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NBA Alum Update: Moe Wagner scores first NBA points

A new weekly segment detailing Wolverine alumni in The Association.

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It’s been a slow rookie season for Moe Wagner, so far.

The first-round pick for the Los Angeles Lakers contused his knee during NBA Summer League action, forcing him to miss the entire preseason.

He started working his way back in mid-October for L.A.’s G-League affiliate in South Bay. After 21 points against the Texas Legends last Thursday, Laker head coach Luke Walton called him up to backup Tyson Chandler at center.

In a 120-96 blowout triumph over the Phoenix Suns Sunday, he made his first dent on a big league stat sheet.

He scored 10 points in 10 fourth-quarter minutes, adding three boards and an assist. Granted, it came in garbage time, and he also committed four fouls in limited time.

Still, it’s a first step for the rookie. His teammates erupted off the bench after he hit his first field goal.

“He learned how to ride a bike!” LeBron James said afterward. “That was that moment. You guys never rode a bike before? Yeah, we were excited. Very excited.”

Whatever that means.

  • Sixth-year guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. is leading the New York Knicks in scoring (22.2 per game) and assists (3.1).

This past week, he averaged 15 points in three games, including a 21-point, eight-assist effort in a 136-134 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

It comes after a strong November, chipped in 14.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.

  • Two reserve gunners poured in 18 points this past week. First, former Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford did so for Phoenix on 13 shots Friday in a loss to the Orlando Magic.

The 18-year vet is slowing down, only adding seven points a game to the rotation.

Meanwhile, Portland Trailblazer Nik Stauskas connected on 5-of-8 of his three-pointers Wednesday — also against the Magic.

He’s hitting 40 percent from deep en route to 7.2 points a contest. More notably, he ruined LeBron James’ Laker debut.

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His future this season, thank goodness, is bright.