Moritz Wagner 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 235 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MID 20’S TO END OF FIRST ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: Moritz Wagner has really improved since last year. Wagner, who is from Germany, has been the Wolverine’s top player throughout the first month of the 2017-18 season. He is a perfect fit for head coach Jim Beilein’s system. The 6’11” power forward shows the ability to play inside and outside. He displays a nice shooting stroke, although his release is slow. This can be improved upon. He is a very good 3-point shooter as this makes him a very tough cover for opposing defenders.
Wagner displays a few solid low-post moves down in the paint. Being an above average athlete, the big-man moves without the ball very well. While evaluating him, he surprised us with his ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. It is rare to find players his size to be able to do this. His first step is very quick for a player his size. Michigan’s offense runs through Wagner the majority of the time. He is a heady player that shows a good feel for the game. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Through the first 12 games of the 2017-18 season, Wagner is averaging 15.6pts, 7.6reb, 1.2stl, and 0.9ast per night. He is shooting 56% from the field and 38% from the 3-pooint line.
Wagner has a ways to go in other aspects of his game besides shooting. He can struggle passing out of double teams. Opposing teams game-plan to stop him so it is imperative he improves in this area. Despite averaging a solid 7.6reb per game, we believe that he can do more. It would benefit him to gain another 10-15 pounds to his frame in order to hold up at the NBA level. We see him ending up as a stretch 4 in the NBA. If this is the case he will need to improve upon his lateral quickness. There are instances where he can have difficulty guarding more athletic players.
The 20-year old has proven to be among the better players in the Big-10 conference. After our evaluation of Moritz Wagner, it is our belief that he will be a solid scorer at the NBA level. He shows a diverse offensive repertoire. The ability to shoot from long range as well as score in the low-post will make him a good rotational player for an NBA team. His defense may hinder him long-term. Wagner has the talent to become a 1st round NBA pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Where he gets selected may come down to how much improvement he makes in other aspects of his game besides scoring.
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