Texas last season. Bamba has showcased an improved jumper in recent workouts and boasts a mammoth 7-foot-10 wingspan.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 9 - 11:15 AM

Mo Bamba said his shooting improvement is "night and day" from his last game at Texas.

He shot a respectable 68.1 percent from the line last year, but he did only make 32.2 percent on two-point jumpers and made just 27.5 percent on treys. Bamba is a near lock to go in the top 10 and he has a chance to go in the top five. The Bulls had a workout for him today and they could certainly take him at No. 7.
Jun 1 - 9:24 PM

Magic officials are taking the long-term approach with Jonathan Isaac.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the team is "hoping to develop him slowly but steadily over the next few years." In his rookie year, Isaac showed plenty of upside on the defensive end, especially when he was in space. His ankle issue was really the biggest headline, and staying healthy will probably be the biggest goal in his sophomore season. He'll be a target in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Jun 1 - 5:21 PM

The Celtics are not expected to try to trade up for Mo Bamba, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

"Don't waste your time on that one," Murphy's source said. There were some reports floating around that the Celtics could try to move up to the top 10 to get him, but it would require some serious draft capital. They do hold the Kings pick for next year, but that pick may turn out to be an excellent selection.
May 31 - 6:02 PM


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