The Magic threaded the needle, making the playoffs and developing their young players
October 17, 2019, 9:59 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon struggled with his shot (3-for-12 shooting) to finish with seven points and five rebounds as the Magic fell 108-97 on Thursday.
We've seen this a bit too often from Gordon over the last couple seasons, especially as Jonathan Isaac has developed his game. It's hard to count on both him and Isaac (eight points in this game) on a nightly basis, so it'll be frustrating to own either of those guys from day to day.
October 13, 2019, 9:30 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac scored an inefficient nine points in a loss to the Sixers on Sunday in 24 minutes of action.
He shot 4-of-12 from the field and 0-of-4 from beyond to the arc to go along with six boards. He was able to flash his defensive skills as he added one steal and two blocks to the box score. He has top-50 potential in 9-cat leagues and can be taken in the later-middle rounds.
October 10, 2019, 12:47 amJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac scored 13 points while adding eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.
Isaac had five assists in his last game and looks like he may be more of a facilitator on offense this season. Isaac has tantalizing upside in defensive stats. He averaged 0.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 26 minutes last season. If Isaac can improve his scoring and assists he could finish the season as a top-50 player.
October 7, 2019, 9:23 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding two triples, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block against the Pistons on Monday.
Isaac's money is in the defensive states and if he can avoid the health problems he faced last season, he should be able to capitalize on some added opportunity in his third season.
October 2, 2019, 9:08 amJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Magic feel that Jonathan Isaac is a central figure in their team’s future and they refuse to discuss any trade offers about him.
“It’s hard to overstate how much the Magic love Isaac. They have batted away any Isaac trade inquiries and he has quickly become a standard-bearer of the culture president Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond want to nurture,” said Lowe. This makes a lot of sense and even though Isaac is not yet a good offensive player, he has made strides on defense. He was in the 77th percentile for big men when it came to blocks last year and his presence simply makes the Magic better. Isaac should land somewhere in the top-100 I’m standard leagues this year as long as he is able to remain healthy while he still has a lot of room for improvement.
September 16, 2019, 3:49 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
The Magic exercised their team option on Jonathan Isaac, signing him through 2020-21.
Isaac started 64 games in his second season, scoring 9.6 points per game to go with 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Isaac also improved his free-throw shooting, finishing at 81.5 percent. He certainly has the potential to do even more going forward if he can stay healthy.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
August 15, 2019, 10:02 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Coach Steve Clifford continues to be impressed by Jonathan Isaac in Team USA camp which bodes well for the upcoming NBA season.
Isaac has been a bright spot for Team USA but the improvement is tangible as he has clearly gotten stronger. The improvement next year could be especially focused on the defensive side of the ball. We've been waiting for the next step for Isaac, and this could be the start of something better.
Source: The Orlando Sentinel
August 13, 2019, 12:04 amJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Josh Robbins from The Athletic has reported that Jonathan Isaac weighed 234 lbs. during his Team USA stint.
Ah, the classic "gained 20 lbs. of muscle" news we hear at least a handful of times every summer. If this is true, it's big news for Isaac, who is primed for a big season in 2019-2020. He was barely outside of the top-100 with all of the injuries and inconsistent play last season and he's a hard worker so we expect him to make a solid jump next year.
Source: The Athletic
July 25, 2019, 1:35 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac has been named to the USA Men's Select Team this summer.
Isaac's offensive game is still inconsistent, but he showed he has the potential to put up difference-making defensive numbers for fantasy owners. Isaac is going to get plenty of run and shouldn't be overlooked in any drafts next season as it's not every day you can find someone who can rack up steals and blocks as he can.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 9:53 pmJonathan IsaacF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac shot 1-for-7 from the floor for three points with six boards and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes on Tuesday.
Isaac has been awful over the past two games, totaling three points with just one cash-counter in Games 4 and 5. He was coming along very strong to end the season, but clearly the playoffs have taken things to another level. Isaac will still be fantasy relevant for his defense next season.
April 21, 2019, 10:07 pmJonathan IsaacF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac was plagued by foul trouble in the early goings of Sunday's loss to the Raptors and never got into the flow of things, ending the night with zero points on 0-for-4 shooting, adding six rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.
Despite Isaac's late-season development, he's shown that he can disappear once in a while with dismal performances like this one. While the Magic are now a long shot to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the team should be encouraged by the strides Isaac has made in his sophomore campaign following an injury-riddled rookie season.
April 19, 2019, 9:46 pmJonathan IsaacF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac chipped in a solid performance on Friday night against the Raptors with 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two made threes.
Isaac was a big part of how Orlando was able to keep the game close in the first half, but his struggles from the field (4-for-11) and three (2-for-7) kept him off the floor in the fourth quarter as the his team attempted a final comeback.
The Orlando Magic had, arguably, the fantasy pick of the year on their squad and finally made the playoffs, but contracts expire and the future is confusing.
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