Franz Wagner

Franz Wagner

22-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Twenty-one-year-old Franz Wagner is heading into his third NBA season after showing solid progression through his first two years in the league. The German forward averaged an impressive 18.6 points on efficient 48.5 percent shooting. He started in all 80 appearances and put up several big performances throughout the season, including a 31-point output on 13-of-22 shooting early on against the Kings. He also poured in a season-high 34 points on lights-out 12-of-15 shooting in December against Toronto. Wagner topped 30 points three times and accumulated two double-doubles with a season-high 10 rebounds both times. Wagner has a great opportunity to continue his growth alongside an up-and-coming young core, including two first-overall picks, Markelle Fultz and Paolo Banchero. Wagner has a critical and well-carved-out role as a three-point shooter and slasher, and he is surrounded by good distributors to help him find his shot. He averaged 14.0 field-goal attempts per game last season and should be entitled to the same, if not a couple more, as an established offensive leader for the Magic. Another area Wagner can continue to grow his game is at the foul line, as he averaged 4.0 attempts per game last season, and his progressing maturity should result in some added strength and cunning heading into year three. Read Past Outlooks
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$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. Magic exercised $7.01 million team option for 2024-25 in October of 2023.
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.

Balanced showcase in 25-point game
FOrlando Magic
April 14, 2024
Wagner notched 25 points (10-21 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and three steals across 33 minutes during Sunday's 113-88 win over the Bucks.
ANALYSIS
Wagner helped Orlando to a win in the regular-season finale Sunday by ending as one of two Magic players with 25 or more points to go along with a team-leading trio of threes and a handful of rebounds in a balanced outing. Wagner surpassed the 25-point mark in 16 games this season, rounding out the regular season by scoring 20 or more points in five of his final six outings.
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How does Franz Wagner compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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  • Block %
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True Shooting %
57.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
52.5%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
30.5%
 
Free Throw Rate
29.1%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.6%
 
Defensive Rebound %
15.7%
 
Total Rebound %
9.6%
 
Assist %
18.8%
 
Steal %
1.5%
 
Block %
1.1%
 
Turnover %
8.3%
 
Usage %
25.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
34.1
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.1
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Self-creation still in progress
FOrlando Magic
December 3, 2023
Wagner is shooting 32.1 percent on his dribble jumpers this season, per NBA.com.
ANALYSIS
Wagner is shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc overall through Orlando's first 20 games, which marks a sizable dip from the 36.1 percent clip he posted last season. His regression can partially be attributed to his struggles off the dribble, and overcoming those struggles is a key step in his continued ascension as a franchise centerpiece for the Magic. In total, Wagner's 46.6 percent shooting on a career-high 16.4 shots per game still marks solid efficiency at great volume.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
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.
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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Scores 24 points vs. 76ers
FOrlando Magic
April 13, 2024
Wagner posted 24 points (9-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal over 35 minutes during Friday's 125-113 loss to Philadelphia.
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Good to go against Philadelphia
FOrlando Magic
April 12, 2024
Wagner is available and in the starting lineup for Friday's game versus the 76ers.
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Questionable for Friday's game
FOrlando Magic
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April 11, 2024
Wagner (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against the 76ers.
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Won't play against Milwaukee
FOrlando Magic
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April 10, 2024
Wagner (ankle) is out for Wednesday's game versus the Bucks.
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Questionable for Wednesday
FOrlando Magic
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April 10, 2024
Wagner (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.
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