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Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft

Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga
Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Franz Wagner - UCLA v Michigan / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

. Michigan. 7. player. . Wing. Franz Wagner. 41

I have continuously seen the Warriors' seventh overall pick be attached to Baylor's Davion Mitchell and, if I'm a Warriors fan, I would be very displeased with that pick. With Klay Thompson hopefully making his return next season, the Warriors will be in win-now mode and need to pick players that will help immediately. So, with the seventh overall pick, Golden State selects Michigan's Franz Wagner.

Wagner is a talented defender, passer, and ball-handler, and will bring a lot of versatility to whichever team drafts him next week. Despite the fact that he'll still be 19 years old on draft night, he will bring a lot of experience to the table. Not only has he played two full seasons at Michigan, but he also played for Alba Berlin in the Eurocup back in 2018 as a teenager.

With that experience, he's grown into being a very fundamentally sound player on both ends of the floor that does lots of dirty work for his team. He's usually a pass-first player, grabs a good amount of rebounds, and plays good defense on the perimeter, in the pick-and-roll, and in emergency help-defense situations. Despite not being uber-athletic, he's certainly one of the safest choices toward the top of the draft.

Furthermore, there has been a rumor floating around recently that he's gone through another small growth spurt since declaring for the draft, although that is still unconfirmed. Being that he's already 6'9", any extra height could tremendously increase his value.

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