NBA Draft: Who is Moritz Wagner, the Lakers' 25th pick?

Marcus Newton
June 22, 2018

The Lakers gave up their first-round pick this year, which went to the Philadelphia 76ers.

"They obviously are a flashy franchise, they like to play fast", Wagner said.

As is usually the case, undrafted players tend to agree to Summer League contracts with certain teams immediately after the draft. And with the 47th pick, the Lakers tabbed 6-8 shooting guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a Ukrainian native who set a Kansas single-season record with 115 made 3-point field goals.

Stats: He averaged 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots per game and shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range over his last two seasons.

Wagner played in the youth system of German pro team ALBA Berlin before MI coach John Beilein traveled to Europe on a one-day recruiting trip and persuaded him to head for Ann Arbor.

"We're building a culture here, and (Wagner) brings a lot to the table", Walton said.

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"We feel he's going to be a special, special player".

Wagner grew up in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood of Germany's capital religiously watching National Basketball Association games and even American college hoops.

Thanks to some of the moves made in Thursday's draft, Philadelphia put themselves in better position to possibly pull off a trade involving Leonard. Right now, they have 11 players under contract for next season. I just can't stop smiling.

Newman chose to declare for the draft following a terrific string of performances in the NCAA National Tournament in which he put up 24.5 points in four games from the second round until the Final Four round.

"You know, Chris is going to return there".

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