Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
23-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After being buried on the depth chart as a rookie for the Lakers, Wagner nearly doubled his playing time with Washington in his second season. Wagner averaged 8.7 points, 4.9 boards, 1.2 dimes and 1.0 combined blocks/steals across 18.6 minutes per contest in 2019-20. He struggled from three (31.3 percent) but shot a respectable 54.5 percent from the floor and 82.1 percent from the fee-throw line. Wagner's minutes, stats and shooting percentages were all career-best numbers for the Michigan product. Despite his still-limited minutes for the Wizards, Wagner proved to be an efficient player, averaging 16.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 dimes and 2.0 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes, and in five starts, he posted 9.8 points and 8.2 boards across 24 minutes (14.7 points and 12.3 boards per 36). Wagner saw extended playing time for Washington due to multi-game absences from both Thomas Bryant and Davis Bertans, and with both seemingly at full health for the upcoming campaign, Wagner will likely shift back to a more bench-centric role. The return of John Wall to the rotation could further cut into Wagner's minutes. Wagner is worth drafting in deep leagues, but he's not a player to target in 12-team formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.83 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2018. Traded to the Wizards in June of 2019. Wizards exercised $2.16 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019. Wizards declined $3.89 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020. Traded to the Celtics in March of 2021.
Personal Bio

Victor Moritz "Moe" Wagner is the son of Beate Wagner and Axel Schulz. He was born in 1997 in Berlin, Germany. Moe has a younger brother, Franz, who -- like Moe -- played college basketball at the University of Michigan. In 2014, Moritz won a gold medal with the German National Team at the European Under-18 Division B Championships. In 2017, Wagner was Germany's leading scorer (16.1 points per game) at the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. At Michigan, Wagner was a Sports Management major. The 6-foot-11 big man's name is pronounced MORE-rhet'z VOG-ner. Fans can follow Wagner on Twitter (@moritz_weasley).

College/International Summary

Wagner averaged a team-best 14.6 points along with 7.1 rebounds while registering double-figure scoring games in all but six appearances during his final season (2017-18) for Michigan. The Berlin, Germany native was named the Big 10 Tournament MVP in 2018, as he led the Wolverines to the tournament title by averaging 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. He posted 17 points while shooting 7-of-11 in the tournament title win over Purdue. The center was named to the 2018 NCAA All-Tournament team after averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds in six contests while leading Michigan to the NCAA title game. He paced the Wolverines with 24 points and 15 rebounds in defeating Loyola (Illinois) in the Final Four victory. Wagner declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and was selected by the Lakers at No. 25 overall.

Terrible in mop-up duty
CBoston Celtics
April 16, 2021
Wagner eked out zero points (0-1 FG), one rebound, one block, three turnovers and two personal fouls across five minutes in Thursday's 121-113 road win over the Lakers.
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Wagner was the worst offender of a Boston bench squad that quickly almost squandered a large lead set by the Celtic starters. In five minutes of terrible play, Wagner recorded a team-worst minus-20 plus/minus ratio. The end-of-bench players performed so poorly, coach Brad Stevens was forced to play his starters with roughly three minutes remaining. Wagner is now clearly behind Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson and fellow new Celtic Luke Kornet on the team's depth chart.
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2019

Wagner appeared in 45 games for the Wizards during the 2019-20 season. He set new per-game career highs in points (8.7), rebounds (4.9), assists (1.2), steals (0.6), threes (0.6) and blocks (0.4). He also set new career highs in all three of field-goal percentage (54.5), three-point percentage (31.3) and free-throw percentage (82.1). Wagner also set new single-game career highs in points (30), rebounds (15), assists (five), threes (four), steals (two) and blocks (three). Wagner had two double-doubles. The first was Nov. 15 against the Timberwolves, where he had 30 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. The second was Nov. 24 against the Kings, where Wagner had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Wagner had two other games with 10-plus rebounds. He had 18 performances with at least 10 points, 15 performances with multiple assists, 22 performances with at least one steal and 12 performances with at least one block. He also appeared in all eight games of the Orlando bubble, averaging 5.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists.

