Mo Bamba
Mo Bamba
22-Year-Old CenterC
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bamba's rookie season was cut short by a foot injury and, ultimately, a tibia stress fracture that required surgery. The pair of injuries caused the big man to play in just 47 games over the course of his first regular season. Now, Bamba enters year two completely healthy, but he is likely to take on a similar role as last season. In 47 games, most of which were spent backing up All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, Bamba averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks across 16.3 minutes per game. Even if it was a small sample size, Bamba showed promise on both ends with his ability to rack up rebounds and blocked shots in short spurts along with making 30 percent of his three-point attempts, which is a good baseline for the seven-footer. But with Vucevic wasting no time signing a four-year, $100 million contract with the Magic this offseason, it looks like Bamba's workload will remain relatively unchanged. However, while Vucevic did play 80 games for the first time in his NBA career last season, he is no stranger to injuries, which would be Bamba's only clear avenue to seeing extended minutes in his sophomore season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10.56 million contract with the Magic in July of 2018. Magic exercised $5.97 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Personal Bio

Mohamed Fakaba "Mo" Bamba is the son of Lancine Bamba and Aminata Johnson. He was born in 1998 in Harlem, New York. Both of his parents originally are from the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), but they did not meet until they each had moved separately to the United States. Bamba has one older sister and two older brothers. During the eighth and ninth grade, Bamba attended an all boys boarding school in Canaan, New Hampshire, called Cardigan Mountain School. He then moved on to Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. As a junior and senior at Westtown, Bamba led the basketball team to back-to-back Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships. Bamba would go on to play in the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game. For college, Bamba attended Texas for one year. Bamba inspired the 2017 viral "Mo Bamba" song by his friend Sheck Wes. Fans can follow Bamba on both Twitter and Instagram (@TheRealMoBamba).

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Bamba needed just one season at Texas to catch the attention of NBA scouts. Through 30 games (29 starts), the 6-foot-11 center averaged a double-double with 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, the latter representing the top mark in the Big 12 conference. Bamba also averaged an impressive 3.7 rejections per contest, which led the conference and was the second-best mark in the nation. He and the Longhorns squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed, but they were eliminated by Nevada in the first round. When all was said and done, Bamba made the All-Big 12 Freshman Team and was voted Second Team All-Conference. He entered the 2018 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was chosen in the first round (sixth overall) by the Orlando Magic.

Gets clean bill of health
COrlando Magic
September 3, 2020
Bamba (illness) said Wednesday that his doctors don't expect him to experience any long-term effects following his recent recovery from the coronavirus, allowing him to resume playing in 2020-21, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Bamba tested positive for COVID-19 on June 11, but he was cleared to join the Magic in Orlando for the season restart in late July. The seven-foot center didn't feel quite like himself upon returning to action, however, noting specifically that he felt good physically but was nonetheless struggling with his conditioning. The Magic ultimately decided it was best for Bamba to be shut down for the season Aug. 14, after he had only made two brief game appearances in the bubble. Fortunately for Bamba, his post-coronavirus evaluation didn't reveal anything alarming, so he should be in line for a normal offseason. Though Bamba -- who packed on 20 pounds of muscle during the NBA's hiatus -- missed out on the opportunity to test out his new physique in competitive action, the Magic are seemingly optimistic that he'll be ready to take his game up a level in his third NBA season. He'll still likely have to battle Khem Birch for the top backup job behind top center Nikola Vucevic during training camp.
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Bamba played in 47 contests his rookie season before being shut down with a stress fracture in his Tibia following his team's January 31 win against Indiana. The 20 year-old averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his debut against Miami on October 17. Scored 15 points in back-to-back games on November 9 and 11 against the Washington and New York. Also recorded eight rebounds against New York. Recorded a season-high 12 rebounds on December 31 against Charlotte. Recorded 10 rebounds while scoring eight points against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 6. Bomba recorded a season-high five blocks while also scoring seven points and grabbing seven boards on October 30 against the Sacramento Kings. Normally a .300 percent three-point shooter, the 20-year old knocked down all three attempts from behind the arc against Denver on December 5. He also grabbed six boards and recorded one block and two assists in 16 minutes of action in the game.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 3, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Orlando Magic.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Bamba, selected out of Texas with the sixth overall pick in this summer’s draft, checks in at seven feet tall with a 7-foot-9 wingspan. Due to his physical tools, the Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree projects to be a high-level shot-blocker from Day 1, as he averaged 3.7 blocks across 30.2 minutes last season. His quality rebounding (10.5) and scoring (12.9) also helped him be selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team. While Bamba already seems to be a lock as an imposing defensive presence, his upside as a three-point shooter has intrigued scouts. He only shot 14-of-51 (27.5 percent) from three at Texas, but has since showed off improved form in workouts. That said, he was conservative with the shot during summer league, going just 2-for-4 in 59 minutes. So, Fantasy owners hoping Bamba will come out shooting multiple threes every night could be let down. Starter’s minutes aren't a guarantee, either, as 27-year-old Nikola Vucevic remains on the roster. He saw 29.5 minutes per game last season and was 0.8 boards away from averaging a double-double. Regardless, given that Orlando is deep into a rebuild, it would be surprising if Bamba doesn't see significant run during his rookie campaign.
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Leaves bubble
COrlando Magic
Illness
August 14, 2020
Bamba has left the NBA bubble for a comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation and will be out for the remainder of the season, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports.
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Sitting out after all
COrlando Magic
Undisclosed
August 13, 2020
Bamba (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's regular-season finale against the Pelicans, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Not on injury report
COrlando Magic
August 12, 2020
Bamba (head) is absent from the injury report ahead Thursday's game against New Orleans.
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Out Tuesday with migraine
COrlando Magic
Head
August 11, 2020
The Magic list Bamba as out for Tuesday's game against the Nets with a migraine.
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Seeing limited action in scrimmage
COrlando Magic
July 22, 2020
Bamba will see limited action during Wednesday's scrimmage against the Clippers, Dante Marchitelli of Fox Sports Florida reports.
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