Michigan forward Franz Wagner projected as top-10 pick in latest NBA mock draft
Michigan forward Franz Wagner is projected as a top-10 pick in Chad Ford’s latest mock draft.
Ford released his mock draft 1.2 on Friday, and Wagner is slotted as the No. 9 overall pick. In this scenario, he would go to the Sacramento Kings.
Here’s an excerpt of Ford’s breakdown on Wagner:
“Among this tier of prospects, the advanced stats love Franz Wagner. As a versatile defender that can guard multiple positions, he’s been especially impressive on that end. As an offensive player he fills up the box score, doing a bit of everything, including, as of late, shooting it well from 3.
This may feel a little high for Wagner after we saw him struggle a bit in a very tough game against UCLA in the NCAA tournament.
But the more that NBA teams have dug into this draft class, the more he is starting to rise to the top of that next tier after the top 5 are off the board.”
Wagner had an excellent sophomore campaign for the Wolverines, averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.
Listed at 6-foot-9, Wagner has the size and skillset to be a starting wing player in the modern NBA. He shot 34.3 percent from 3-point range last season and proved himself to be an adequate defender on the perimeter.
The Kings won’t necessarily have the No. 9 overall pick — we’ll know the full draft order after the lottery takes place on Tuesday night.
The 2021 NBA draft is on July 29.