My brother hosts the official Laker podcast and he had the opportunity to interview Moe Wagner yesterday. Tons of conversation about his time at Michigan, Coach Beilein and breaking Nick Ward's ankles. Listen via the link below or search "America's Lakers Podcast" on iTunes
NBA draft is about to kick off. Recent draft scuttlebutt has Mo Wagner possibly going late in the first round, a pretty significant uptick in his prospects compared even to when he declared, let alone this time last year. So stick around for that, and as a bonus you can play at home to figure out how many millions of dollars Miles Bridges cost himself coming back to MSU for his second season.
Moe and Duncan could both get to 1,000 points today, joining MAAR (1176 overall) who reached it earlier this season with his huge free throws against Maryland at home.
Today in his UV post Brian mentioned that Wagner's draft stock is still middling at best. The same topic was discussed during last week's WTKA podcast. While I acknowledge that it is still very early in the season and that I would LOVE for Mo to return next year.....this NBA stuff seems insane.
I intended to make this a Diary with more detail behind it, but I just don't have the time this week. So you get the short version. I looked at four players who I consider to be comparable to Wagner based on their size and skill set. Below in the table you'll see their stats and measurables then their draft position. Someone tell me how Wagner isn't a first round pick when you look at this table. Heck, the infamous "his arms aren't freakishly long like Mo Bamba" argument doesn't even work based on this data!
|Mo Wagner ('17)||6'11"||7'0"||240||15.6||7.6||0.9||44.6||38.3||62.4||27.1||???|
|Lauri Markkanen||7'0"||7'0"||230||15.6||7.2||0.9||49.2||42.3||58.4||25.0||R-1, #7|
|Domantas Sabonis||6'11"||6'10.5"||240||13.5||9.4||1.3||63.2||35.7||63.6||27.4||R-1, #11|
|TJ Leaf||6'10"||6'11"||225||16.3||8.2||2.4||61.7||46.6||65.2||26.6||R-1, #18|
|Dragan Bender||7'1"||7'0"||225||R-1, #4|
- Stats in that table are from college careers, which Bender didn't attend.
- Wagner's stats are just for this year because including his freshman year knocks them down a ton compared to guys who spent less time in college. Yes, this is not entirely fair but I'm using stats to make my point.
- I tried to pull height/weight/arm data from the NBA combine for consistency, but not all of the players attended. So I pieced together some of that.
- Please sanity check my data since I rushed to post this after Brian's UV today.
|Derrick Walton, Jr.||31.8|
Before the basketball season starts, the MGoBoard has posts about minutes per game breakdowns. Four games into the season, I think it's interesting to see how Beilein is allocating the minutes. Fortunately, MGoBlue.com has made this easy for all of us.
I left Ibi off the list. He's at 6.8 mpg. The rest of the roster is at 6.3 mpg cumulative. I think those 13 minutes will get allocated to the 8 players above when we get into Big 10 play. I'd like to see DW2 and Zak stay at 32 MPG. MAAR and DJ at 30 seems reasonable. I think Moe and Donnal will split the 5 minutes equally at 20/20. Moe may flip the above numbers in his favor, but he's not going to get north of 25 MPG due to fouls and occasional defensive hiccups.
So that's 11 more minutes to distribue. I think those go to Duncan and Xavier. What's been really interesting so far is it looks like Zak's minutes are exclusively at the 2 or 3 (probably not much difference between the two.) I say that because there have been lineups with a center, DJ, Duncan, Irvin, and Derrick. Who is the 2 in that lineup, Duncan or Zak? Again, probably doesn't matter. I just love seeing an actual 4 play the 4.