Laker Film Room: Moritz Wagner is a Madman

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Laker Film Room: Moritz Wagner is a Madman
Laker Film Room: Moritz Wagner is a Madman

The departures of Brook Lopez and Julius Randle, along with the pool of lackluster big men remaining on the free agent market have combined to make Mortiz Wagner an important player for the Lakers sooner than expected. LeBron James — who has been reticent to play power forward at times during his career, much less center — presumably takes Randle’s spot as the team’s small-ball 5. JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac are functional-but flawed replacements for Lopez’s 23.4 minutes per game, leaving an opportunity open to Wagner if he’s capable of seizing it. Wagner has played with infectious energy over the course of five Summer League games, and has begun to answer some of the questions about how he can defend on the NBA-level.

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