It would not appear that Steve Adams should be a top-10 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
Don’t be surprised, however, if the Portland Trail Blazers decided to take him with the 10th pick.
It’s that type of an unpredictable draft and Adams’ stock has grown as teams have taken notice of his physical abilities. The 7-foot, 255-pound center from Pittsburgh has impressive physical abilities and seems to favor playing excellent defenses that could be attractive for a team like the Trail Blazers.
When a final analysis is done of the Trail Blazers’ slide at the end of a 33-49 season, it’s obvious the team lacked a good defensive attack, especially with the inside game. It just wasn’t there.
That’s why they’re looking at Adams who could supply the team with some excellent defense and improve with his offensive game. Adams averaged 23.4 minutes, 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks a game while shooting at 57.1 percent from the floor and 44.3 in free throws. His free throw shooting would obviously have to improve so teams don’t purposely foul him late in the game.
But he still has the NBA size and toughness that teams like. A player like Adams doesn’t come along that often and the Trail Blazers might feel tempted enough to give him a shot.
The Trail Blazers might eventually decide to go with a more offensive-minded center. But when the team examines its poor defensive play late in the season, they may want to take another look at Adams. He has the potential to become a top-notch defensive NBA player.