The Thunder recently worked out Steven Adams in order to determine whether the former Pitt star would be worth taking at the 2013 NBA Draft. On Sunday, Adams uploaded a video to facebook from Oklahoma which he talked about how impressed he was with the OKC facilities and would "love to be drafted here." Adams followed up yesterday's posts with pictures of the OKC facility from his work out today.
The 7'0" New Zealander played last season for Pitt, but he is widely regarded a project that needs time to develop (as do most big men in the NBA). Given that the Thunder already have Hasheem Thabeet and Daniel Orton at the backup center position, it would be expected that if OKC took Adams with the 12th pick that he would become a long term project. Certainly given how this past year played out with rookies Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III, the Thunder are not shy about sending lottery picks to the D-League to develop.
Here's some facts about Adams:
- The 19 year old is from New Zealand, and was a 5-star recruited rated as the 6th best overall prospect coming into college. He played a year of prep school in the US before committing to Pitt.
- Despite his rating, he only averaged 7.2 points per game, and 6.3 rebounds per game, and averaged around 23 minutes per game.
- His field goal% was an impressive 57%, but his free throw % was 44%.
- Looking at his Mock Draft History, Adams was considered to be a top 6 pick for much of the preseason, until falling out of the lottery due to poor play this season. He's gained some ground since impressing scouts at his combine workouts.
Here is a Combine Interview with Adams, provided by Draft Express.