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Patrick Baldwin Rumors

Baldwin wound up playing just 11 games and his numbers, which would have been very good for most freshmen, were viewed as underwhelming by some observers: He averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. As one might suspect, Baldwin’s stock for the NBA draft in June has dipped. Once considered a sure-fire top 10 draft pick, Baldwin is now being projected in some mock drafts as a late first-round selection. But that’s now how he’s being regarded by some veteran NBA executives – at least two of them, both with more than two decades of NBA eperience. “I know he had a rough season – he couldn’t catch a break — but we know what he’s capable of doing,’’ said a Western Conference exec. “I still have him going pretty high; I have him at the back end of the lottery (the top 15 picks).’’ An Eastern Conference exec has Baldwin ranked a little bit farther down the draft ladder. “Right now, I got him being taken between 15 and the early 20s,’’ the Eastern Conference exec said. “There’s still plenty of time before the draft, so things could still change.’’