The Atlanta Hawks Should Inquire About Orlando’s Mo Bamba

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Mo Bamba’s Strengths

Mo Bamba is 7’0 tall 221 pound center. He has an impressive 7’9 wingspan and a 9’6 standing reach. He has quick feet and the lateral movement, to switch the pick and roll comfortably.

Mo Bamba uses his length well to block shots. He blocked a strong 1.4 shots in just over 16 minutes per game. That’s a whopping three blocks per 36 minutes. Bamba also rebounds the ball well, averaging 11 per 36 minutes.

Mo Bamba is also showing promise as a floor spacer. He made 21 threes on 70 attempts. That’s a promising 30 percent, on 1.5 attempts from downtown per game.

Bamba also runs the floor well, and would be a great lob target for Trae Young. He finishes well inside shooting 79 percent from the restricted area.

Mo Bamba’s Weaknesses

On the negative side, Mo Bamba needs to improve his ball movement skills. He had four more turnovers than assist as a rookie. Bamba also has a tendency to foul too often, averaging 4.8 per 36 minutes.

Mo needs to improve on his discipline and increase his awareness. He also must be better from the free throw line, than the 59 percent he shot from the charity stripe last season.

Bamba only played in 46 games last season. His durability was already called into question, prior to him being drafted. The fact that he suffered from a broken leg last season, did not answer those questions in a positive manner.

Getting stronger and adding more muscle weight, will be key to Bama becoming a true force in the paint. That added strength should also help with his durability.