ESPN predicts Kings pick Wagner No. 9 in 2021 NBA Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Kings again have a top-10 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, while also hoping to finally reach the playoffs next season. Is there a prospect who could propel them when they're on the clock with the No. 9 overall pick?
ESPN's Jonathan Givony predicts the Kings will take Michigan's Franz Wagner, if they keep their top pick.
"Wagner's name has gained traction in Sacramento despite a mysterious pre-draft process that included no NBA combine and few individual workouts," Givony wrote. "His fit with the Kings appears to be strong as the team attempts to surround its talented young backcourt nucleus of De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton with more perimeter options, 3-point threats and versatile defenders at every position."
Givony also included the "Kings are being extremely aggressive in trade talks" regarding the No. 9 pick.
Wagner, 19, is a versatile wing who can contribute on both sides of the ball. The numbers speak for themselves.
The 6-foot-9 teenager averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He also shot 34.3 percent from 3-point range.
Wagner had a 121.5 offensive rating and a 92.3 defensive rating, showing what a big contributor he is to his team on offense and defense.
If Wagner is available at No. 9, he looks to be a strong fit for Sacramento's present and future.