On Tuesday, Washington Wizards center Moritz Wagner spoke to the media after practice at the MedStar Wizards Performance Center in Congress Heights. One of the first questions he was asked was whether he could score against any NBA center.
As you might expect, he answered yes. After all, he scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and grabbed 4 rebounds in the Wizards’ 115-99 win against the Detroit Pistons on Monday. He also played a good part giving Detroit center Andre Drummond a tough game.
Moe Wagner if he believes he can score against any opposing big man: “If I say no, I sound soft. So, yes.” pic.twitter.com/RQP8kQJlAr— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) November 5, 2019
The initial answer caused some buzz in social media because of his initial statement, but there’s a lot more to it. Here is what he said after the “money quote.”
“It’s not a matter of if I score individually, but it’s a matter of playing the right way against any lineup. IF you play hard, set good screens, run your offense with pace, you’ll put yourself to in position to be able to score every play. That’s more important than the pure sheer individual ability to score against the one on one matchup.”
Wagner is averaging 11.7 points per game this season, surpassing what some of us expected out of him in the preseason. We’ll see if he can continue his strong start against the Indiana Pacers later tonight at 7 p.m. ET.