April 13, 2018, 12:47 amJonathan IsaacSF/PF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac battled persistent ankle and foot issues in his first NBA season, finishing with 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 3-pointers, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks in 19.8 mpg across 27 games.
Isaac said that he'll be working on learning defensive concepts this offseason, as he relied mostly on instincts and athleticism in year one. That's a tantalizing thought for fantasy owners, as Isaac's already-excellent output in steals and blocks should only increase as he settles in as a team defender. A capable defender across three positions, Isaac was a top-200 per-game option and was worth owning for defensive stats alone whenever he was on the court. Unfortunately his campaign was full of stops and starts. He missed 17 games with a nasty sprained ankle but only played in three of his next five, missing two with another ankle injury. He went down with another ankle sprain after the fifth game of that block, missing 26 more games. A left foot strain cost him three more games in March before a sore left ankle kept him out of the final six games of the year. The upside is apparent and copious, but he'll need to prove that he can stay healthy.