By Ian Thomsen
June 23, 2010
2010 NBA Mock Draft: Version 3.0 (cont.)
21 C Hassan Whiteside Marshall Fr. 7-0 235
Concern has grown over Whiteside's maturity, but the Thunder can afford to take a risk on his talent in hopes that the leadership of Kevin Durant and their team-minded rotation will bring out the best in the 21-year-old. If so, he could be the second coming of Marcus Camby.
22 SG Elliot Williams Memphis Soph. 6-5 180
He can get to the foul line and make open jumpers while providing depth in the backcourt. Adding assets is part of the plan in Portland. Look for the Blazers to eventually gather a few of their young players in a trade for a star.
23 SG Dominique Jones South Florida Jr. 6-4 205
Jones is on the small side for a two-guard and he must improve his shooting, but he plays with energy and gets to the rim. But what are the chances that Minnesota keeps this pick?
24 SG Jordan Crawford Xavier Soph. 6-4 195
He carried Xavier as a slasher and streaky shooter, and he'll fit in with the athletic Hawks as they give more minutes to up-tempo guard Jeff Teague. His rookie-year role will depend on whether Joe Johnson returns.
25 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 contribute as a rookie.
26 SF Damion James Texas Sr. 6-7 225
James will defend and can play without the ball -- traits that make him appealing to OKC. He can't yet create his own shot, but the ball movement of this unselfish team should generate looks for him.
27 G Mikhail Torrance Alabama Sr. 6-5 210
Torrance has the makings of a big point guard who may back up Devin Harris. Whether he turns into a late-round steal depends on how much he improves his shooting.
28 PF Trevor Booker Clemson Sr. 6-7 240
Booker is undersized, yet he can rebound and play in the open court, which could help him earn minutes in Memphis. He has the makings of a decent jump shot.
29 SG James Anderson Oklahoma St. Jr. 6-6 210
Not especially impressive defensively or athletically, Anderson nonetheless can create his own shot and he's strong in the pick-and-roll. That makes him something of a finished product that will enable him to contribute in Orlando.
30 C Dexter Pittman Texas Sr. 6-10 290
If he can conquer his weight problems, Pitman could turn himself into a useful NBA center. He has a promising low-post game and has shown improvement as a passer.

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