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Fun Fact Friday: Former FSU Forward Jonathan Isaac is the NBA’s Blocks Leader

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Florida State traditionally hasn’t been known as a basketball factory, but that is slowly starting to change.

Look at the current NBA and you’ll see a number of players who used to play their home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center. One of them is a league leader in a major defensive category.

Now in his third season with the Orlando Magic, former FSU forward Jonathan Isaac is leading the NBA in blocked shots, averaging better than 2.8 per contest. That’s roughly 0.2 blocks per game better than the next closest shot blocker — Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.

When he was selected sixth overall by the Magic in the 2017 NBA Draft, Isaac became the highest former FSU player selected since Dave Cowens in 1970. Isaac would be the first former FSU player ever to lead the NBA in blocks.

Blocking shots isn’t the only area where Isaac has helped his team this season. Isaac is averaging 12.6 points per game, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 45 percent from the field. All would be career-highs. Isaac ranks second on the team in rebounding and leads Orlando in steals.

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