A rising young player for the Orlando Magic, Jonathan Issac, suffered a torn ACL on Sunday during a game in which the Magic defeated the Sacramento Kings 132-116.
The Orlando power forward appeared to land awkwardly while planting his foot to get by two defenders.
The injury was confirmed to be a torn ACL after an MRI was performed after the game. A significant loss for a young team that’s just starting to build chemistry, Isaac has proven to be a real difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball.
He has shown steady improvement on offense as well this year. In just his third season in the league, the power forward is averaging 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game, all career highs, despite being hampered by injuries all season.
Isaac missed 31 games before the season was shut down temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The injury that he was dealing with earlier was related to the same knee that he injured on Sunday.
Considering the seriousness of the ACL injury, there’s a good chance that the 22-year-old forward could also miss a majority of the 2020-2021 season, which is set to kick off in December.