Isaac Evolue Etue Bofenda Bonga (born November 8, 1999) is a German professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m), he began his professional career with Skyliners Frankfurt of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). Born in Neuwied, Bonga represents the senior German national team in international competitions. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers (second round, 39th overall) and immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2018 NBA draft. Bonga is the only active NBA player to have a body mass index (BMI) below 20.
Bonga in January 2017
|No. 17 – Washington Wizards|
|Position||Small forward / Point guard|
|Born||November 8, 1999|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|NBA draft||2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|2018–2019||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2018–2019||→South Bay Lakers|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Bonga was born in Neuwied, Germany to parents originally from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. His father emigrated to Germany in the early 1990s with plans to move to Canada, but he instead stayed in the country and began living in Frankfurt and then Koblenz. Bonga's older brother Tarsis plays association football for FSV Zwickau, while his younger brother plays basketball at the youth levels in Koblenz. At age seven, Bonga began playing streetball in Neuwied, and two years later, he joined the local club.
Bonga is a product of Post SV Koblenz, and logged his first minutes in senior basketball during the 2014–15 season, when competing in Germany's fifth-tier level 2. Regionalliga with SG Lützel-Post Koblenz. After winning the championship with the team, and earning a league promotion to the fourth division (Regionalliga), he saw action in 24 games during the 2015–16 Regionalliga season, averaging 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2 assists per contest. He also represented the under 19-squad of Eintracht Frankfurt, in Germany's top-junior division NBBL.
Skyliners Frankfurt (2016–2018)Edit
In June 2016, Bonga signed a four-year deal with Skyliners Frankfurt of the Basketball Bundesliga. He was invited to the NBA Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Virginia, the same month. Bonga was one of the top European prospects to be picked to attend the 2016 Basketball without Borders Camp Europe in Helsinki in September 2016.
Los Angeles Lakers (2018–2019)Edit
On May 1, 2017, Bonga signed with agents Jason Ranne and Thad Foucher to enter the 2018 NBA draft, and entered the 2018 NBA draft as one of 54 international players to enter the draft that year. On June 21, 2018, Bonga was selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers. On July 6, the Lakers officially acquired Bonga in a trade involving the 76ers trading him to the Lakers in exchange for the 2019 second round pick and cash considerations. After the acquisition, he signed a rookie scale contract with the Lakers. He was assigned to their NBA G League team South Bay Lakers on October 22, after having appeared in preseason contests for the Los Angeles Lakers. In his G League debut on November 3, Bonga scored 27 points in a 108–106 loss to the Stockton Kings.
He made his NBA debut on December 7, 2018, playing one minute and seven seconds against the San Antonio Spurs. On December 20, 2018, Bonga was sent back to the G League. Bonga saw the hardwood in 22 games in his NBA rookie season to average 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds. In G League play, he tallied 11.9 points per game in 31 contests as a rookie.
Washington Wizards (2019–present)Edit
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
National team careerEdit
Bonga played at both the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship for the German under-16 national team. In 2017, he participated in the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup with the German under-19 national team, averaging 6.6 points in seven contests en route to a fifth-place finish.
In November 2017, he was named to the senior German men's national team roster for the first time in his career, to take part in the qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Aged 18 and three months, he made his German senior national team debut on February 23, 2018, in a World Cup qualifier against Serbia, becoming the youngest German player to play for the senior team in 40 years.
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