Guess the Magic have to bring back Moe Wagner now.
With the eighth pick in the 2021 NBA Draft the Magic selected Moe’s younger brother Franz Wagner.
The 6-9 forward averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists at Michigan last season. He shot 47.7 percent from the field during his sophomore season, including 34.3 percent on 3.6 three-point attempts per game.
With his length and defensive versatility, Wagner fits the mold for Jeff Weltman and John Hammond, who elected to take Wagner over James Bouknight and Moses Moody.
The Magic select Franz Wagner with the No. 8 pick in the draft @brhoops pic.twitter.com/oqYlkjRrBe— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 30, 2021
Our Aaron Goldstone broke down some film in his draft profile on Wagner.
-As a wing player, uses his size/length to create advantages at the collegiate-level
-Comfortable making plays off the dribble: initiating pick-and-roll offense, using a pump-fake into a midrange jump-shot, dribble-drive and dish to the open man, etc.
-Nice touch with his range shot (tons of arc), a little slow getting into his jumper; uses his lower-half really well to get squared/balanced
-Long-strider: covers so much ground driving to the basket, cutting off the ball, and/or in transition
-Looks very long on film; plays with guard skills, a kid that has just kept growing
-Elite team defender, has to be in the conversation for highest defensive awareness/defensive IQ in this class
-Disruptive getting into passing lanes, creates deflections
-Glue guy that can impact the game in so many ways: on the boards, moving the basketball, shooting, on and off the ball defensively
-Had no problem getting to the rim/into the paint from the perimeter (off the dribble) at Michigan, does he have enough athleticism and speed to create those same advantages in the NBA?
Wagner was selected with the pick the Magic received from the Chicago Bulls as part of the Nikola Vucevic trade. Wagner, along with No. 5 overall pick Jalen Suggs, joins a young core on the rebuilding Magic...
Really hope that the Orlando Magic catered tonight's War Room with Filet Mignon. The franchise has CRUSHED it with Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 30, 2021
The 23-year-old Moe Wagner, a free agent, played 11 games for the Magic as a late-season addition in 2021, averaging 11.0 points and 4.9 rebounds.
More to come.