UCLA‘s Jordan Adams isn’t even the most talked about player from his own team. That title goes to either Kyle Anderson or Zach LaVine, but he is an intriguing prospect in the 2014 NBA Draft nonetheless. His versatile scoring ability makes him an option for the Chicago Bulls.
The 6-foot-5, 209-pound shooting guard got his weight down from 220 pounds and showed off his weight loss and improved shooting ability at the NBA Combine. Adams isn’t a burner and played slo-m0 basketball along with Anderson in the Bruins’ backcourt.
Although speed and quickness aren’t his forte, he makes up for it with his size and skill. He is a good shooter who plays well off the ball, making cuts to the basket and drawing fouls. His mid-range game is where he does a lot of his damage. Players such as James Harden and Paul Pierce have showed that you don’t necessarily need quickness and athleticism to be effective.
Expected to be a late first-round pick, Adams averaged 17.4 points on 48.5 percent shooting while shooting 35.6 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore at UCLA. This summer, he has been working on his post game, hoping to add that to his arsenal and use his craftiness against opponents.
If he continues to work on his build and improves his defensive abilities along with his three-point shot, he can be a solid player at the next level. His trimmed down physique should help him to be more consistent in the NBA.
Adams wouldn’t have a problem fitting in with a Bulls team that struggled to score. If he is persistent in improving his build and working on his game, he could end up being one of the gems of an extremely deep draft.