Mo Bamba, C - Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are a dumpster fire, which is to be expected after they traded away Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Between Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter, and the Wagner brothers, the Magic have one big too many.
Mo Bamba is battling for minutes in the starting lineup between Franz Wagner and Carter, and Mo Wagner has the backup position locked up with Robin Lopez. Bamba is a restricted free agent, so the Magic could bring him back, but based on the direction the franchise is going in and with Jonathan Isaac returning this season, Bamba might be the odd man out.
Bamba is like a poor man’s version of Jakob Poeltl. He grabs eight rebounds a game, but keeping in mind, he plays alongside a lot of bigs. That number could be higher. He scores slightly over ten points and blocks two shots each game. He could feasibly play alongside Jakob, as he is willing and capable to take the occasional 3-point shot and put the ball on the floor.
If Bamba were to develop a slightly more reliable deep shot, he could maybe be a starter for the Silver and Black next season. Or, with Thad Young and Drew Eubanks gone, he could be a very good option off the bench depending on where Zach Collins and Jock Landale are in their development.
It’s all very circumstantial, but if the stars align and the Spurs spend big money on a different position, they could give Mo Bamba a shot to carve out a more defined role than the one he has in Orlando.