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Isaac Bonga is a professional basketball player from Germany who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and is currently playing for the Toronto Raptors.
Bonga (full name, Isaac Evolue Etue Bofenda Bonga) was born in Neuwied, Germany on November 8, 1999. His parents are originally natives of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Isaac Bonga began his professional basketball career in 2016 playing for the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) side Skyliners Frankfurt. So far, Bonga has played for top basketball teams including Los Angeles Lakers, South Bay Lakers, and the Washington Wizards. He represents the senior German national team and currently plays for the Toronto Raptors in Canada.
Discover Isaac Bonga's bio, family, career, net worth, and other facts.
Isaac Bonga's net worth is approximately $5 million. His major source of income is basketball.
Isaac Bonga receives over $1 million per year playing for the Toronto Raptors.
Isaac Bonga is 6 ft 8 in (203 cm) tall.
Isaac Bonga celebrates his birthday on November 8. The former Washington Wizards player became 22 years old in 2021.
Isaac Bonga was born on November 8, 1999, to a Congolese family. Originally from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bonga was born in Neuwied, Germany. Baudoin Bonga and Ruth Kilua, his parents, are German immigrants who relocated from The Democratic Republic of Congo in the early '90s with plans to move to Canada. After a while, the family decided to stay in Frankfurt (in the central part of the country) before moving to Koblenz. Isaac Bonga has an elder brother Tarsis, who plays as a center forward for VfL Bochum. His younger sibling Joshua also plays basketball. Bonga began playing street soccer at age seven.
Currently, there is no information regarding Isaac Bonga's relationship.
Isaac Bonga is best known as a professional basketball player in the NBA.
Bonga began his basketball career in Post SV Koblenz where he played his first senior basketball match in the 2014-2015 season. At that time, his team was playing Germany's fifth-tier level two Regionalliga. After his team won the championship and a league promotion to the fourth tier, Isaac Bonga played in 24 games for his team in the 2015-2016 Regionalliga, unlike the previous season. He finished the season with an average of 2.8 rebounds, 5.9 points, and two assists per contest. Bonga also played for Eintracht Frankfurt in the NBBL (Germany's top junior division).
In June 2016, Isaac Bonga moved to Basketball Bundesliga side Skyliners Frankfurt where he signed a four-year deal with the club. That same month, he got an invite from the NBA to join the NBA Top 100 Camp which happens in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bonga also attended the Basketball without Borders Camp Europe in 2016 that took place in Helsinki. He was one of the top European prospects at the event in September 2016. Bonga played for 28 seconds on his Bundesliga debut for Skyliners in an 84-55 loss to Brose Bamberg at age 16 on September 23, 2016.
Isaac Bonga became one of the 54 international players to enter the NBA draft in 2018. He signed with agents Thad Foucher and Jason Ranne to enter the NBA draft on May 1, 2017. In the 2018 NBA draft, Bonga was 39th overall as selected by the Philadelphia 76ers on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers. The acquisition of the Bonga by the Lakers became official on July 6, 2018, after an agreement between the Lakers and 76ers was reached for his acquisition.
Isaac Bonga signed a rookie scale contract and was assigned to the Lakers' NBA G League team South Bay Lakers. He joined the G League team in October after his appearance in the preseason contest for the Los Angeles Lakers. In Bonga's South Bay debut match, he scored 27 points and lost to the Stockton Kings. On December 7, 2018, Isaac Bonga played for one minute and seven seconds in his NBA debut against the San Antonio Spurs. However, he was sent back to G League on December 20.
After a fairly good stay at the Lakers, Isaac Bonga was traded to the Washington Wizards on July 5, 2019, in a three-team trade. He played the small forward position for the club for two seasons. In the 2019-2020 season (first year at the Wizards), Bonga averaged 5 points, 1.2 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. In the second year (2020-2021 season), Isaac Bonga managed to have an average of two points, 1.7 rebounds, and six assists per game when he was with the Washington Wizards.
Currently, Bonga plays point guard for the Toronto Raptors. He joined the Raptors as a free agent on August 12, 2021.
Apart from playing basketball at the club level, Isaac Bonga also plays for the German men's national team. He was part of the German under-16 squad that played in the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in 2014 and 2015. Bonga was with the German Under-19 national team to participate in the 13th edition of the FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in 2017 of which Canada emerged as the winner. He got an average of 6.6 points in seven contests leading to a fifth-place finish.
Isaac Bonga was added to the roster of the senior German men's national team for the first time in November 2017. He was part of the German senior team in 2019 and participated in the qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. At age 18, Isaac Bonga made his debut as a German senior national team player against Serbia in the World Cup qualifier on February 23, 2018. This record makes him the youngest German player to play for the senior team in 40 years. Bonga also played for his country Germany, in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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