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Jonathan Isaac
Jonathan Isaac
Position: F
Born: 10/03/97
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Salary: $5,806,440
You have all of the tools to be an elite defender, maybe even a Defensive Player of the Year candidate down the road. Is becoming one of the best defenders in the league one of your goals? Jonathan Isaac: Absolutely. First and foremost, my goal is to do whatever it takes to help my team win. I think defensively, I can do a lot to help my team win. That’s where it comes from; it’s not really wanting to win an award or the pride that comes with that. It’s just wanting to help my team win. I can be a great help and impose my defensive will in games and that’s what I want to do.
There are a lot of questions about Markelle as well as a lot of excitement in Orlando about what he could bring to this team. What have you seen from him specifically during the workouts? Jonathan Isaac: I’ve seen Markelle’s work ethic and his seriousness about getting on the floor. I think that’s what going to pay off for him and that’s what’s going to make him the player that he is. He’s a great player. He had some unfortunate situations, but his mindset is to work through them.
The 14-man USA Basketball Select Team includes Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets); Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings); Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks); John Collins (Atlanta Hawks); Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks); Craig; De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs); and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).
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Jonathan Isaac cleared to play

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol and will be available to play in the team’s playoff opener Saturday in Toronto, the team announced Thursday night. Isaac is believed to have been hurt in Orlando’s win Sunday against the Celtics. He was struck in the jaw and experienced concussion-like symptoms after the game, leading the Magic to put him in the protocol.
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Jonathan Isaac who has two of the three double-doubles in his career in Orlando’s past two games, admitted that recently being passed over to play in the Mountain Dew Rising Stars Game at NBA All-Star Weekend has served as a motivating factor for him. And here’s the part that Magic fans will like the most: Isaac said that his motivation will be with him the rest of this season and well into the summer. “I think with things like (not being picked for the all-star game), you can take it two ways,’’ said Isaac, the No. 6 pick from the 2017 NBA Draft. “It can be something that hinders you or something that motivates you. I believe it’s motivated me so far and it’s going to continue to motivate me to the summer to be a better player.’’
Those bonds between Isaac and J.U.M.P. endure, as Magic point guard D.J. Augustin saw firsthand. Before training camp this year, Augustin attended a J.U.M.P. service that Isaac led. “Basically, they give him an opportunity to be a family away from his real family,” Augustin said. “Just for a young guy in the NBA to have a Christian background and have that faith — being in the NBA is hard to do. I think they’re helping him grow as a person and make all the right decisions. A lot of other young guys don’t have that opportunity.”

Isaac left the Magic locker room without any noticeable limp and he is considered day-to-day. “It is the same thing, so you can say it’s a little annoying, but I’m just ready to get back in tomorrow and continue to get treatment and see how I feel,” said Isaac, who also said he had no immediate swelling and X-rays on the ankle were negative. “I felt it while I was in the game and tried to go a couple minutes to see how I feel. I couldn’t really do much on it so I decided to come out.”
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Josh Robbins: @Tyler C. There have been no indications that a trade is forthcoming. I don’t expect the front office to make a desperation move to challenge for a No. 8 seed, not when the three key members of the Magic’s long-term nucleus — Mohamed Bamba, Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac — are under long-term team control with their contracts and are very far away from reaching their primes. The team’s key potential trade chip — note the use of the word “potential” instead of “likely” — is center Nikola Vucevic.
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Jeff Weltman: “I think Jonathan was 211 and he’s 226 (pounds) today. It’s all a testament to the hard work that he’s put in. The Orlando Magic fans who are junkies and really watched the Summer League games that were on TV got a glimpse of where his game is headed. He’s a defender, a facilitator, he’s going to be able to hit shots and his instincts are uncanny. All of that stuff is good, but the glue is the character and work ethic and he’s got it. I have no reservations in saying that.”
