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A second mock draft has Warriors picking Wagner at No. 7

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We now have two mock drafts with the Warriors picking Franz Wagner No. 7 overall.

First, it was ESPN's Jonathan Givony on Wednesday who moved Wagner up to the Dubs. And then The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor on Thursday morning updated his selections, and slated the Michigan product to Golden State.

"Unselfish playmaker who has great court vision for his size and the ability to deliver accurate passes straight off the dribble," O'Connor writes. "In some systems, he could be a major threat facilitating from the elbow areas, running dribble handoffs with shooters or serve as the ball handler or screener in the pick-and-roll."

Wagner is very advanced on the other end of the floor, which ultimately could be his calling card at the next level.

"Has a computer brain on defense," KOC writes. "Reads plays instantly and disrupts actions by beating opponents to their spots. He will make a significant impact as an off-ball defender throughout his career.

"Reliable on-ball defender who’s stout against players his size, with the lateral quickness to switch screens onto some smaller players."

To get an idea of what Wagner does defensively, I highly recommend watching the first five minutes of this scouting report:

Wagner -- who is the younger brother of NBA big man Moe Wagner -- averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game as a sophomore for the Wolverines, while shooting 47.7 percent overall and 34.3 percent from deep.

 

The German native is confident he would be a seamless fit into Warriors coach Steve Kerr's system.

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"I think my versatility can help that team a lot," Wagner 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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