It’s been over two years since Jonathan Isaac moved to the Orlando Magic. The 6-foot-11 forward last played in an NBA game on August 2, 2020, before tearing his left ACL, which has sidelined him ever since. However, after a lengthy rehab process, Isaac is set to return to an NBA game on Monday night against the Celtics. by Shams Charania. Isaac played three games in the G League before returning to the Magic and has also been training with Orlando since early December.
The last time we saw Isaac play in the NBA, he showed glimpses of becoming an all-around defensive threat, using his length and size to be a quality rim guard but nimble enough to defend on the perimeter. On offense, he could stretch the floor to the three-point line, knocking down 34 percent of his attempts. Isaac could also put the ball on deck and get his own bucket and was a dangerous threat rolling towards the rim. Before the ACL tear, he was averaging 12 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
Isaac was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, but injuries hampered his career. His return to the Magic adds to the seemingly limitless amount of time Orlando has at his disposal, including Bol Bol (who had a breakout year), Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., and last year’s No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banquero. leader in the Rookie of the Year 2023 nomination.
It will take time before Isaac returns to any kind of rhythm, and it is not known how his body will react after being away for two and a half years. But if he can get back to where he was before the injury, it will give the Magic more depth not only this season, but in the future. Orlando is in the midst of a rebuild, and in the last two drafts, he picked Banchero and Franz Wagner.
Although the team is 17-29 and appears to be returning to the lottery, the future for the Magic looks bright. If Isaac can somehow take part in this, then his long-awaited return will be worth it.