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Franz Wagner Emerges as Leading Rookie of the Year Candidate

ORLANDO - Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, after his team played the Orlando Magic two straight times at Amway Center, called Franz Wagner’s career-best 38-point performance one of the best games he’s seen from an NBA rookie, particularly over the last several years.

That’s a heck of a compliment considering Budenholzer, who guided the Bucks to the NBA championship last season, has witnessed his fair share of breakout rookie performances as a coach in this league.

All who have been asked about Wagner these last several weeks have raved about the 20-year-old’s all-around skillset and long-term potential.