Jonathan Isaac
Jonathan Isaac
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 7/31/2020
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.
Personal Bio

Johnathan Judah Isaac is the son of Jackie Allen. He was born in The Bronx in New York in 1997. Isaac has on older sister, two older brothers and two younger brothers. He spent his freshman and sophomore high school seasons at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida. In his junior and senior years, he attended the International School of Broward in Hollywood, Florida. He then spent a post-graduate year at IMG Academy before attending college at Florida State. Isaac majored in sport management while at FSU. In 2018, Isaac started the Jonathan Isaac Fight for Literacy program, raising money and bringing awareness to the importance of reading. In 2019, Isaac was recognized for his efforts in improving the Central Florida community and was the co-winner of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment award. Follow Isaac on Twitter (@JJudahIsaac) and Instagram (@jonisaac_01).

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Isaac started all 32 games during his first and only season at Florida State. The 6-foot-10 center was named to the 2016-17 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman Team for the Seminoles, in addition to garnering a nod on the All-ACC Honorable Mention squad. He helped lead Florida State to the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round, collecting double-digit rebounds in each postseason appearance. Statistically, Isaac was fifth in blocks per game (1.5) in the ACC for the 16-17 season. He also led his team in rebounds per game (7.8) and was second on FSU in both scoring (12.0 PPG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Isaac opted to enter the 2017 NBA Draft after his freshman year and was selected in the first round (sixth overall) by the Orlando Magic.

Squats most weight since injury
FOrlando Magic
Knee
May 22, 2020
Isaac (knee) intimated that his knee is feeling strong and Thursday he squatted the most weight he's done since his injury, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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Isaac suffered a sprained knee Jan. 1 against the Wizards and hasn't played since. He noted that it's possible he'll play if the season resumes again, but that he'd have to be "110 percent."
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2019

Jonathan Isaac was enjoying a break-out season during the 2019-20 season. Unfortunately, an injury prematurely ended his season. The 22-year-old started the first 11 games of the season for Orlando and posted per game averages of 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.3 three-pointers over 31 minutes of run per contest. After a short two-game absence, Isaac returned to start 23 straight games for the Magic. On Nov. 23, the 6-foot-11 forward supplied a career-high 25 points, plus nine rebounds, four steals, four three-pointers and two blocks during a close road loss to the Pacers. On Dec. 15, Isaac generated 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals during a win at New Orleans. But on New Year 's Day, during a win at Washington, Isaac's breakout season came to a halt. Roughly two minutes into the game, Isaac hyperextended his left knee. On Jan. 10, the Magic applied for a Disabled Player Exemption for Isaac. The team later confirmed that the lengthy forward would be out for the remainder of the season.

2018

In his second NBA season, Isaac appeared in 75 games for the Magic, making 64 starts. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Isaac averaged 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, hitting 42.9 percent of his field goals, 32.3 percent of his three-pointers, and 81.5 percent of his free throws. He scored in double-digits 37 times and reached 15 points on 14 occasions. Isaac scored a career-high 20 points in a win over the Pelicans on Feb. 12. He recorded three double-doubles, including a career-best 13 boards against Indiana on Jan. 31. Isaac also blocked 1.3 shots per game, good for 19th in the league. He finished with 98 total blocks (20th in the NBA) and posted a block percentage of 4.1 percent (17th in the NBA). Isaac blocked five shots in a game on two separate occasions. In the Magic's first-round playoff series against the Raptors, Isaac started all five contests and posted two double-digit scoring efforts. He had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Orlando's Game 1 victory. In Game 3, Isaac posted a playoff-career-high 14 points to go with seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes.

2017

Isaac was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Florida State project battled hip soreness in Summer League play, but made his debut on time for the start of the regular season, recording four points, two blocks and eight rebounds in the Oct. 18 opener against Miami. He started the next two games in place of Aaron Gordon, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. In Isaac's first career start, he recorded nine points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt), three rebounds and two steals in a loss to the Nets. Once Gordon was back, however, Isaac was back to a reserve role for the next 10 games, missing one contest in that stretch due to illness. Isaac's rookie season hit a snag Nov. 13, however, as he suffered an ankle injury that resulted in 17 games on the sidelines. He played in three of the next five games after his Dec. 17 return, but still battled ankle trouble along the way. Isaac was later shut down indefinitely to aid his recovery, and he even played two G-League games before returning to the Magic on March 2. He ended up playing 12 more games (eight starts) to finish the season, averaging 5.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals. His career high of 15 points came in his last game of the regular season -- an April 1 loss to the Hawks. Isaac's rookie campaign was cut a bit short by injury, however, as he missed nine of the last 11 games with a foot strain and additional ankle trouble. There was not an opportunity to return in the postseason, as Isaac's Magic missed the playoffs with a record of 25-57.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Orlando Magic.
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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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Door open for postseason return
FOrlando Magic
Knee
May 4, 2020
Isaac (knee) said Thursday in an online Q&A session with Magic season ticket holders that he'll attempt to resume playing in the 2020 postseason if he feels "110 percent" and the training staff deems him ready to go, John Denton of the team's official site reports.
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Still wearing hinged knee brace
FOrlando Magic
Knee
April 1, 2020
Isaac said Tuesday that he feels "fantastic" as he continues through his rehab program but is still wearing a hinged brace to protected his left knee, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Still wearing knee brace
FOrlando Magic
Knee
March 16, 2020
Isaac was still sporting a hinged brace over his sprained left knee last week prior to the NBA's suspension of the season, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Officially done for season
FOrlando Magic
Knee
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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May be done for season
FOrlando Magic
Knee
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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