Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
23-Year-Old CenterC
Washington Wizards
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
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.

Logs seven minutes
CWashington Wizards
August 2, 2020
Wagner had two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one steal in seven minutes during Sunday's 118-110 loss to the Nets.
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Wagner was one of two Wizards who saw just single-digit minutes. Starting center Thomas Bryant was sensational in this one, which resulted in Wagner remaining glued to the bench for the vast majority of the game. Wagner could be in line for a little bit more playing time during Monday's matchup versus the Pacers given that Bryant earned 37 minutes against the Nets. Nevertheless, Wagner is merely a dart throw in most daily fantasy leagues.
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2019

Wagner appeared in 37 games for the Wizards during the 2019-20 season. He set new per-game career highs in points (9.5), rebounds (5.2), assists (1.3), steals (0.6), threes (0.6) and blocks (0.5). He also set new career highs in all three of field-goal percentage (57.5), three-point percentage (34.3) and free-throw percentage (81.7). 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 17 performances with at least 10 points, 12 performances with multiple assists, 17 performances with at least one steal and 11 performances with at least one block. In the 10 games that Wagner saw at least 24 minutes, he averaged 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 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.)
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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 Friday
CWashington Wizards
March 6, 2020
Wagner will come off the bench Friday against the Hawks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Starting Wednesday
CWashington Wizards
March 4, 2020
Wagner will start Wednesday's tilt with Portland, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Sent packing
CWashington Wizards
February 12, 2020
Wagner was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
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Drops 19 points and nine boards
CWashington Wizards
February 9, 2020
Wagner put up 19 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
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CWashington Wizards
February 4, 2020
Wagner (ankle) played 12 minutes off the bench Monday in the Wizards' 125-117 loss to the Warriors, finishing with eight points (4-5 FG) and two rebounds.
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