2018

The 25th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft after three seasons at Michigan, Wagner appeared in 43 games (five starts) for the Lakers as a rookie. He saw 10.4 minutes per game and averaged 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds. He also shot 41.5 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line. In his five starts, he averaged 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and totaled a combined eight blocks-plus-steals. Wagner's career highs were set at, respectively, 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two threes and one steal. His best performance was in a 120-107 loss to the Celtics. In that game, he recorded 22 points on 13 shots, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. Wagner saw a significant uptick in workload when it became clear the Lakers were out of playoff contention. That fueled averages of 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18.1 minutes during his final nine appearances. Wagner was part of a successful three-man grouping, also containing Alex Caruso and Jonathan Williams, that was plus-23.9 points per 100 possessions in a 98-minute sample.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2018
    Signed a multi-year, rookie contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; the Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, De'Andre Hunter, Brandon Ingram, cash, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick and a 2024 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Lakers; and the Wizards traded cash to the Pelicans. (9-30 protected, unprotected in 2022) (2023 first-round pick is right to swap with LAL.) (NOP have the option to defer 2024 first-round pick to 2025.)
  • September 25, 2019
    Wizards exercised $2.16 million team option for 2020-21.
  • March 25, 2021
    Traded to the Celtics along with Luke Kornet as part of a three-team trade involving the Bulls and Wizards. Chicago acquired Daniel Theis, Troy Brown and Javonte Green. Washington acquired Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Wagner saw a lot of the bench as a rookie, averaging just 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per contest for the Lakers. He played behind JaVale McGee to start the season and eventually fell behind Ivica Zubac, as the latter put his talents on display for some solid stretches of basketball. Wagner was traded to the Wizards in a salary dump to clear cap space for Anthony Davis, and his value should increase with Washington. Thomas Bryant is entrenched as Washington's starter, but Wagner will compete with Ian Mahinmi to be the top backup at center, and he should garner some minutes at power forward as well. Wagner was a strong scorer, rebounder and three-point shooter while at Michigan, and aside from poor shooting (41.5 field goal percentage, 28.6 three-point percentage) as a rookie, he averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 threes per 36 minutes. Those numbers are solid, but he'll still have to earn his minutes given Bryant's presumed role and the fact that Washington drafted forward Rui Hachimura ninth overall and brought in another floor-stretching big in Davis Bertans.
Voted to the All-Big Ten Second Team as a junior at Michigan last year, Wagner was selected by the Lakers with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft after averaging 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and hitting 1.6 threes per game at 39.4 percent. Though he shot just 28.0 percent from distance during summer league, he was still able to score (12.5 PPG), rebound (8.0 RPG) and play defense at a solid clip (a combined 3.7 steals/blocks per tilt). At 6-foot-11, 245 pounds, Wagner will probably be see time at both power forward and center for the Lakers. It’s unlikely he'll start at center for the team, but considering the only other two centers on the roster are JaVale McGee (less than 10 minutes per game last season) and Ivica Zubac (more G-League minutes than NBA minutes last season), Wagner should be in line for significant run. From a Fantasy perspective, he'll probably be the most valuable in leagues that account for three-pointers made.
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Back to bench
CBoston Celtics
April 2, 2021
Wagner will return to a reserve role in Friday's game against the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Does little in start
CBoston Celtics
March 31, 2021
Wagner finished with just two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds and two assists in Monday's loss to the Mavs.
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Receives first start with Boston
CBoston Celtics
March 31, 2021
Wagner will start Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.
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Gets 10 minutes in debut
CBoston Celtics
March 27, 2021
Wagner made his Celtics debut in Boston's 122-114 win over the Bucks on Friday, finishing with three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and five rebounds in 10 minutes.
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Unlikely to play Friday
CBoston Celtics
Not Injury Related
March 26, 2021
Wagner (recently traded) will be in uniform but is not expected to see the court Friday against the Bucks, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
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