The Orlando Magic‘s season took a turn for the better with the return of forward Jonathan Isaac. Isaac, who had been out for over a year with a knee injury, made his season debut on January 20th, against the Boston Celtics.
The Magic have struggled this season, currently sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 12-22. However, Isaac’s return to the lineup provides a much-needed boost to the team.
Isaac’s Impact on Defense
Isaac is a defensive powerhouse and has the potential to change the game on that end of the court. He has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in the past and was on track to do so again before his injury.
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Isaac’s length and athleticism make him a formidable rim protector. He averaged 1.4 blocks per game in the 2019-2020 season and is sure to add to that number upon his return. He can also defend multiple positions, making him a valuable asset to the Magic’s defense.
Isaac’s Impact on the Offense
Isaac’s offensive game has also improved over the years. He averaged career-highs in points (11.9) and rebounds (6.8) in the 2019-2020 season. He also showed an improved ability to stretch the floor, shooting 33.4% from beyond the arc.
With Isaac on the floor, the Magic have another scoring option to take some of the pressure off of their star player, Nikola Vucevic. Isaac’s ability to shoot from beyond the arc also opens up the floor for Vucevic and the rest of the team to operate.
Jonathan Isaac’s return to the Orlando Magic is a welcome addition to the team. His defensive prowess and improved offensive game will bring a much-needed boost to the team. The Magic will look to Isaac to help turn their season around and make a push for the playoffs.