Anonymous NBA Scout: Jonathan Isaac's Scoring, Shooting 'Is Problematic'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 01: Jonathan Isaac #1 of the Orlando Magic dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on January 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Now in his third NBA season, Jonathan Isaac has taken a step forward for the Orlando Magic even though questions about his ceiling remain.  

Per The Athletic's Josh Robbins, one anonymous NBA scout believes one of the biggest problems for Isaac remains his offensive capabilities:

"His scoring and shooting still is problematic. He's not a No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 (option on offense), and that's what they drafted him to be at sixth in the draft. He's another guy who was somewhat over-drafted. He's young and all that, but to me, you've got to have a scoring and shooting component."

Another concern the scout had about Isaac is durability. The 22-year-old only played 27 games as a rookie in 2017-18, though he did take a step forward with 75 appearances last season. 

This season saw the injury bug bite Isaac again, as he had to be stretchered off the court because of a knee injury suffered in the first quarter of Orlando's 122-101 win over the Washington Wizards on Jan. 1. He was ruled out indefinitely with a PCL injury and medial bone contusion. 

Prior to his knee injury, Isaac was averaging a career-high 12 points and 6.9 rebounds per game with a 46.3 shooting percentage. 

Leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, B/R's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Isaac as the No. 4 prospect in large part because of his offensive potential: "Unique with 6'10" size, face-up ball skills and shooting touch, Isaac jumps off the screen and court through offensive versatility."

The Magic selected Isaac sixth overall, likely with the expectation he would develop into a foundation piece. It hasn't happened yet, though his age and progress this season does offer at least a glimmer of hope there is another level he can reach.