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Steven Adams Picked by Oklahoma City Thunder: Scouting Report and Analysis

Feb 18, 2013: Pittsburgh, PA, USA:  Pittsburgh Panthers center Steven Adams (13) finishes a dunk against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second half at Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Pugliese-USA TODAY Sports
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Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

With the 12th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Steven Adams from University of Pittsburgh.

Here's everything you need to know about Adams: 

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Adams' physical attributes:

At a legit 7'0'' with a massive 7'4.5'', wingspan (second-largest at the combine), Adams' physical profile is built for NBA play. He's also exceptionally athletic and mobile. Adams runs and jumps with the same rhythm as a guard.

At 255 pounds with a strong upper body, Adams is a human missile in the frontcourt.

This is where the hype came from. Adams has tremendous physical tools that he has to learn how to use.

 

Getting to Know Steven Adams

The last few years have been crazy for Adams, and he has taken it all in stride. His father passed away in 2006, he finished secondary school in New Zealand in 2011, moved to the U.S. in 2012 and is now NBA-bound. He's adjusting well to the transition and wants to soak up all the coaching.

 

NBA Player Comparison

Since he's a strong, mobile 7-footer with a chance to develop his jumper, Adams' best-case scenario compares to Brook Lopez.

If he doesn't evolve into a fluid scoring center like Lopez, his basement translates to Cole Aldrich, whose skills aren't advanced or dangerous.

 

Pro Predictions

Although Brook Lopez is Adams' ceiling, it's unfair to expect such production out of him (Lopez averaged 13 points per game as a rookie and, in his fifth season, led all NBA centers in scoring with 19.4 per contest).

On the bright side, Adams is one of the few prospects who can assert himself as a rookie and develop into a major role player.

His mid-range shot has improved during his transition from New Zealand to Pittsburgh, and it's going to get even smoother and more consistent entering his pro career. When he pairs that with a few basic but effective post moves, he'll be on everyone's radar as a rising young star in the league.

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