2010 NBA Draft: 7 Sleepers
Every team in the NBA is searching for the next Manu Ginobili (57th pick in '99), Carlos Boozer (34th pick in '02), Rashard Lewis (32nd pick in '98), or Rajon Rondo (21st pick on '06).
Let's take a look at some of the players who have a good chance of falling further than they should in next week's NBA Draft.
Quincy Pondexter—SF, Washington
NBA Comparison—Gerald Wallace, Charlotte Bobcats
Essentials: 19 PPG as a Senior, improved tremendously in his four years at Washington, can knock down threes and excels in mid-range game, athletic and long.
At 6'7'', 220 lbs, he's capable of guarding NBA small forwards and even quick enough to stay with some shooting guards.
James Anderson—SG, Oklahoma St.
NBA Comparison—Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks
Essentials: 22 PPG as a Junior last year, 46 percent FG for college career, lights-out shooter who can be a prolific NBA scorer with some more work.
He has a great wingspan and is the best perimeter player outside of John Wall and Evan Turner in the draft.
Greivis Vasquez—G, Maryland
NBA Comparison—Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings
Essentials: 18 PPG and five boards per contest for his 4-year college career in a tough ACC Conference.
He is a passionate leader who spent time at both point and shooting guard spots. At 6'6", he has great size to run the point in NBA. With significant improvement, he could be a poor man's Rajon Rondo, which ain't half bad.
Jordan Crawford—SG, Xavier
NBA Comparison—Jamal Crawford, Atlanta Hawks
Essentials: Clutch shooter who steps up in big games (29 PPG in three NCAA Tournament games last season).
He has an excellent first step and burst to the basket, fearless attitude and won't be intimidated at the pro level.
Eric Bledsoe—PG, Kentucky
NBA Comparison—Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons
Essentials: Lightning quick burst and explosiveness, tremendous physical condition and power.
He will require time to develop after playing only one season at Kentucky when John Wall ran the point, potential is off the charts which may lead a team to gamble and make him a lottery pick.
Da'Sean Butler—SF, West Virginia
NBA Comparison—Josh Howard, Washington Wizards
Essentials: 17 PPG and six boards per contest in the toughest conference in college basketball (Big East), he would have been a likely lottery pick if not for an ACL tear during the Final Four (a run in which Butler was the Mountaineers' most dominant player).
He was the leader and go-to option on one of the nation's top five teams last season.
Jerome Randle—PG, California
NBA Compasion—Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets
Essentials: Pac-10 Player of the Year, 87 percent free-throw shooter for his career, 18 PPG the past two seasons, extremely quick and intelligent, manages the game well.
He is capable of being a good starting point guard in the NBA.