April 10, 2019, 11:38 pmJonathan IsaacF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac was able to shake the health concerns that dogged him last season and played 75 games, but his sophomore season saw him post top-125/110 per-game value and top-105/90 total value (8/9-cat).
Isaac was expected to make a huge leap this year but it didn’t quite come together. Despite an increase in playing time from 19.9 to 26.6 mpg, Isaac’s blocks only moved from 1.1 to 1.3 and his steals actually fell from 1.2 to 0.8 per game. His points (5.4 to 9.6), rebounds (3.7 to 5.5), threes (0.6 to 1.1) and efficiency (from .379 to .429) all took solid jumps but Isaac’s money is made on defense and he couldn’t quite deliver the swipes. Isaac did manage to stay healthy after left foot and right ankle problems limited him to 27 games as a rookie, but the Magic ended up being surprisingly competitive and touches were funneled to more win-now types as the playoffs became a sensible goal. It looked like a repeat of last year after Isaac missed seven straight with a right ankle sprain in November, but luckily he played in every game thereafter up until missing the season finale with a concussion. If Isaac’s steal percentage doesn’t get cut in half this season, we’re looking at an easy top-100/80 player. Perhaps next year is the one where it all clicks into place.