Posted: Thursday June 24, 2010 12:39PM ; Updated: Thursday June 24, 2010 7:05PM
Ian Thomsen
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2010 NBA Mock Draft: Version 4.0 (cont.)
11 SF Gordon Hayward Butler Soph. 6-9 207
They need to replace Peja Stojakovic sooner than later and Hayward will contribute as a rookie.
12 SF Paul George Fresno State Soph. 6-8 210
A scoring wing who provides some insurance against the potential departure of free agent Rudy Gay.
13 PF Patrick Patterson Kentucky Jr. 6-9 235
To prepare for Chris Bosh's departure, the Raptors need to invest in big men, and this draft is deep in size. Patterson has soft hands and an innate ability to finish with his back to the basket.
14 C Cole Aldrich Kansas Jr. 6-11 245
He's the insurance policy who will be a solid backup should Yao Ming 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 SG Xavier Henry Kansas Fr. 6-6 220
Henry may not be able to create his own shot, but Brandon Jennings will do that for him. Henry has range out to the three-point line, and he can pass as well as defend.
16 PF Larry Sanders VCU Jr. 6-11 235
Sanders is raw, but he is long and explosive with the promise of a back-to-the-basket game.
17 SF Damion James Texas Sr. 6-7 225
Bulls will be picking on behalf of Washington. This tweener forward from a major program will help fill out the Wizards frontcourt.
18 PG/SG Eric Bledsoe Kentucky Fr. 6-1 190
He could be the choice regardless of whether Thunder trade this pick to Indiana. Bledsoe is a combo guard with point-guard potential.
19 SG Jordan Crawford Xavier Soph. 6-4 195
He carried Xavier as a slasher and streaky shooter, and he could get minutes if Tony Allen doesn't return to Boston.
20 PF Craig Brackins Iowa State Jr. 6-10 230
He spaces the floor with a face-up jump shot, a skill-set the Spurs love in their big men.

 
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