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July 11, 2018, 9:03 amMo BambaC, Orlando Magic
Drew Hanlen, the most prominent skills coach among budding NBA stars drilled tirelessly with Bamba for the three months between the end of his college career at the University of Texas and the June 21st NBA Draft.
Hanlen has played a major role in the successes of Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine and the Magic are glad to see that this work has given the rookie the confidence that he can ultimately become the kind of transformational player who might redefine how centers play in the NBA. Bamba thinks it’s only a matter of time before his physical tools, raw talent and desire allow him to reach the league’s top tiers of big men while he has shown glimpses of those abilities in this week’s MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, leading the Magic to a 2-1 mark so far with his scoring (26 points), rebounding (16 boards), 3-pointers made (two), blocked shots (seven) and countless defensive denials with that towering wingspan.
July 9, 2018, 11:45 pmMo BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba recorded four points, five rebounds, two steals and five blocks in 22 minutes of work against the Suns on Monday.
Bamba went head-to-head with the No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and was held in check offensively. His length allowed him to swat five shots and grab two steals, though, and that's an area where he should have success next season. Bamba's offensive game will take some time to translate.
July 6, 2018, 7:52 pmMo BambaC, Orlando Magic
No. 6 pick Mo Bamba scored 11 points (one 3) and added seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 19 minutes in an 88-80 win over the Nets on Friday.
Not a bad start from Bamba, and while we know he'll make an impact defensively, he showed off his improved offense, including a pick-and-pop three assisted by Jonathan Isaac. Hopefully the Magic frontcourt will clear up some before the season starts which would give Bamba more guaranteed minutes and production.
July 3, 2018, 12:30 pmMo BambaC, Orlando Magic
The Magic have announced the signing of first-round pick Mo Bamba.
Bamba will be practicing with Orlando's Summer League group today. He's got an incredible set of physical tools and has the looks of a fantasy monster down the line, though his playing time in year one is currently up for debate. It's a pretty good bet that Bamba plays ahead of Bismack Biyombo, though Steve Clifford is pretty famous for favoring veterans. A Nikola Vucevic trade would be the best thing here as Bamba is only looking at backup minutes otherwise. With Orlando going nowhere fast, it'd be wise of them to clear the runway to get a long look at a Bamba-Jonathan Isaac combo. That pair has truly elite defensive potential.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
June 20, 2018, 6:05 pmMo BambaC, College
The Knicks, owners of the No. 9 pick in the draft, met with Mo Bamba in New York on Wednesday.
Bamba is currently projected to go in the top-5 despite some mildly sliding stock, which means that either the Knicks know he'll keep slipping or they're toying with the idea of trading up. Bamba refused to work out for the Grizzlies, who have been attaching Chandler Parsons' deal to the No. 4 pick in trade talks. ESPN's Jonathan Givony has since reported that the Knicks are considering trading up to that fourth spot. These two look like parties to watch heading into tomorrow night.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
June 19, 2018, 5:16 pmMo BambaC, College
Mo Bamba, a likely top-5 pick in the draft, has reportedly refused to work out for the Grizzlies and declined to share his medical information with the team.
More than that, Bamba has openly told them that he'd rather not end up in Memphis, per ESPN's Jonathan Givony. The Grizzlies haven't been faring too well this draft season, with a few players trying to steer themselves out of the conversation at No. 4 overall. Marc Gasol remains a pillar in the frontcourt so it's possible that the team is looking more towards perimeter players anyway, but it's not exactly good news for the team's reputation.
Source: John Martin on Twitter
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