Mohamed Bamba

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  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba has completed his post-coronavirus evaluation and doctors have ruled out any potential long-term complications.

    The long-term effects of coronavirus remain a major unknown but Bamba's evaluation results are a positive sign. The Magic's young center has been consistenly limited by health issues throughout his career thus far. This season he was a per-minute stud, posting per-36 averages of 13.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. With each passing year we grow closer to Bamba's full potential being realized. Hopefully this offseason he is able to overcome the health and conditioning issues which have plagued him.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba has left the bubble for a "comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation," according to the Magic, and will miss the rest of the season.

    Bamba has been limited inside the bubble and fell down the depth chart, with conditioning being a major problem. The Magic are going to treat Bamba's condition with the utmost concern and holding him out of the playoffs is the smart play. He was unable to train for a month after contracting COVID-19 and has had a hard time getting back into shape.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba will sit out Thursday's game against the Pelicans despite not appearing on the injury report.

    Coach Steve Clifford said on Thursday that Bamba would be unavailable for this contest, which does not have any bearing on the playoff standing for the Magic.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba (migraine) will miss the game against the Nets on Tuesday.

    Bamba recently revealed that he contracted COVID-19 earlier this year, which led to subsequent conditioning issues and a large reduction in playing time during the restart. The Magic are probably giving their young center the night off but he isn’t expected to be a part of the rotation even when the NBA Playoffs start.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba remained limited in Saturday's scrimmage, picking up eight minutes, nine points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer in a 112-119 loss to the Lakers.

    Bamba is still playing under a minutes cap, which is both disappointing and understandable as the Magic try to protect the young center. He is unlikely to play a large role over the rest of the season unless Nikola Vucevic gets hurt, and Bamba simply isn't a fantasy factor as a bit part of the rotation.

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba couldn't find his way off the bench in the 2019-2020 season, averaging only 14.5 minutes with 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on .468 shooting.

    Bamba's rookie year was riddled with injuries so him being healthy and playing in 60 games is a step in the right direction. Nikola Vucevic is their man in the middle and Bamba doesn't have the speed or shooting to play alongside him, especially when the Magic are hellbent on playing Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac together as well. Bamba should get his time to shine as a blocks specialist eventually, but it isn't any time soon with the Magic. He finishes the season with 215/194 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic took a slight step back in the abridged 2019-20 fantasy season, but still managed to be a top-20 player in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis.

    Vucevic took a slight step back in scoring at 19.5 points per game (1.3 points less than 2018), shooting efficiency at 47% (4.8% less than 2018) and rebounds at 11.0 per contest (1.0 less than 2018). There were also slight decreases in defensive stats. However, Vuc did take a step forward as a shooter, knocking down 1.5 triples per game and pushed his turnover number down to 1.4. On top of that, Vucevic did miss 11 games at the tail end of November with a sprained ankle. We have a well-established and reliable baseline for what Vucevic is and that should continue through his time in Orlando while they wait for Mo Bamba to grow into the future.

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Magic center Mo Bamba said on Tuesday that he's spent the quarantine period bulking up, self-proclaiming that he's put on close to 30 pounds of muscle.

    Bamba said of his time off, ""I’ve worked my tail off during this quarantine. This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started)." He laughed and added that only about 2.5 percent of the weight he's put on is body fat. Bamba, along with many other NBA players, "can’t wait to get back out there and work" which is a great sign for the Magic and their fans. Jonathan Isaac is becoming more and more of a potential option for the team when/if the season is resumed as the days pass, so his presence would limit Bamba's chances on the offensive end of the floor. The team has yet to decide whether or not they want to play Isaac at all the rest of the season, regardless of the rumblings about a restart from the league office. However, this bulk-up on Bamba's part is nonetheless pretty impressive and is certainly noteworthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mohamed Bamba double-doubled vs. the Hawks on Wednesday with 15 points (4-of-7 from the field), 10 boards, four blocks and three triples in 17 minutes.

    The per-minute production was massive and Bamba tied his career high in points. Bamba is not an add despite the impressive performance. He hasn't played over 20 minutes in a single game in February and is a blocks streamer only in standard leagues. He could be rostered as a blocks specialist in 16-team leagues as he is averaging 2.2 blocks per game over the past month.

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mohamed Bamba (illness) will not play on Wednesday.

    Bamba hoped to play, but the doctors would not clear him for action. Khem Birch should see more time on the court while Nikola Vucevic is primed for a big game.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mohamed Bamba was perfect from the field and from the line in 13 minutes on Monday as he had 10 points (3-of-3 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, one assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Bamba's minutes are still capped while Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch are both healthy. However, he's blocking shots at an impressive rate. If he somehow found himself with 30 minutes per game, we could be looking at a 10-rebound, 3-block player.

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mohamed Bamba brought the defensive stats on Saturday, swatting two shots and swiping two steals to go with five points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.

    Bamba has six blocks in the past four games but has failed to crack 15 minutes during that span. Bamba can be streamed for blocks but should be left on the waiver wire outside of deeper leagues.

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has reported that the MRI that was done on Jonathan Isaac's left knee revealed a severe sprain and bone contusion and the team will re-evaluate him in approximately two months.

    Wojnarowski also reported that the silver lining of Isaac's injury is that he avoided any structural damage to ACL, MCL or PCL ligaments. Isaac was on pace to finish the year somewhere between a second round and fourth round value. He does still have a chance to return this season but that opportunity won't come until the end of the season. He can be placed on the IR spot if that is an option; otherwise it wouldn't be crazy to drop him in redraft leagues. The names to watch on the Magic that may be on the waiver wire are Terrence Ross, Khem Birch, Amile Jefferson and Mo Bamba. Ross is the only player that has been fantasy relevant in standard leagues in past seasons.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mohamed Bamba (right ankle sprain) will be available for Monday's game.

    Bamba last played on December 23. He rarely cracks 20 minutes in a single game but can provide blocks for owners in deeper leagues. With Nikola Vucevic and Bamba back, Khem Birch has minimal value.

    Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mohamed Bamba (right ankle sprain) went through shootaround and will be probable to play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    While it's a good thing that the notoriously slow-healing Bamba was able to get over his most recent injury fairly quickly, his production can be very sporadic behind Nikola Vucevic. Keep an eye on him, as you would any big man with his skillset, but don't expect fantasy relevance any time soon. Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) and Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) will remain out for this game, so expect the Magic to rely heavily on their starters.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter