Despite a strong performance by shooting star Franz Wagner, the Orlando Magic lost their NBA opener.
Despite a strong performance by shooting star Franz Wagner, the Orlando Magic lost their NBA opener. In their first game of the season in the North American professional basketball league, the Magic lost to the Detroit Pistons 109-113, with 21-year-old Wagner scoring 20 points a month after winning bronze at the home European Championships. Brother Moritz Wagner was not in the squad due to an ankle injury.
The other four German NBA professionals also got off to an unfortunate start. The Dallas Mavericks with Maximilian Kleber even squandered a 17-point halftime lead against the Phoenix Suns and lost 105-107. Superstar Luka Doncic scored 35 points, and Kleber had two and five rebounds in 26 minutes of play.
Isaiah Hartenstein also suffered an opening defeat with the New York Knicks. Even 16 points from the German center, who like Kleber missed the European Championship at home, were not enough – the Knicks lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 112-115 after overtime.
The Indiana Pacers, a club of national players Daniel Theis, lost to the Washington Wizards 107:114. The German center, however, was not taken into account, as he usually was during the preparation. With the currently injured Dennis Schröder (thumb surgery), the sixth German NBA professional had also suffered a defeat at the start of the league with the Los Angeles Lakers the day before (109:123 against the Golden State Warriors).