Pittsburgh Panthers' Postseason Success Linked to Center Steven Adams

By Joseph Nardone
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Panthers end up on the wrong side of a lot of bad jokes this time of the year. Mostly due to the fact that they have a pretty hard time making significant runs in the NCAA tournament. It has unfortunately become a trend that has bothered Jamie Dixon coached teams over the years. While they are not completely fair, the jokes do hold their origins from the humor being based off facts.

Although, a Dixon led Panthers squad has never had an “NBA” type star on their team. Sure, they have had a handful of guys that played under Dixon make it to the league and have some success, but none were projected to be that kind of player or have that kind of talent while with the Pittsburgh program. Well, that was until seven-footer Steven Adams enrolled in the school.

Adams came to the team with a lot of hype and even higher expectations. While the big man might hot have lived up to them, especially offensively, he is still a more than solid center. Being that the center position is at such a premium in all levels of basketball, Adams is going to be needed to be a force in the postseason.

He only averages seven points and six boards a game, but the box-score isn’t an accurate way to definitively describe Adams as a player. Obviously his game on the offensive side of the ball needs work, his defensive abilities are leaving guards to ponder whether or not attacking the basket is worth their time. Adams averages a little over two blocks per game and alters far more.

I am not sure how quickly or how much more Adams can develop as the postseason gets underway. But I am positive that whatever postseason success the Pirates have will be directly correlated to the play of the freshman.

Oh, plus from time to time he rocks a mustache. So that is awesome.

Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone and add him to your Google circle things.

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