Franz Wagner grew up with an elder brother, Moritz Wagner, and both play on the same NBA team, the Orlando Magic.
He has followed in his elder brother’s footsteps from a young age, joining the same university, starting his professional career with the same club, and eventually joining the same team.
Prior to this, the two Wagner brothers never played on the same team. They would face each other on the court in the park but never on the same team.
The eldest sibling, Mo, stated that he would dominate Franz when he was younger and even bullied him plenty of times.
As mentioned earlier, Franz enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2019, played two seasons for the Michigan Wolverines, and averaged 12 points per game in 55 games.
After his sophomore season, he declared for the 2021 NBA draft forgoing his college eligibility.
On July 29, 2021, the Orlando Magic drafted Franz in the first round as the eighth overall pick, and has been playing for them ever since.
Franz Wagner & His Brother Moritz Wagner Play In The Same NBA Team
The Wagner brothers were born to parents Axel Schulz and Beate Wagner in Berlin, Germany.
They have an age gap of four years, as Moritz was born in 1997 while Franz was born in 2001.
Moritz played for Alba Berlin before committing to play collegiate basketball for the Michigan Wolverines (2015-2018).
He played 107 games for the Wolverines, starting in 77 of them, and averaged 10.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft as the 25th overall pick.
Moritz played only one season for the Lakers before he was traded to the Washington Wizards on July 6, 2019.
The Berlin-born featured in 70 games for the Wizards and found himself traded to the Boston Celtics on March 25, 2021.
However, his stint with the Celtics was very short-lived, as the team waived him on April 17, 2021.
On April 27, 2021, Moritz joined the Orlando Magic, where he would later be joined by his younger brother, Franz.
The brothers are thriving on the same team to achieve success together.
Elder Brother Moritz Signs $16 Million Contract With The Orlando Magic
Moritz recently signed a two-year contract worth $16 million with the Orlando Magic on July 1, 2023.
The deal guarantees the whole amount, with an average annual salary of $8 million. It also includes a restriction that the player cannot be traded until December 15, 2023.
Moritz had previously signed a two-year contract worth $3.6 million with the Magic on August 23, 2021.
After putting on an impressive display in the 2022-23 season, the Magic decided to extend his contract.
Wagner played in 57 games, starting in 18 of them, and averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in 19.5 minutes in the 2022-23 season.