Mo Bamba found his niche but Orlando Magic still need more

The biggest offseason question for the Orlando Magic after their draft selection was what they would do with restricted free agent Mo Bamba.

Perhaps the biggest question was what the league would do with him.

Bamba’s first four seasons in the league were a mixed bag for sure. He struggled to find his place on a playoff-bound and competitive team with a hard-driving coach in Steve Clifford who demanded immediate results.

Playing for a developing team fit him better. He had a breakout season with many of the pressures and restrictions of a winning team lifted.

Bamba has always been able to fill up a box score. There is a reason he went sixth overall in the draft. And it all still comes out.

He is a gifted 3-point shooter for a player his size, enabling him to pick and pop. His length and timing allowed him to be a dominant shot blocker and rim protector. Orlando was able to use him as a free safety to block shots and patrol the paint.

The Orlando Magic got a lot out of Mo Bamba last year as he found his niche with the team. But there is still a lot more the team needs to see from its young center.

Bamba got a lot of things figured out. But Bamba still has to improve to get himself where he needs to be.

After the season, Bamba found his value. The Magic…

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