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Franz Wagner 2021 NBA Draft prospect profile

We break down the scouting report for Franz Wagner and what to expect from the guard at the NBA level.

UCLA v Michigan
Franz Wagner of the Michigan Wolverines dribbles during the second half against the UCLA Bruins in the Elite Eight round game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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The 2021 NBA draft will take place Thursday, July 29 with the Detroit Pistons holding the No. 1 pick. The Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic round out the top five selections.

We take a look at some of the prospects available in this draft, gauge their strengths, weaknesses, NBA comparisons and best landing spot within the player’s projected draft range. Here’s a breakdown for Michigan wing Franz Wagner.

Strengths

Wagner brings a skillset similar to Florida State’s Scottie Barnes, but with far more ability on offense. His game is much more advanced and he has sneaky athleticism to operate from anywhere on the floor. He possesses good defensive upside but his offensive game is what has Wagner in the upper lottery conversation.

Weaknesses

He might not have the speed to chase perimeter players all game and his post defense needs to improve. Wagner’s playmaking ability worked because of Michigan’s supporting cast, but will he have the same effect in a lesser system? Wagner can shoot from the perimeter, but needs to be more efficient to be considered a true three-point threat. Consistency is also an issue. Wagner will have great all-around games but follow them up with poor showings.

Player Comparison

Wagner is another player who can be cast in the Draymond Green mold, but for me he’s closer to Nicolas Batum with his offensive upside. He’s likely never going to the top scoring option, but he can provide great minutes as a two-way starter.

Best Landing Spot

The Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic would love to have a player of Wagner’s caliber in their lineup. He fits the timeline of those teams and can develop into a more consistent presence on both ends of the floor with playing time.