Jonathan Isaac sees bright futures for Magic teammates Mo Bamba and Markelle Fultz
Orlando Magic big man Jonathan Isaac says Mo Bamba and Markelle Fultz have bright futures ahead of them.
Bamba, who had a disappointing rookie season with the Magic, put up 18 points and six rebounds in the Magic’s first preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs. Menwhile, Fultz — playing in his first NBA game since Nov. 19, 2018 — finished with six points, two rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes of action.
Naturally, Isaac was happy to see the two youngsters thrive. More than anything else, though, he liked what he saw from Fultz and Bamba.
“Mo’s going to be special, man,” Isaac said, via John Denton of Magic.com. “With his ability to shoot the ball, rebound and block shots, we just want him to stay healthy and continue to make the strides that he’s making.
“Just like Mo, Markelle is going to be a great asset for us. I think he showed his ability to get into the paint, pass and make plays for himself. I think this preseason will just help him get more acclimated to our team.”
Mo Bamba was selected by the Magic with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 Draft. He appeared in 47 games during his rookie campaign, putting up 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 48.1 percent from the field.
Orlando acquired Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers at the 2019 February trade deadline. He has career NBA averages of 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 53.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Fultz has fully recovered from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The Magic believe the former No. 1 overall pick can be an effective two-way player for them this season.
Jonathan Isaac played in 75 games last season. He averaged 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line.
For the first time in years, Orlando has young players to build around.