NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Steven Adams

Steven Adams looks to stand tall in this year's NBA Draft (pittsburghsportingnews.com)

Steven Adams looks to stand tall in this year’s NBA Draft (pittsburghsportingnews.com)

He may not be the most heralded big man in the draft, but Steven Adams sure knows how to make his presence known. Adams, the 7-foot freshman out of Pitt, is entering the NBA Draft at a time that some might say is too premature for the young New Zealander. After only one collegiate season during which he averaged 7.2 ppg and 6.3 rpg, though, it seems that Adams may be entering the league at just the right time, as young players with lots of potential are all the rage these days

Combine Measurements

Height w/o Shoes Height w/ Shoes Weight (lbs) Wingspan Standing Reach Body Fat (%) Hand Reach Hand Width
6′ 10.75″ 7′ 0″ 254.5 7′ 4.5″ 9′ 1.5″ 6.65 9.5″ 11.5″

Combine Results

Standing
Leap
Maximum
Leap
Bench Press
(185 lbs)
Three-quarter
Court Time
Lane Agility
Time
28.5″ 33″ 16 reps 3.4 sec 11.85 sec

Strengths

First and foremost, Adams is a rim protector. In his only season at Pitt, the Big Man from Down Under (kind of) averaged 2.0 blocks per game in only 24 minutes per contest last season. Another impressive statistic was that Adams only averaged 1.6 personal fouls per game, showing that he already has good control over his large frame and can recognize when to act and react on the floor. Adams also shot an outstanding 57% from the field last season (175 FGA), and had his best game of the year against Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where he recorded 13 pts, 11 reb, and 2 blk.

Weaknesses

Like so many athletic men before him, Adams has yet to master the art of the free throw. Adams shot a measly 44% from the charity stripe, which probably was a major reason that he only saw 30 minutes in a game once during the regular season. Also, Adams seemed to be lost on the court sometimes last season; whether it was adjusting to the college game, or simply a mental lapse here and there, Adams could use more time developing his on-court awareness.

Final Analysis

Adams has some traits that suggest that he could excel at the next level, if put in the right system. He’ll clearly need to spend some time honing his free throws if he hopes to see extended playing time anywhere in his future, but his defensive awareness and strength (16 reps on bench press, most by all centers at the combine) show that he could make an impact somewhere down the road.

Projection

Mid-first to early second round

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