Wagner Brothers Propel Magic Toward Playoffs



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Wagner Brothers Propel Magic Toward Playoffs
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In the heart of Central Florida, two brothers from Berlin are quietly orchestrating the Orlando Magic's transformation into a formidable NBA contender. Moritz (Mo) Wagner, the Magic’s versatile reserve center, and his younger sibling Franz Wagner, a promising 6-foot-9 swingman, are more than just family – they are pivotal figures in the Magic's resurgence.

Mo, who recently inked a two-year, $16 million deal with Orlando, brings a blend of experience and energy to the team. At 26, he's not just a key player but also a tenant, renting a space from none other than his brother Franz.

The younger Wagner, just 22, is already showing signs of an All-Star trajectory, contributing significantly with an average of 18.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. His playing style is a unique mix of agility and power, making him a nightmare for opponents on both ends of the floor.

Mo's Career Breakthrough

Meanwhile, Mo is enjoying a career-high season, averaging 11.6 points in 19.3 minutes off the bench. His robust playstyle and ability to stretch the floor have become integral to the Magic's strategies.

The Wagner brothers, with their distinct yet complementary skills, are critical cogs in the Magic's machinery, contributing to the team's impressive 9-5 start this season, a stark contrast to last season's underwhelming performance.

Their journey from Berlin to the heart of the NBA is a story of resilience and adaptability. After years of separation, with Mo setting his foot in the NBA first and Franz following suit, the brothers are now united in Orlando, bringing a slice of their childhood competitiveness to the professional stage.

Their synergy on the court is palpable, an extension of the countless one-on-one battles they had growing up. Off the court, the Wagner brothers embody a unique dynamic. While Mo is the more vocal and exuberant of the two, Franz's calm and calculated approach to the game and life is equally impactful.

Their relationship goes beyond basketball, with both understanding and respecting the boundaries and benefits of their close proximity. Under the guidance of head coach Jamahl Mosley, the Magic is carving a niche for themselves in the Eastern Conference.

Their early-season performances have been a blend of youthful exuberance and strategic mastery, with the Wagner brothers playing a central role in this exciting chapter of the franchise. As the 2023-24 season unfolds, the Wagner siblings continue to fuel the Magic's ambitions, combining their individual talents and shared chemistry to push Orlando closer to the pinnacle of NBA success. With the Wagner brothers at the helm, the Magic's future looks not just promising but exhilarating.

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