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2013 NBA Draft – #12: Steven Adams
Posted By Susan Bible On June 27, 2013 @ 10:50 pm In Main Page,NBA Draft | No Comments
With the 12th pick in 2013 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder have selected Pittsburgh product, Steven Adams. After much pre-draft speculation, the Thunder has placed a higher value on acquiring a big man over direct attempts to answer the huge void left on their roster by the James Harden trade.
“Oh man, it just feels like a dream, to be honest with you,” Adams said. “I can’t put it into words. It just feels weird. Excited to kind of start working, really. It’s just the beginning. I’m working towards the player I know I can become. You know what I mean?”
Oklahoma City landed a seven-foot center with terrific potential. He needs to time to develop, but the tools are there. Adams, at 255 pounds, rebounds and fights for position, plus he possesses a nice 7’4.5 wingspan. During his one year at Pittsburgh, he averaged 6.3 rebounds, 7.2 points (2.8 in offensive boards) and 2.0 blocks in just 23.4 minutes per game. He logged 57.1% in field goal shooting. In a Per 40 format, he averages a very impressive 10.8 rebounds, 12.3 points and 3.5 blocks.
Adams is an athletic, high-energy player who should help improve the Thunder’s woeful offensive rebounding (ranked 25th in the league). His free-throw shooting is suspect, and he’s raw on the offensive side of the ball. His footwork down low needs help as well.
“I’m going to go straight to [Serge] Ibaka and try to study him first and see how he means around defensively and know ‑‑ all I’m trying to work on right now is rebounding, blocking shots, defense and running the lanes,” Adams said. “All the base sort of stuff. And then I’ll start ‑‑ from there I’ll try to branch off or whatever. Whatever the coaches want.”
Thunder general manager Sam Presti says the Thunder will not amnesty Kendrick Perkins. With this pick, the 19-year-old can learn a great deal from Oklahoma City’s experienced center. Who knows how long it will take for Adams to develop into a solid front line contributor, but the Thunder certainly have a great track record in developing talent.
Oklahoma City fans will love the New Zealander’s engaging personality. Adams said his family (he has 17 siblings) was rooting for him to end up with the Thunder.
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