ORLANDOMAGIC.COM: You put a big emphasis on developing forward Jonathan Isaac in Summer League and he responded with some strong play. Like Bamba, how much of a load are you willing to put on him early in his second season and do you see signs of him being a special player for this organization? STEVE CLIFFORD: “I think he’s had a really terrific offseason. All the work that he did last year while developing his body and skill level gave him a level of confidence. Then, I think Summer League was great for him and he’s spent a lot of time with (Magic assistant coaches) Pat Delany and Bruce Kreutzer working on his skill level and his range shooting. I think people will see his development this year. “I think he’s still just starting with where he can be, but he’s worked really hard and he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now.’’
Reunited in Orlando, Weltman and Hammond have used their first two lottery picks on Isaac and Bamba, essentially throwing a challenge flag for the duration of this rebuild to the concept that the best teams can only be effective with one nimble, rim-protecting center on the floor at any given time. “Everyone is looking for switchable defenders and versatile types of players, and we just believe that Mo and Jonathan have that component,” Weltman told Yahoo Sports. “They’re long, they can play either the four or the five. But they have really good feet, they’re very skilled, they’re both going to be very good shooters, and they have high IQs.”
For Isaac, this experience has also been about expanding his game and becoming more comfortable in a role as a go-to player, something he regularly avoided in an effort to blend. “It’s a process, obviously. It’s something new to me. It’s a process, man. I’m working on it every single day, and I think my offense is going to be really something special in the future,” Isaac told Yahoo Sports. “It just speaks to their belief in me and my ability to make shots and being a playmaker and making decisions out on the floor. Even when I wasn’t making shots, they were still calling plays for me to get the ball. I’ve got to continue to uphold that confidence in myself.”
On the night of the draft last month, Isaac didn’t see a threat with the Magic’s selection of Bamba, only a frontcourt partner who is already a tremendous help defender. Isaac’s response on Twitter was simply stated, “Scary!” “It’s hard not to see the potential and the damage we can do in this league together,” Bamba told Yahoo Sports. “Before I was even drafted, Orlando was one of those teams where I thought it was the best fit because of the front office and the current team. I just knew right away.”
Isaac missed all four games the Magic played last season against Clifford’s and Delany’s former team, the Charlotte Hornets. But Clifford has studied tape of Isaac when Isaac was healthy as a rookie. “I think he’s a lot stronger,” Clifford said. “I think he feels good. I think he’s in a very good place. He was very assertive on the floor [in summer-league practices]. He’s on his way to having a really good offseason.”
What’s your primary focus heading into the offseason? Jonathan Isaac: It’s gonna be ball handling, being able to be a knockdown shooter. Catch-and-shoot corner threes. And one of the front office guys really wants me to be able to get up and down the floor, so being able to run every possession. I read that a few veterans have been in your ear offering advice for you this summer. What specifically have they been telling you? Jonathan Isaac: My body. My body is gonna be huge throughout my entire career. Staying healthy. Working on joints and things like that. Just getting stronger, being able to hold my own more is gonna be important.
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Magic officials hope Isaac, the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will remain injury-free over the season’s final week and a half and will be able to play in all eight of the team’s remaining games. “I feel good and I’m ready to play,” Isaac said after the Magic completed their gameday shootaround. I’m very excited. Obviously, I love playing with my teammates. I hate just watching from the sideline.”
Because he’s missed so much time, the final eight games are important for him. “Honestly, it’s just about game-to-game experience,” coach Frank Vogel said. “There’s not one thing I want to see him improve on. I want to see him continue to play within himself offensively while staying aggressive. And then defensively, keep doing what he’s doing with his instincts. Every time he’s out there, he’s guarding a different action. He’s got to figure out how to negotiate certain screens or a cross-screen or a guy’s individual moves. He’s just got to grow in all those areas.”
