Posted: Saturday June 19, 2010 10:41PM ; Updated: Saturday June 19, 2010 10:41PM
Ian Thomsen
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2010 NBA Mock Draft: Version 2.0 (cont.)
11 SG Xavier Henry Kansas Fr. 6-6 220
Henry may not be able to create his own shot, but isn't that what Chris Paul is for? The chronic back problems of Peja Stojakovic have left the Hornets desperate for a wing scorer, and Henry has range out to the three-point line to go with the intelligence to pass and defend within the needs of the team.
12 PF Patrick Patterson Kentucky Jr. 6-9 235
Patterson has a lot to learn defensively, but he'll arrive in Memphis with soft hands and an innate ability to finish with his back to the basket. This is the first of the Grizzlies' three first-round picks, and they may seek to package them in order to move up.
13 PF Larry Sanders VCU Jr. 6-11 235
Is this the replacement for Chris Bosh? Sanders is raw, but he is long and explosive with the promise of a back-to-the-basket game that could enable him to complement the three-point range of Andrea Bargnani.
14 C Cole Aldrich Kansas Jr. 6-11 245
He's the insurance policy who will be a solid backup should Yao return to full health. Aldrich will fill his role as a banger in the post who can run the pick-and-roll and block the occasional shot.
15 C Daniel Orton Kentucky Fr. 6-10 255
Another long-term project with huge upside, Orton has the makings of a big-time shot-blocker and rebounder. He doesn't shy away from physical play, and his soft touch gives hope that he'll become a low-post scorer. Over the course of his rookie contract he could emerge as an excellent defensive-minded backup for Andrew Bogut.
16 SF Luke Babbitt Nevada Soph. 6-9 225
Another riser in this draft, Babbitt is a highly active wing whose perimeter scoring will be welcomed by Minnesota. If the Timberwolves hold onto this pick they'll be able to insert Babbitt into their rotation immediately and benefit from his pull-up jumpers in transition and his ability to score and create off the dribble.
17 SG Elliot Williams Memphis Soph. 6-5 180
He's no Ben Gordon, but Williams will begin to fill in the scoring hole left by Gordon's departure to the Pistons a year ago. He can get to the foul line and make open jumpers, which are good skills from a middle-round pick.
18 PG Avery Bradley Texas Fr. 6-2 180
With Dwyane Wade handling the ball most of the time, the Heat need a Derek Fisher-like shooter at point guard. That makes Bradley their man. Driving to the basket isn't his strength, but he has three-point range and will defend, which is another priority for the Heat. He's not a pass-first point guard, but they can live with his limitations.
19 SF Quincy Pondexter Washington Sr. 6-6 215
He needed all four years at Washington to improve his shooting and develop as an aggressive defender. Pondexter is a good athlete who attacks the offensive board, and his college experience will enable him to fit in nicely with the Celtics as they begin their transition from old to young.
20 PF/C Kevin Seraphin Cholet (France) -- 6-10 258
The French big man has had injury problems and he's raw, but he has size, length and strength for a team that is seeking to develop young talent for life after Tim Duncan. They'll hope he reacts positively and conforms to the work ethic intrinsic to the Spurs organization.
 

 
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