The Orlando Magic selected Franz Wagner at No. 8 last summer for a reason.
And for a franchise that has gone through a few drafts over the years, he has assured the front office that they made the right decision in drafting him. He finished his rookie season averaging 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from deep and 86.3 percent from the foul line.
Even though he started more games (79) and played the second-most minutes per game (30.7) than any Magic player, Wagner averaged the fifth-fewest turnovers per contest (1.5). .
Looking at Wagner’s rookie year, it’s hard to find any real weaknesses. It’s no secret that every rookie enters the league with a lot to improve on, but he’s shown the unique ability to be effective in some fashion at almost every position.
A 7-footer who can put the ball on the floor, shows good footwork in transition, makes good decisions on both ends and is close to flirting with 50-40-90 shooting percentage as a rookie, it’s hard to ignore Wagner’s immensity. As the roof continues to develop.
Wagner’s career got off to a rocky start last season, reaching double figures in his first eight games before capping it off with a 28-point performance.
He went just 15 games without reaching double-digit points and had an outstanding December, never scoring under 10 points and averaging 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals.
This list really goes on for Wagner, who if his rookie year is any indication of what’s to come, will be a scary sight for the rest of the league.