Jonathan Isaac
Jonathan Isaac
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic
OFS
Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Isaac improved his per-game averages across every statistical category except steals as a sophomore in 2018-19. Perhaps more importantly, he established himself as a fixture in the starting lineup, showcasing his superb defensive acumen while improving offensively as well through 75 games and 64 starts. Having reportedly gained a whopping 25 pounds of muscle this summer, the young combo forward turns 22 in October and could see a sizable uptick in playing time for the second straight season, as he logged 26.6 minutes per game last year compared to 19.9 per night as a rookie. In order for Isaac to be a consistently positive factor for fantasy purposes, he'll likely need to provide more steady offensive production, which has been the big question mark for him since entering the league, and it reared its ugly head in the playoffs. Regardless, it's clear that the Magic have high hopes for Isaac and view him as a key cog going forward. As a result, those who take the plunge and decide to invest in him on draft day can at least take comfort in the fact that Orlando is very likely to continue allowing Isaac to play through mental mistakes and off nights offensively. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.16 million contract with the Magic in July of 2017. Magic exercised $5.81 million team option for 2019-20 in September of 2018. Magic exercised $7.36 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Officially done for season
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
February 10, 2020
Magic team president Jeff Weltman confirmed last week during an interview with Scott Anez of ESPN 580 Orlando that Isaac (knee) will remain sidelined for the rest of the season.
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Weltman's comments don't come as much of a surprise after the Magic previously applied for a Disabled Player Exception for Isaac back in January, which signaled that the organization didn't expect him to be ready to play until early April at the soonest. Now that a late-season return is off the table for Isaac, fantasy managers who had been holding him in redraft formats can feel free to move on. Isaac is expected to be fully recovered from his severe left knee sprain in advance of training camp next fall.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The sixth overall pick in the 2017 Draft out of Florida State, where he made the ACC All-Freshman Team, Isaac had his rookie campaign dampened by a lingering ankle injury. He struggled offensively during his 27 appearances, averaging just 5.4 points across 19.9 minutes while shooting 37.9 percent from the field. However, Isaac shot an encouraging 76.0 percent from the free throw line and was able to show off his defensive potential by averaging a combined 4.2 steals/blocks per 36 minutes. Heading into 2018-19, Isaac should see his role increase, likely starting alongside Aaron Gordon at forward. At the very least, Isaac is probably worth a late-round flier in Fantasy simply due to his upside as a defender and solid rebounding. How early he gets drafted is heavily dependent on Fantasy owners’ optimism about his scoring ability, both in volume and percentage, and overall workload.
Isaac, at 6-foot-11, has impressive physical tools for a player capable of occupying both forward slots – a great asset to have next to Aaron Gordon, who’s a bit of a tweener himself. Isaac’s length and motor project to make him an impact defender at the NBA level, capable of succeeding in a switch-heavy defensive scheme. Last season, at Florida State, he posted 12.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals across 26.2 minutes per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three on 89 attempts. Questions do remain about what kind of offensive impact he’ll make, however. Scouts noted that while he has the tools to be a great talent on that side of the ball, he lacks aggression and confidence. He has plenty of upside, but the concerns about his offensive game seemingly make it unlikely he’ll post eye-popping box scores. That said, his defensive potential and overall versatility should keep him on the floor for solid stretches of games, possibly garnering sixth-man type minutes at both forward spots.
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May be done for season
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
January 10, 2020
The Magic recently applied for a Disabled Player Exception for Isaac (knee), implying the team projects him to miss the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Doesn't need surgery
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
January 8, 2020
Isaac (knee) will not undergo surgery and will instead be treated with rest and therapy, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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Out at least two months
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
January 2, 2020
Isaac was diagnosed with a severe left knee sprain and bone contusion, and will be re-evaluated in approximately two months, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Optimistic before MRI
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
January 1, 2020
Isaac (knee) is optimistic that the knee injury he suffered in Wednesday's 122-101 win over the Wizards isn't as severe as initially anticipated, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Suffers hyperextended knee
FOrlando Magic
Out For Season
January 1, 2020
Isaac, who was stretchered off the court during Wednesday's game against the Wizards, has been diagnosed with a hyperextended left knee and will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
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