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Mo Bamba Takes Talents to the West Coast: Inks One-Year Deal with LA Clippers!

Côte d'Ivoire national team commit Mo Bamba has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers after his short stint with the Philadelphia 76ers. This signing aims to bolster the Clippers' roster with Bamba's exceptional shot-blocking skills and ability to stretch the floor from long range.

Published on

July 2, 2024

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July 2, 2024

Ayo Biyibi

Ayo Biyibi

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Mo Bamba Takes Talents to the West Coast: Inks One-Year Deal with LA Clippers!

Mo Bamba Takes Talents to the West Coast: Inks One-Year Deal with LA Clippers!

Mo Bamba Accepting Côte d'Ivoire Passport During Ceremony

Mo Bamba, celebrated for his commitment to the Côte d'Ivoire national team, has signed a short-term deal with the LA Clippers, now based at the Intuit Dome. The former first-round draft pick opted for a one-year veteran minimum contract after his stint with the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic Division.

Selected by the Orlando Magic in 2018, the 26-year-old initially played behind veteran teammate Nikola Vucevic and other centers/forwards. However, injuries and inconsistency hindered his pursuit of a regular starting role.

During his tenure in Orlando, Bamba averaged 7.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks over 266 games, peaking in the 2021-22 season with 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game.

Following a brief stint with the Lakers, where he averaged 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 points, and 0.6 blocks in 9 games, Bamba joined the Philadelphia 76ers, contributing 4.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 57 games. Known for his three-point shooting ability, Bamba saw a notable increase in attempts in 2022, averaging 4 per game, with a career average of 2.3 attempts per game at 36.3%.

Bamba excels as a rim protector compared to Clippers teammates Mason Plumlee and Daniel Theis. He boasts more blocks, greater height than Theis, and superior athleticism to last season's backups. His addition adds a much-need shooting dimension to Coach Tyronn Lue's roster, helping to fill the gap left by Paul George's departure to the Philadelphia 76ers on a $212 million contract.

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