2013 NBA Draft: Making the Case for Obtaining a Second Pick

February 18, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers center Steven Adams (13) dunks the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 51-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


I rarely do this.

I rarely break down that fourth wall that all journalists should keep firmly in place.

I rarely talk in first person, as it’s considered wrong in today’s modern media.

But I can’t be forced to keep quiet on this.

I recently wrote about the possibility of Charlotte being stuck with one (and only one) draft pick for this coming June, in what is turning into a deeper and deeper draft class as each day passes.  Today was another one of those days.

Steven Adams, a 7-foot 250-pound freshman out of Pittsburgh, declared for the 2013 NBA Draft this morning, after one lone season as a Panther.  Some might say that this is too soon for the freshman, as he has much more to learn before leaving for the next level.I say now is the perfect time for Adams, and the perfect time for the Bobcats to act.Adams finished his first (and now only) season at Pitt averaging 7.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, and 2.0 bpg, impressive numbers to say the least.  Even more impressive was that Adams achieved all this while only averaging 23.4 minutes per contest.  If Adams’ numbers were adjusted to per-36 numbers, he instead would have averaged 11.1 ppg, 9.7 ppg, and 3.1 bpg.

Once again, with adjusted numbers, he’s a near double-double with three blocks per game.  As a freshman.

Needless to say, Adams’ numbers on the surface are impressive, yet it’s looking deeper into his statistics where his true value can be assessed, as well as some game film.  While Adams’ numbers still may fail to impress people, it should be noted that his field goal percentage was 57% for the season (100-175).  Also, Adams stayed out of foul trouble, having never fouled out of a game and only averaging 1.6 personal fouls per contest.  The Boy Wonder also can move with the best of them; Adams flies down the court with the finesse of a guard, yet posts up and plays defense as though he were even larger than his frame suggests.

There is but one drawback to Adams’ game, and even his weakness could be turned into one of his strengths.  Adams’s free-throw percentage this season was poor to say the least (44%) but his form is smooth.  Needless to say, he may not be the next Ray Allen at the charity stripe, but someone at the next level could easily turn him from Shaq to Kareem.

With all this in mind, Adams could be an ideal big-man for the Bobcats to target.  Not many got to see him play (which may hurt how much money he makes come June) but his size, athleticism, and potential are hard to come by as players make the jump to the next level.

How the Cats would acquire a second pick this June is beyond me, but if Charlotte can get some sort of draft day trade done, the Bobcats will have to think long and hard before passing on a player like Adams.

Topics: 2013 NBA Draft, Charlotte Bobcats, Pittsburgh Panthers, Steven Adams

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