ORLANDO – Orlando Magic striker Franz Wagner has been named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the NBA for December 2021.
Wagner is the eighth player in franchise history to be named League Rookie of the Month, alongside Dennis Scott, Shaquille O’Neal (four times), Anfernee Hardaway (two times), Mike Miller (two times), Victor Oladipo (two times ), Elfrid Payton and RJ Hampton.
Wagner (6’10 “, 220, 08/27/01) played and started in 14 games in December with an average of 19.5 ppg., 5.1 rpg., 3.1 apg. And 1.14 stlpg. In 34.0 minpg., While he. 404 (19-47) from three point distance and .889 (56-63) from the free throw line. He led all NBA rookies in the scoring and had the second highest December rookie average in franchise history (O ‘ Neal, 20.6 pages, 1992-93) On December 28, against Milwaukee, Wagner posted a career high of 38 points, the most scored by any rookie in the NBA that season and also the third-most points scored by any rookie in one Game in franchise history, has hit double digits in 19 consecutive games since Nov. 24 – the longest rookie streak in the NBA this season and the second longest rookie streak in franchise history.
Wagner was selected in the first round (eighth in total) of the 2021 NBA draft and played and started in all 38 games of this season with Orlando with an average of 15.9 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 2.7 apg. and 1.05 stlpg. in 32.4 minpg., while he shoots .370 (51-138) from the three-point range and .836 (102-122) from the free-throw line (39th place in the NBA). From January 4th he leads all NBA rookies in scoring, while he also among all rookies in rebounding (8th), assists (6th), FG percentage (6th, .451), three-point FG Percentage (4th), FT. ranks percent (3rd), steals (5th), blocked shots (9th) and minutes played (4th).