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Orlando Magic | #5 | Center











7'0" | 231lb | 23 years

Player Bio


2019-20 SEASON: Appeared in 62 games with Orlando, averaging 5.4 ppg., 4.9 rpg. and 1.39 blkpg. in 14.2 minpg.…Ranked 13th in the NBA in blocked shots…Led (or tied) the team in rebounding five times…Scored in double figures nine times, including a career-high-tying 15 points on Nov. 27 @ Cleveland and Feb. 26 @ Atlanta…Had two double-doubles…Had 10+ rebounds five times, including a career-high-tying 12 rebounds on Nov. 25 @ Detroit…Had at least one blocked shot 45 times and two-or-more blocks 24 times, including a career-high-tying five blocks on Feb. 24 @ Brooklyn…Had at least one steal 17 times and two-or-more steals six times…Missed six games due to injury/illness: missed two games (Nov. 1, 6) due to load management/injury recovery, left shin, two games (Dec. 27-28) due to a sprained right ankle, one game (Feb. 12) due to the flu and one game (Aug. 11) due to a migraine headache…DNP-CD five times (Aug. 4-9, Aug. 13)…Diagnosed with Covid-19 on June 11…Left the NBA Campus at Walt Disney World on Aug. 14 for a comprehensive post-Covid-19 evaluation and missed the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Appeared in 109 career NBA regular season games (one start), all with Orlando, averaging 5.7 ppg., 4.9 rpg. and 1.38 blkpg. in 15.1 minpg.

2018-19: Played in 47 games (one start) during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 6.2 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 1.36 blkpg. in 16.3 minpg.…Ranked among all NBA rookies in rebounding (sixth) and blocked shots (third)… Led (or tied) the team in rebounding three times…Scored in double figures seven times, including a career-high 15 points on Nov. 9 vs. Washington and Nov. 11 @ New York…Pulled down 10+ rebounds three times, including a career-high 12 rebounds on Dec. 31 @ Charlotte…Recorded one double-double…Had first career double-double (12 points/11 rebounds) on Nov. 4 @ San Antonio…Had at least one blocked shot 36 times and two-or-more blocks 19 times, including a career-high five blocks on Oct. 30 vs. Sacramento…Had at least one steal ten times and two-or-more steals three times…Made his NBA debut on Oct. 17 vs. Miami, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes…His 13 points were the most ever scored by a Magic rookie in their NBA debut…Scored his first NBA points on a driving layup with 2:28 left in the first quarter…Made first NBA start on Dec. 19 vs. San Antonio, recording seven points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals in a career-high 26 minutes (25:40)…Missed 34 games due to injury: missed four games (Jan. 9-16) due to a sore left foot, one game (Feb. 2) due to a sore lower left leg and 29 games (Feb. 5-Apr. 10) due to a stress fracture of his left tibia…DNP-CD once…Did not play during the 2019 NBA Playoffs due to injury.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Orlando in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NBA Draft.


COLLEGE CAPSULE: Played in 30 games (29 starts) during his only season (2017-18) at the University of Texas, averaging 12.9 ppg., 10.5 rpg. and 3.70 blkpg. in 30.2 minpg., while shooting .541 (146-270) from the floor…Led the Big 12 in rebounding, blocked shots (also ranked second in the nation) and double-doubles (15)…Named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team…Also an Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press…Scored in double figures 23 times and had 20+ points four times, including a career-high 25 points on Jan. 27 vs. Mississippi…Pulled down 10+ rebounds 19 times…Blocked three-or-more shots 22 times, including a career-high and school freshman-record eight blocks on Dec. 29 vs. Kansas…Set the school record for most blocked shots in a season (111), while also establishing new school and Big 12 freshman records.


Full name is Mohamed Fakaba Bamba…Born in Harlem, NY…Son of Lancine Bamba and Aminata Johnson, who are both originally from the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) and met in New York City after each had come separately to the United States…Has one older sister, Sita Johnson, and two older brothers, Sidiki Johnson and Ibrahim Johnson…Majored in business while at the University of Texas…Contributed to the compensation fund that was created by the Magic's ownership group, the DeVos family (who pledged $2 million) for Magic, Amway Center, Lakeland Magic and Orlando Solar Bears hourly workers for games and time missed during the COVID-19 suspension of 2019-20 seasons…Assisted the Magic's NBA 2K League team, Magic Gaming, in their virtual fundraiser with its players, local social influencers and Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida…Actively involved in the Magic's efforts surrounding its voting campaign to get people registered to vote and out to vote…Joined the Magic in approaching the city with the initial idea of opening Amway Center as an early voting location and participated in the press conference to announce the facility being named one of 20 early voting locations in Orange County…Also attended National Voter Registration Day at Amway Center on Sept. 22, 2020 and served as volunteer poll worker at Amway Center on Nov. 1, 2020…On Oct. 1, 2020, hosted a virtual discussion with approximately 20 Children's Home Society youth from Jones and Evans High School to talk about the importance of voting and answer the students' questions…Played for Team USA in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit and won a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile…While at Westtown High School in West Chester, Pa., captured back-to-back Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships as both a junior (2015-16) and a senior (2016-17)…As a senior, averaged 12.8 ppg., 9.3 rpg. and 3.4 blkpg., and earned both McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American honors…One of five finalists for the Naismith National High School Player of the Year...Encouraged youth to read through the Magic’s Baskets for Books reading event in 2019...You can follow him on Twitter: @TheRealMoBamba and on Instagram: @therealmobamba.