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Magic’s Jonathan Isaac feels he is a ‘more confident and consistent shooter’

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Over the summer, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac has added some heft to his 6-foot-10 frame in addition to an improved shooting stroke. These advancements in his game have made him more confident.

Per Magic reporter John Denton, Isaac talked briefly about his experience working out with Team USA as well what he worked on in the offseason. Against Team USA, Isaac demonstrated his ability to absorb contact, something that he wasn’t capable of before. He also worked on his shooting stroke, which will allow him to enter the 2019-20 season with confidence.

“It’s just about being comfortable out there on the court and with the changes in my body, it’s now about being able to bump and grind on the inside and take those hits,’’ Isaac said of his bigger body. “I feel more like a more confident and consistent shooter now. All of it, has gotten a lot better for me.”

Jonathan Isaac was the sixth overall pick by the Magic in the 2017 NBA Draft. He played a mere 27 games in his rookie year, when he was sidelined with a right ankle sprain. In his second year, the Florida State product was inserted into the team’s first five in 64 of the 75 games he played.

He averaged 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.3 blocks in 26.6 minutes. While the numbers don’t jump off the page at first look, Jonathan Isaac showed signs of how great he can be in several games. In a 124-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks, Isaac tallied 17 points and a career-high five blocks. Later on, he scored a career-high 20 points in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans.