By Ian Thomsen
June 23, 2010
2010 NBA Mock Draft: Version 3.0 (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? Peja Stojakovic's chronic back problems 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 Andrea Bargnani's three-point range.
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 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 Paul George Fresno State Soph. 6-8 210
They need scoring wings and George has the potential to fill that need, so this could be a steal if he's still on the board. There has been talk of Minnesota's sending this pick to Memphis in exchange for pick Nos. 25 and 28.
17 SF Luke Babbitt Nevada Soph. 6-9 225
Babbitt is a highly active wing who will share minutes with Luol Deng or become an extra perimeter scorer when the Bulls go small. He doesn't fill a need but would go to Chicago as the best player on the board.
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 PG/SG Eric Bledsoe Kentucky Fr. 6-1 190
He could become the first guard off the bench while providing relief for Rajon Rondo as a long-needed backup. Bledsoe can help Boston now, as well as for its long-term plans for the next era. That is, if the Celtics hold on to this pick.
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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