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2013 NBA Draft: Is Pittsburgh Center Steven Adams Worthy of a Top 10 Selection?

Jerry Lai-USA Today Sports

The 2013 NBA Draft Combine began on Thursday morning and one of the more notable names from the day one drill sessions was Pittsburgh center Steven Adams.

Adams’ path to impressing NBA scouts has been going on for a few years now, but after making the decision to leave Pittsburgh after just one season, his time is now. Adams shot the ball well on Thursday morning and his measurements and numbers continue to bolster a rising stock that may reach an all-time high following the conclusion of this weekend’s combine.

During ESPN‘s telecast of the combine on Friday, the indication was made that Adams is on the rise and could potentially break the top ten on draft night. Heading into the combine, Adams certainly had lottery potential, but he was looking more like a projection in the 12-20 range.

So with that being said — is Adams worthy of being selected within the top ten?

For those who are bent on potential and down-the-line projects, well then, the answer is yes. In hindsight though, there are simply better prospects or selections to choose from within the top ten.

A legitimate 7-footer with an improving offensive game, Adams has size that is simply cannot be taught — and he’s only 19 years old to boot. However, he’s a project player and despite the potential that circles around him, it’s similar to the hype that he had prior to arriving at Pittsburgh. Adams averaged a whooping 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this past season and this was after heading into the collegiate ranks as a projected top ten recruit.

Adams couldcertainly someday be a valuable commodity in an NBA front court, but not right away. Adams has potential, but it’s more fit in that 12-20 range.

 

Learn more about Adams’ prospect profile here.

 

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