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ESPN NBA mock draft: Warriors take Wagner with No. 7 pick

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Franz Wagner Michigan Illinois

Are the Warriors seriously considering taking Franz Wagner with the No. 7 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft?

Well, ESPN's Jonathan Givony updated his mock draft Wednesday morning and he has Golden State selecting the Michigan product in that spot.

"He has continued to rise as teams have gotten to know him better on and off the court," Givony writes. "It's difficult to find 6-foot-9 wing players in his mold who can defend all over the floor, have strong shooting indicators and know how to play a role that includes strong passing ability and feel for the game.

"For the Warriors, Wagner represents the best of both worlds in many ways, a 19-year-old with upside to grow into who also looks ready to contribute and help a team win games."

Speaking of Wagner's height:

Givony on Monday had the Warriors going with Jonathan Kuminga at No. 7, which makes you wonder what new intel he received.

The tweak also is interesting because of what draft analyst Chad Ford said on his podcast Tuesday.

"I was really skeptical that Golden State would select Kuminga if he was there. But I've been corrected in that thinking," Ford said. "I've had people in Golden State tell me that if he's there, there's a very high likelihood that they'll select him."

Wagner averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks as a sophomore for the Wolverines, while shooting 47.7 percent overall and 34.3 percent from deep.

 

It sounds like the German native would love to be rocking a Warriors uniform next season.

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"I think my versatility can help that team a lot," he told the media Monday. "I think being able to defend multiple positions and also shoot the three well is what’s going to help me stay on the floor or get on the court. I think I can read the game well and can play a free game -- that’s what I would call it -- and I think Golden State plays that very much.

"They just kind of move a lot off the ball and pass the ball and move the ball a lot and move their bodies. I think that requires high IQ players and players that play the game with each other and I think I can do that really well.”

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