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.