The Rise of MOOOOOOO BAMBA???
Mo Bamba has had a unique one of a kind journey to the NBA, while it was his play at Texas that got him to the league. Childhood friend Khadimou Rassoul Cheikh Fall known by his stage name as Sheck Wes released "Mo Bamba".
Unfortunately his rookie season was underwhelming only averaging six points. He missed the last 30 games of the season due to an injury. In the 47 games he did play, he only scored double digits in 7 and his high was 15. Entering his sophmore campaign people once again had high hopes only for him to see a decrease in minutes and points. Entering his third season it was once again injury riddled but in the games he did play he saw a career high points per game. Despite that it was still just 8 points and he only appeared in 46 games. Entering his fourth season, it would ultimately becomes his make or break season. Playing more minutes than he ever has in his career, he produced career numbers as one would reasonbly expect.
This was the first season where the 24 year old showed big promise over a stretch, with a plethora of double double games. Entering free agency and the Magic having Wendell Carter Jr locked up long term, it would not make sense for the Magic to bring Mo back.
Notable market trends occur when a player switches teams, which is exactly what we see here. His market is up over 33% the last six months which is impressive considering the market trends of other unproven rookies from 2017 to 2021.
Bamba's best two RPA's are noticable up, most notably his immaculate true RPA /99 is up 148% over the last 3 months. While his Prizm silvers and base are down annualy, it should be noted just about every player is outside of Joordan Poole. Regardless what you think of Mo, his cards are trending upward despite having an extremely underwhelming career on the court. As free agency approaches, depending where he signs could increase or decrease his market.