The Milwaukee Bucks, fresh off of a postseason loss, are looking to retool their roster to make another run at a Championship in 2023. Undoubtedly, one of the goals of general manager Jon Horst will be to add some youth to one of the oldest rosters in the NBA. In a related and recent development, Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba is rumored to be ready to leave the organization and test free agency.
Mo Bamba is ‘likely’ to leave Orlando in free agency, per @JakeLFischer
“The idea of incorporating Smith or Holmgren into Orlando’s rebuild has sparked an expectation among league personnel that Bamba, a restricted free agent this summer, is likely to depart the franchise.” pic.twitter.com/1wWb0cEIXk
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) May 20, 2022
Mo Bamba with the Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Despite being such a high pick, he did not average any more than 16.3 minutes per game in any of his first three seasons. Last season, though, he saw his playing time jump to 25.2 minutes per game. As a result, his production increased as well. In 2021-22, Mo Bamba averaged 10.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.2 assists and 1.7 blocks per game.
How Mo Bamba Would Fit with the Milwaukee Bucks
As mentioned previously, the Milwaukee Bucks have one of the oldest rosters in the NBA. Mo Bamba will be 24 years old next season. Adding him to the front court would help immensely. Towards the end of the season and playoffs, the Bucks were playing Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis at the four and five positions. Indeed, having another big in the rotation would go a long way to improving the front court production.
Mo Bamba would also be an intriguing addition due to his shooting abilities. The Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics for many reasons, one of which was poor three-point shooting. This past season, Mo Bamba shot 38.1% from three. Not only would adding him now improve the team next season, it would also allow him to slide into Brook Lopez’s role when his contract expires.
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