Michigan Basketball: Moe Wagner goes off for the Washington Wizards

Former Michigan basketball star Moe Wagner did something Friday night that no NBA player has done since Yao Ming in 2002.

When former Michigan basketball standout Moritz Wagner was traded to the Washington Wizards, it didn’t make a lot of headlines.

Yet, last night, in the Wizards win over Minnesota, Wagner did something that hasn’t been done in 17 years and that is score at least 30 points and grab 15 boards off the bench, which Wagner did while also shooting 13-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 from 3-point range.

If you remember watching Wagner when he played for Michigan basketball, you will remember that he was a bit streaky and when he got hot, he was capable of putting together runs like this, but 30 points and missing just two shots off the bench in an NBA game is incredible.

The 6-foot-11 big man was 4-of-4 from 3-point range and if he keeps shooting the ball that well, the Wizards might want to consider starting him. The Lakers might also have some remorse about trading him away so quickly.

For the season, Wagner’s numbers are very impressive. Even though he’s only playing 18.5 minutes per game, he is scoring 12.8 points and shooting better than 62 percent from the field. The former Michigan basketball star is also making 1.1 3-pointers per game and shooting 47 percent from beyond the arc.

Those are some truly stellar numbers. But the 15 rebounds he grabbed in the win over the T-Wolves are just as impressive and may be added to the fact that his plus/minutes was plus 18.

Of course, for Michigan basketball fans, it may not be that surprising, at least the leap he has taken after scoring just 4.8 PPG in 48 games for the Lakers last season.

During his first season with the Wolverines, Wagner scored only 2.9 points per game before his scoring average increased to 12.9 and later to 14.6 points per game as Wagner led the Wolverines to the national title game before declaring to the NBA draft.

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In the grand scope of things, it may not mean much, but it’s great to see another former Michigan basketball star doing great things in the NBA.


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