That sequence, like many others during Isaac’s 33 total minutes of playing time Friday and Saturday, demonstrated how valuable the rookie forward already is to Orlando’s defense. On Friday, in Isaac’s first NBA game since he aggravated an ankle injury on Dec. 26, the Magic held the Detroit Pistons to 43.5 percent shooting. On Saturday, the Magic limited the Grizzlies to 40.9 percent shooting. “It’s, to me, directly tied to him being on the floor,” coach Frank Vogel said after the win over Memphis. “There was about eight or nine plays tonight where he was directly responsible for just forcing a miss. He didn’t get the blocked shot or anything like that, but he was just in the vicinity and he’s so long he just changes things. He changes shots for us, and he changes us as a basketball team on the defensive end.”
Many questions about Isaac remain: Will he stay healthy? Can he add more productive muscle to his slender 6-foot-10, 222-pound frame? And how much will his admittedly raw skill set on offense improve? “I’m honestly not real comfortable yet in terms of offense and things like that,” Isaac said. “I’m still learning spacing and all these other things. But I’m comfortable defensively. I have my defensive instincts and I just play.”
Even though Isaac is still knocking off rust from his long injury layoff, his performances Friday and Saturday on defense impressed everyone. “It’s really difficult to score over him if he stays in front of you,” swingman Evan Fournier said. “He’s just so long and he has a quick reaction time. So it makes it really difficult to just get a shot off. And if you do, you really have to find another angle. In only two games, he’s doing a terrific job of being in passing lanes, just blocking shots and just being there.”
Jonathan Isaac’s return to game action is imminent. Coach Frank Vogel said Isaac will practice with the Magic’s G-League affiliate in Lakeland on Thursday and then play for Lakeland when it hosts the Maine Red Claws on Friday night at the RP Funding Center. “I feel good,” Isaac said after Orlando’s practice Wednesday afternoon. “I definitely understand why they want me to spend some time there [with Lakeland]. I’m just focused on getting back up here [with Orlando] as fast as possible and getting back around these guys.”
Jonathan Isaac likely will have a minutes restriction during his stint with Lakeland. “My goal in the games I do play in, if it is more than one or just one, is to win those games,” Isaac said. “Like I said before, those guys down there have been working really hard on what they want to do and where they want to get to. And I’m not going down there to steal the show or try to take every shot. I just want to play hard and play great basketball and get a win.”
Jonathan Isaac, 20, severely sprained his ankle on Nov. 11 when he landed on the foot of a player whose shot he had just swatted. He’s played only sparingly since then but is hopeful that he will be back on the floor for the Magic following the break for the NBA All-Star Game. Until then, Isaac said he’s completely comfortable watching others in his draft class shine because he knows his moments will eventually come. “Everybody’s time is different, and everybody has a different journey to greatness and has a different road,’’ Isaac said. “So, it’s just about being happy for guys when their numbers are called and when their time is now. My time will be later.’’
Isaac, a deeply religious person who often speaks openly about his faith, said the time away from games has been good for his brain and body. Through vigorous work in the weight room with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Bill Burgos, he’s added 11 pounds to bulk up to 222 pounds. And rather than allow the time away to bother him mentally, Isaac said it’s been a good refresher that stoked his hunger for basketball. “I feel like it’s been a blessing being out and being able to slow down,’’ said Isaac, who recently gave a sermon about his faith at a local Orlando church. “Being a rookie, you take so much onto you when you’re playing so much, and you are trying to handle life outside of basketball. But being able to slow down and really focus on my life outside of basketball and my body … has been great.’’
When Orlando Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac makes his long-awaited return, he might play first for the Magic’s G-League affiliate in Lakeland. Isaac hasn’t played since Dec. 26 because his right ankle never fully healed from a sprain he suffered Nov. 11. “It’s going to be predicated on the practices that we have coming out of the break, how he looks, how he feels, how his conditioning is,” coach Frank Vogel said. “There’s a possibility that he plays in the G-League for a couple of games to help get his games under him.”