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Mo Bamba has a path to be the starting center for the Magic with Nikola Vucevic out of the picture and with consistent minutes, his fantasy value is on the rise down the stretch.
JARED JOHNSON: Mo Bamba had another solid showing in 17 minutes off the bench on Sunday, recording 11 points, seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, and three swats in a narrow loss to the Lakers. We haven't seen much of Bamba since he entered the league, as he was stuck behind Nikola Vucevic and also spent a lot of time recovering from a stress fracture in his left leg. But he's healthy now and finally logging decent minutes with Vuc no longer in the mix.
Khem Birch has been starting at center for the 15 and 31 Magic since the trade. But the real battle for the starting center spot will be between Bamba and the newly-acquired Wendell Carter, Jr. That said, even if Bamba doesn't wind up as the starting center, it shouldn't be long before he's ahead of Birch in the rotation, considering it was only three years ago that Orlando selected the man from Harlem with the number six overall pick.
If Bamba is able to consistently earn minutes in the mid-20s, he could have some solid fantasy value, as he boasts per-25-minute numbers of 11.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.4 triples, and 2.3 swats per contest. He's currently only rostered in 8% of Yahoo leagues, so give him a look if you need a center with some massive shot blocking upside.