By Ian Thomsen
June 19, 2010
2010 NBA Mock Draft: Version 2.0 (cont.)
21 PG/SG Eric Bledsoe Kentucky Fr. 6-1 190
An explosive combo guard with the potential to be a strong perimeter defender, Bledsoe will be joining a program that is already crowded with young talent. The sink-or-swim environment of Oklahoma City should help bring out his potential.
22 C Hassan Whiteside Marshall Fr. 7-0 235
Is Whiteside the Randy Moss of this draft? He's an outrageous athlete who is sliding because of concerns about his immaturity and focus. But Blazers owner Paul Allen loves athletes, and dealing with Whiteside could be someone else's problem should GM Kevin Pritchard be replaced this summer.
23 PG/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 holds onto 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 or not Joe Johnson returns.
25 SF Paul George Fresno State Soph. 6-8 210
A long-framed athlete with a jump shot, George must learn to limit his turnovers and become more reliable with the ball. But his availability here speaks to the depth of this draft.
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 F 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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