A Look At Pittsburgh Panthers Steven Adams' Draft Stock

By Trevor Lowry
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Adams was not the most intriguing player to watch in college basketball this season, but he still decided to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft after only playing one season with the Pittsburgh Panthers. With that said, let’s take a look at Adams’ draft stock.

Many mock drafts out there have Adams going around the No. 10 pick. He seems like he will be a lock for the lottery, which is pretty good for a player that only averaged 7.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game.

I thought Adams definitely could have used some more work in college ball, but apparently he is still good enough to be a top 10 pick in this year’s draft. That is likely because Adams stands at seven-foot. Although he is clearly a talented player, NBA teams seem to dive right after seven-footers every year in the draft.

Although the numbers weren’t the highest in the world this season, Adams did only play 23.4 minutes per game. He still managed to shoot 57.1 percent from the field and swatted two shots per game.

The talent is there for Adams to succeed in the pros. Hopefully, he is not like a lot of big men who aren’t quite ready, but decide to go pro just because their stock is high. Many times in those cases, the player never meets expectations and turns out to be a bust. However, that is not always the case. It is so hard to predict how a player will fair in the NBA and although Adams could have used some more work on his game, hopefully he succeeds at the next level.


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