October 17, 2019, 9:56 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba made the most of his 17 minutes of action, scoring 14 points, adding three triples and blocking a shot.
Bamba was efficient offensively in this game and showed some flashes of the potential we've been sitting on. Unfortunately for him, Nikola Vucevic is entrenched as a star for this team and until the path to minutes becomes clearer, it won't be a big fantasy profile.
October 13, 2019, 9:33 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba played well in a start against the Sixers on Sunday as he had 12 points and three rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting in 19 minutes of action.
He shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range and added two blocks to the box score, so he flashed his ability to be a 3-and-D center. He should have the backup job behind Nikola Vucevic, but he does not warrant a draft pick in fantasy as he will not have enough playing time. He can be a blocks specialist in deeper leagues.
October 13, 2019, 4:20 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikole Vucevic (left ankle sprain) will not play in Sunday's preseason game versus the Sixers.
This will be the second straight game Vucevic will miss due to the ankle sprain, but it is still not believed to be serious. Look for Mo Bamba and Khem Birch to step up in his absence.
Source: Josh Robbins on Tiwtter
October 11, 2019, 9:22 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba got the start and scored six points, grabbed seven boards and swatted two shots in Friday's preseason game vs. the Celtics.
Nikola Vucevic was out with a mild left ankle sprain so Bamba got the nod to start at center. He was on a minutes limit due to some soreness in his left leg and managed to play 18 minutes. Vucevic's injury is not reported to be serious, so Bamba will continue to be a block specialist as a streaming option in standard leagues.
October 11, 2019, 5:39 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Though Mo Bamba will start at center in Friday's preseason game, he will be limited to 15-17 minutes.
Bamba is dealing with some light soreness in his left leg, which is the one he injured last season, but it isn't considered to be serious. That makes him a pretty dicey play in DFS but it does elevate Khem Birch. Bamba is going to be a blocks specialist in redraft formats but is best left for deep-league use.
Source: Roy Parry on Twitter
October 7, 2019, 9:23 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting while adding eight boards, two blocks and three triples in Monday's preseason match against the Pistons.
Bamba struggled to stay healthy last season which was the biggest obstacle for him establishing any sort of rhythm. He's been playing well in the preseason and hitting the outside shot with consistency. Now he'll get a fresh start as the primary backup to Nikola Vucevic but the ceiling will be limited as long as Big Vooch is healthy.
October 5, 2019, 11:10 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba was a force off the bench for the Magic on Saturday, recording 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, one trey, one assist, one steal and three blocks in just 19 minutes.
Bamba looked really good in this one and it's nice to see the Magic give him a little bit more leash to strut his stuff. He's coming off an injury-plagued 2018-19 campaign and is looking to get back on his developmental track. That said, he's playing behind Nikola Vucevic, one of last season's top breakout stars, so Bamba's upside is capped. Still, it's nice to see him do some serious damage in less than 20 minutes.
September 18, 2019, 6:28 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba will enter training camp second on the depth chart behind Nikola Vučević.
Head coach of the Magic, Steve Clifford, told a reporter that he plans on having Bamba as his primary backup center while Khem Birch will be third on the depth chart. The Magic also have Vučević, who was re-signed in the offseason to a four-year, $100M contract. As long as Bamba is backing up Vučević, his fantasy ceiling is capped outside of standard redraft leagues.
September 16, 2019, 4:06 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
The Magic exercised their team option on Mo Bamba, signing him through 2020-21.
Bamba averaged 1.4 blocked shots during his rookie season in just 16 minutes per game. However, the #6 overall pick in 2018 is firmly behind starting center Nikola Vucevic on the Magic's depth chart.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 1:43 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
The Magic have decided to hold Mo Bamba out for the remainder of summer league after experiencing some general soreness in the area where he had his stress reaction last season.
Bamba, who hasn't played in a game setting since January 31st, finishes Summer League scoring 15 points in 15 minutes in his lone appearance. The injury doesn't seem serious, but there is no need for the Magic to push their young big man through meaningless games. Bamba should be ready to roll when the preseason comes around.
Source: Joshua Robbins on Twitter
July 7, 2019, 4:33 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba will miss Sunday's Summer League game as a precaution.
Bamba scored 15 points in his Summer League debut on Friday, his first game since January 30. He's fully recovered from last season's left leg stress fracture and Orlando is simply playing it safe.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
July 6, 2019, 12:37 amMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
In his first game action since being shut down for a stress fracture in his left leg back in Februrary, Mo Bamba scored 15 points with two rebounds and two threes on Friday night against the Spurs.
Bamba logged 15 minutes and didn't appear to suffer any injury setbacks which would be enough to consider the night a success. The efficient 5-for-7 shooting night also bodes well as he hopes to build on a somewhat disappointing rookie season.
June 25, 2019, 12:35 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
The Magic have listed C Mo Bamba, who has made tremendous progress from the tibial stress fracture in his left leg, on the team's Summer League roster.
Bamba has been working out daily with Magic assistant coaches and has been making steady progress. It remains to be seen how much Bamba will play in Las Vegas, but being on the roster is a good sign. Bamba's fantasy stock hinges heavily on Nikola Vucevic's free agency decision, but he has tremendous upside should he find himself a larger role.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
May 6, 2019, 12:41 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba's left tibia stress fracture has healed, and he's been able to jog and shoot jumpers since mid-April.
Bamba's rookie season was cut short after 47 games, and it's great to hear that he's recovered. Doctors don't believe that this will be a recurring option for the big man and he may play in Summer League. His immediate fantasy value will hinge entirely on what the Magic do with Nikola Vucevic, though he remains a nice dynasty hold.
Source: The Athletic
April 25, 2019, 12:20 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba (left tibia stress fracture), who has progressed to jogging and shooting jumpers in his rehab, hopes to be ready to play in the summer league.
Bamba showed his tantalizing fantasy potential in limited minutes during his rookie season averaging 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Bamba has the ability to produce big man stats and hit some threes if given a full complement of minutes. With Nikola Vucevic heading into free agency and potentially leaving, Bomba has a chance to get there next season.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter