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January 19, 2019, 9:25 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Despite the absence of Aaron Gordon (back tightness), Jonathan Isaac did not make much of a splash on Saturday with just six points (3-of-6) shooting, adding six boards, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes.
Isaac moved up to power forward with Jonathon Simmons sliding into the starting lineup but did not make much of an impact. We've extolled his upside based on per-minute averages but cannot anyone for losing patience with him after his failure to rise to the occasion in this one.
January 18, 2019, 9:45 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon had 23 points, three 3s, five assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes before leaving Friday’s eventual loss to the Nets with lower-back tightness.
Gordon left in the fourth quarter and did not return. This same issue has been impacting his game for a good part of the season, so we hope he can get right or another late-season shutdown might be in play. Stay tuned for any updates. Jon Isaac added nine points, six boards and two blocks and would get more run at his natural power forward position if Gordon misses any games.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
January 9, 2019, 11:28 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac continued to disappoint on Wednesday night with nine points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers and a block in 26 minutes.
Isaac exists in limbo right now, never putting together the explosive lines that owners want to see while giving you just enough to make you think that one could be around the corner. Do not drop him, but we'll admit that it's been tough to watch him try to stay afloat on an Orlando team that could desperately use a true playmaker.
January 4, 2019, 10:24 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac played 29 minutes on Friday, posting 10 points, three rebounds, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer.
That's eight cash counters in Isaac's last two games and an average of 3.2 combined threes, steals and blocks per game over his last five. He's still having some issues cracking the 30-minute threshold with any regularity but Isaac's potential, and the helpful production even when he's being held back, make him a must-own in standard leagues. He's probably one more good game away from earning a spot in your lineup.
December 31, 2018, 8:28 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac put up 11 points, two rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes of action in Monday's loss to the Hornets.
Isaac continues to frustrate fantasy owners, who keep watching him take one step forward and one step back. We'd like to see him get more minutes than this, even in a blowout. Isaac is averaging 0.8 blocks and 0.2 steals over his last five games, making this a prime buy-low opportunity for a player who has game-changing upside. He doesn't belong in lineups at the moment but certainly belongs on a roster.
December 28, 2018, 10:02 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac played 29 minutes in Friday's blowout win over the Raptors and delivered a mixed bag, featuring 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting with eight boards, three triples, two assists and two blocks.
Yes, the 4-of-13 shooting was not great, but the takeaway here is that he's making the attempts, which is a nod to his, hopefully, improving confidence. We know he's got the chops to post gaudy lines based on his per-minute production, so it's just a matter of the game slowing down for him.
December 15, 2018, 8:23 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac didn't score a single point in Saturday's win but managed seven rebounds, a steal and three blocks in 34 minutes of action.
We'd like to see Isaac take more than three shots but this is why he has to be owned in all leagues. Hold, buy-low, whatever you want to call it — Isaac's defensive abilities keep his fantasy value afloat. Try to get him on your rosters.
December 14, 2018, 12:08 amJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac scored 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting with a 3-pointer, three rebounds, an assist, three steals and three blocks on Thursday.
Isaac's engine is starting to rev up and we've seen this before but talent usually wins out and he's got enough of it to warrant a hold in standard leagues. The offense is a nice touch, but the money is made with cash counters and Isaac has triple-one potential which was displayed tonight.
December 10, 2018, 10:49 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac started on Monday in place of Evan Fournier (personal) and scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, a steal and a block.
Isaac didn't do much in this start and it's been a disappointing season for him so far, but if he added a triple to his line then it would have looked a lot better. The good news is that this is his floor and the defensive numbers are why you're holding onto him.
December 10, 2018, 7:38 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
With Evan Fournier (personal) out on Monday, Jonathan Isaac will start against the Mavs.
Isaac starts at small forward while Jonathon Simmons slides over to the shooting guard spot. We'll keep banging on the Isaac drum until he's owned in all leagues, and now would be a great time to pick him up if he's still on waivers. Terrence Ross remains the shooting guard of choice as he'll likely play more than Simmons despite his bench role. It wouldn't be surprising to see Isaac hold onto this job once Fournier returns, but he can really force the issue with a strong game tonight.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
December 7, 2018, 9:24 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac played 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's 112-90 loss to the Pacers and recorded six points, six rebounds and three blocks.
The line is nothing to write home about but it's still can be considered a positive that Isaac is currently healthy and can work on improving his confidence and aggressiveness. Jonathon Simmons, who can be considered as merely a placeholder in the starting five, scored two points with two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.
December 4, 2018, 11:00 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac shot 4-for-5 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line for 12 points with six boards, two assists, two steals and one block in 32 minutes off the bench against the Heat on Tuesday.
It was nice to see Isaac have a heavy impact with Aaron Gordon sharing the floor. He also had no turnovers, putting up a solid 9-cat line for owners. Have patience with Isaac and it should pay off.
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