NBA’s most exciting prospects: Where is Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner?
ORLANDO – Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner had one of the most exciting rookie seasons last year in the NBA.
Michigan’s No. 8 pick averaged 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 79 games in his freshman season.
The 20-year-old’s numbers soared to 19.5 points on 0.476/0.404/0.889 shooting splits in December and received the NBA Rookie of the Month award.
His performance last season landed him an “honorable mention” on Bleacher Report’s list of the most exciting young prospects in every position.
Wagner found himself among the league’s most exciting small forwards alongside Jonathan Kuminga (Golden State Warriors), Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs) and Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves).
“Wagner was high on the Rookie of the Year chatter, which was a promising sign even though he never had much of a chance of winning it,” Bleacher Report said. “Assuming Banchero lives up to its billing as a first option plan maker, Orlando’s three-man core should perform well with minimal overlap.”
The former Michigan product will get a chance to play on a world stage in September, fitting in for the German national team, along with teammate Magic and brother Mo, in the FIBA Eurobasket 2022 tournament.
Wagner recorded a 7.6 on the Versatility Index according to Second Spectrum during his rookie season, the index measuring a player’s ability to produce points, rebounds and assists, with the average score being five .
With Paolo Banchero entering the mix for the upcoming season, the Magic have the opportunity to form one of the most exciting frontcourts in the league.