gave Orlando Magic The San Antonio Spurs had a pair of lineup shakeups for Thursday’s preseason matchup.

Second-year forward Franz Wagner Was available against Spurs while Terence Ross Moved into the starting lineup.

The moves helped, with the central rotation keeping the game fairly close before a deep bench unit put the game away on a 20-8 run to secure a 102-99 win.

Wagner, who was named to the 2021-22 All-Rookie First Team and ended up Fourth in Rookie of the Year voting (two third-place votes) which was awarded to Toronto Raptors forward Scotty Barnes, sat out. The Magic’s preseason opening loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

He started supporting. Wendell Carter Jr And Paolo Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draftFirst time in the front court.

Carter finished with a team-high 20 points (8-13) and 10 rebounds to go along with a double-double with 3 assists and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Wagner recorded 12 points (4-8) and 3 assists while Banchero had 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

“You have guys who can guard multiple positions, but you have three young guys who can make very good decisions,” coach Jamal Mosley said after Thursday’s shootaround. “They’re all ball movers. They understand where people are on the floor and they’re passers. It’s a great combination for us to put on the floor.

Wagner, Banchero and Carter have the potential to be the Magic’s long-term starting frontcourt.

“The sky’s the limit,” Carter said of the trio. “Franz is a player who plays the right way. He plays to win. Franz is really easy to play with. It’s P’s first year, so he’ll go through things that all rookies go through. But at the same time he is an exceptional player and he also plays to win.

Ross started instead. Cole Anthonywhich was available alongside the bench. Jaylen Suggs In the backcourt Mo Bamba Was available off the bench after starting against Memphis due to Wagner’s absence.

“Terence has been fantastic,” Mosley said. “For these young guys, he’s been a real supporter. He opens up the floor because teams have to respect and honor him. His voice has been very good. His actions have followed his voice.”

Mo Wagner led the bench with 10 points (4-7) while RJ Hampton had 8 points (4-7), 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Markelle Fultz (left big toe broken) Gary Harris (left knee rehabilitation) Jonathan Isaac (left knee rehab), and Admiral Schofield (left knee strain) have been left behind.

The Magic is overseeing Franz Wagner’s preseason workload after a month-long summer run with the German men’s national basketball team, which includes friendlies, 2023 FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers and the Euro Included were Basket 2022 — a tournament Germany won the bronze medal against Poland on Sept. 18 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.

Franz Wagner averaged 15.2 points, 4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26.6 minutes (nine games) in EuroBasket.

Orlando plays the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday to wrap up the back-to-back.

“We’re going to make sure he’s doing the right thing,” Mosley told the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s going to happen [about] How his body responds to that first game more than anything else.

The Magic conclude their preseason slate with home games against the Grizzlies (October 11) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (October 14).

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