The Memphis Grizzlies may have found their starting two guard of the future in Jordan Adams.
Adams came into the draft labeled as a quality scorer able to get baskets from all over the floor, and man did he put that on display in Orlando during the 2014 NBA Summer League. Adams was able to get buckets both in the lane and in the mid-range, as well as from beyond the arc. Adams showed poise and maturity that few rookies have coming into the league, making him the perfect player to be able to come in and contribute for the Grizzlies right away.
The biggest thing that was noticeable about Adams was his gifted body control in the lane. Adams was able to contort his body to either avoid or draw contact depending on what kind of shot opportunity he had. Adams was able to make the shot or go to the free throw line most of the time, which was a huge boost to the team’s offensive morale, not to mention Adams’.
Adams does have some things to work on like being more aware of his teammates on both ends of the floor. There were times where Adams got lost on offense and tried to do too much himself, which was not often because Adams usually made the right play, but he will have to work on not forcing up a tough shot because the play broke down and he does not know where to go with the ball.
Defensively, Adams was able to get some quality steals on his own, but when having to rotate and play help defense there were a lot of times where it was too easy for the man to get by him on the switch, which will be a problem for him in the NBA because a lot of the starting caliber players in the league are much quicker than the players he dealt with in Summer League.
All in all, Adams had a great showing and proved that he belongs with the Grizzlies come the regular season. He has a few things to work on, but so does every other rookie.
Adams could find himself starting for the Grizzlies at some point this season. The team needs offense bad, and if there is anything Adams can do, it is score the basketball.