The 2013 NBA draft is over, the players have been selected, and their futures are all unwritten. How did OKC do? Our WTLC team of writers weigh in on each pick.
Our graders today are Alex, Craig, Ramona, Bennett, and myself.
#12: STEVEN ADAMS, center - Pittsburgh
7.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.0 blocks in freshman year
|Craig||I don't love this pick but I also don't hate it. Kendrick Perkins is a giant weakness on this team and Adams looks to be an upgrade at the center position. At that point in the draft the he was the best player that fit a need for the Thunder. The only other player I would have considered would have been Gorgui Dieng from Louisville who went nine picks later.|
|Ramona||I love it when players who want to come here, get to come here. Adams looks like a great fit, personality-wise and ability-wise. He’s just what we need.|
Adams is a big man with a great load of potential, but a lot of General Managers were not ready to take a gamble on him, knowing he only averaged around the seven point mark last season at Pittsburgh. Personally, I know if he works hard in the D-League (predicted where he'll play most of the season) this season, he can be great and be a 10-15 point-per-game guy.
Defensively, Adams is a monster. He averaged two blocks-per-game last season at Pittsburgh, and that's the main reason the Thunder drafted him.
The one stat that pops out at anyone looking at it is not something anyone should be looking forward to, and that is Adams' free-throw percentage. Adams shot 44.1% from the line last season, and that's scary. When it comes down to clutch situations, that's not who I personally want at the line. That's the reason Adams gets a B- from me.
|Bennett||It's not a terrible pick given a need for some depth at the 5, but given the assets that Presti had to work with I was hoping they'd get something done to move up and take Victor Oladipo. Drafting a big can be a risk as we've seen with Mullens and Aldrich (not to mention fan favorite Robert Swift), but I'm a little more optimistic with Adams if he's given time to develop. Let's hope Perkins can pick up his game enough to let this happen, either that or start a petition to have Presti go after Gortot.|
||Adams was the expected choice at this spot, as we had predicted here at WTLC. Even so, it feels like a let-down because we know that the Thunder were aggressively trying to jump into the top 5 in order to grab one of the marquis names, such as Victor Oladipo or Alex Len. Adams will get socked away in Tulsa for a year, but let's hope that he matures into a younger and more athletic version of Nick Collison.|
#26: ANDRE ROBERSON, Forward - Colorado
10.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG in junior season
#32: ALEX ABRINES, Shooting Guard - Spain
5.1 PPG, 0.3 AST last year in Euroleague
#40: GRANT JARRETT, Forward - Arizona
5.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG in freshman year