Franz Wagner

Franz Wagner

21-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The eighth overall pick in 2021, Wagner had a successful season with the Magic that earned him All-Rookie First Team honors. He started all 79 appearances and averaged 15.2 points on 47/35/86 shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.7 minutes. He posted some big efforts along the way, most notably his performance against the Bucks on Dec. 28, when the forward posted a career-high 38 points (12-20 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 10-10 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. He posted other highs of 11 rebounds, 10 assists, six steals, five three-point makes and two blocks - demonstrating a well-rounded skillset. He was also effective off the ball as a cutter and corner three-point shooter, hitting 44 percent of his 66 three-point attempts from that area. Wagner should start at forward again this season, though there will be more competition for touches. Markelle Fultz will be back in the fold, and the Magic selected Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick in the 2022 Draft. Banchero is also a forward, and he, like Wagner, is a capable playmaker with the ball in his hands. But the assumption should be that the organization will prioritize Banchero's development and touches over Wagner's. Wagner will still play a significant role in the offense, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect a huge leap out of him in his second year despite the promising rookie campaign. Last year, Wagner ranked 103rd in per-game fantasy production and he should be drafted earlier than that this season, but there are plenty of players with higher upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10.27 million contract with the Magic in August of 2021. Magic exercised $5.51 million team option for 2023-24 in October of 2022. Contract includes $7.01 million team option for 2024-25.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Franz Jacob Wagner was born in August 2001 in Berlin, Germany. He is the son of Beate Wagner and Axel Schulz. Wagner joined Germany's Alba Berlin side in 2018 and won the BBL Best Young Player Award. He committed to play for the University of Michigan, where his older brother, Moritz, played. The forward averaged 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 27 games during his 2019-20 NCAA season. He was named to the 2020 Big Ten All-Freshman team. Wagner improved during his sophomore campaign by averaging 12.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists across 28 games during the 2020-21 NCAA season. He was an integral member of a Wolverines team that advanced into the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. Wagner was named to the 2021 All-Big 10 second team by coaches and All-Big 10 third team by media members. He declared for the 2021 NBA Draft after two seasons at Michigan. Wagner was selected eighth overall by the Orlando Magic.

Another 20-point night
FOrlando Magic
November 26, 2022
Wagner ended with 24 points (7-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 9-10 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 36 minutes during Friday's 107-99 loss to the 76ers.
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Wagner scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half on 4-for-7 from the field, and he also secured three of his four rebounds in the final two quarters of play. The Michigan product continues to produce at a high level in the scoring department, averaging 22.3 points to go along with 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists over his last six matchups.
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Nursing ankle injury
FOrlando Magic
September 14, 2022
Wagner has been playing through an ankle injury for Germany during Eurobasket tournament play, with Germany's coach Gordon Herbert saying Wagner has a "pretty bad sprain," per Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel.
ANALYSIS
Wagner suffered the injury in Germany's victory over Montenegro on Saturday, but he logged 26 minutes in a victory over Greece on Tuesday. Despite playing hobbled, Wagner poured in 19 points and has averaged 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks through six contests with Germany.
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
One of the more unique players in the class, Wagner's length and intangibles are the primary traits that made him a top-10 pick. Wagner averaged a well-rounded 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block as a sophomore at Michigan last season. He's far from a traditional playmaker, but Wagner's passing is well-above-average for his age and size. He also profiles as a potentially elite defender capable of shadowing opposing big men and sticking with guards at the rim. Wagner will have more competition for playing time than fellow-rookie Jalen Suggs - including from his older brother, Moritz - but if the minutes are there, he could be one of the most well-rounded rookies in the class. Still, Wagner is probably a year away from warranting draft consideration in standard formats.
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Puts up 20 points in loss
FOrlando Magic
November 22, 2022
Wagner had 20 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-10 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal over 31 minutes during Monday's 123-102 loss to the Pacers.
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Game-high 29 points in loss
FOrlando Magic
November 20, 2022
Wagner provided 29 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal across 31 minutes during Saturday's 114-113 loss to the Pacers.
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Dishes out eight dimes
FOrlando Magic
November 19, 2022
Wagner chipped in 20 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 8-9 FT), three rebounds, eight assists and one steal over 33 minutes during Friday's 108-107 win over Chicago.
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Scores team-high 23 points
FOrlando Magic
November 15, 2022
Wagner posted 23 points (9-17 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and three assists over 34 minutes during Monday's 112-105 loss to the Hornets.
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Goes for 17 points in win
FOrlando Magic
November 12, 2022
Wagner logged 17 points (7-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 31 minutes during Friday's 114-97 victory over the Suns.
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