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People are way too quick to call Bamba a bust.  Getting a great player at the #6 pick isn't actually very common.  If he ever makes an All-Star game, he will be one of only 3 players picked 6th in the draft to accomplish that feat in the last 20 years.  

I still think he has a very good shot at landing on some All-Defense teams or possibly even earning DPoY.  

Here are other 6 picks:

  • 2019 Jarrett Culver – Minnesota - Meh so far
  • 2018 Mohamed Bamba – Orlando - Meh so far 
  • 2017 Jonathan Isaac - Meh so far
  • 2016 Buddy Hield – New Orleans - Average starter on bad team
  • 2015 Willie Cauley-Stein – Sacramento - Career role player
  • 2014 Marcus Smart – Boston - 2x All-Defense. Solid contributor
  • 2013 Nerlens Noel – New Orleans - Career role player
  • 2012 Damian Lillard – Portland Trail - All NBA, Future HOF
  • 2011 Jan Vesely – Washington - Bust. Out of 3 years
  • 2010 Ekpe Udoh – Golden State - End of bench player
  • 2009 Jonny Flynn – Minnesota - Bust. Out of NBA in 3 years
  • 2008 Danilo Gallinari – New York - Solid starter for many years
  • 2007 Yi Jianlian – Milwaukee - Bust. Out of NBA in 5 years
  • 2006 Brandon Roy – Minnesota - All-NBA
  • 2005 Martell Webster – Portland - Career role player
  • 2004 Josh Childress – Atlanta - Career role player
  • 2003 Chris Kaman – L.A. Clippers - 1x All-Star, solid contributor
  • 2002 Dajuan Wagner – Cleveland - Bust. Out in 4 years
  • 2001 Shane Battier – Memphis - 2x All-Defense. Solid contributor
  • 2000 DerMarr Johnson – Atlanta - Career role player
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Also let's look at some other big men at 22 (Bamba last year):  

  • Mo Bamba - 8.0 PTS, 5.8 TRB, 1.4 BLK in 15.8 min
  • Rudy Gobert - 8.4 PTS, 9.5 TRB, 2.3 BLK in 26.3 min
  • Tyson Chandler - 8.0 PTS, 9.7 TRB, 1.8 BLK in 27.4 min
  • Ben Wallace - 3.1 PTS, 4.8 TRB, 1.1 BLK in 16.8 min (age 23)
  • Deandre Jordan - 7.1 PTS, 7.2 TRB, 1.8 BLK in 25.6 min
  • Chris Kaman - 9.1 PTS, 6.7 TRB, 1.1 BLK in 25.9 min
  • Marc Gasol - 11.9 PTS, 7.4 TRB, 1.1 BLK in 30.7 min (age 24) 

Mo had comparable stats to all of these guys playing HALF the minutes.  Everyone is going to be shocked at his "development" this year, when the reality is that he just hasn't been getting enough minutes to show what he can do. 

Don't be surprised when he leads the NBA in blocks in the next year or two.

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I'm not sure any Magic fan expects Bamba to be on the team after the trade deadline in three weeks.

But I still like the fella.


Here we've got a jersey swap tonight between Bamba, Jaxson Hayes and Bol Bol

Bamba & Hayes on the right hugging it out

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And I must include one more shot of Bol Bol (spelled b.o.o.b.s.)

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