|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA SG Jordan Adams||05.22.14 at 9:11 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
Position: Shooting guard
Key 2013-14 stats: 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 54.5 eFG%
Scouting report: Advanced analytics draft models love Adams because he efficiently (28.3 PER, 60.3 TS%, 54.5% eFG%) fills up the box score with points (17.4), rebounds (5.3), steals (2.6) and assists (2.3). Adams just always seems to be around the ball, as he has exceptional instincts and, of course, actual basketball skills.
Adams might not be a star in the pros like he was at UCLA, but he’s a sure bet to at least be a contributing player. He’s a terrific shooter (35.6 3P%), but it’s how he gets his shots that counts most. He is incredible at hugging close to off-ball screens and creating space before he receives the pass, which is likely something he will do at some point in the NBA. But he also has fantastic mechanics when spotting up or off the dribble., which are two necessary attributes for any great shooter.
Adams also brings great man-to-man and team defense. Though his lateral quickness and athleticism won’t wow anyone, he knows how to stay in position and use his long 82-inch wingspan to disturb ball-handlers and get in the way of the passing lanes.
For a player with very few warts, it’s surprising that Adams isn’t a consensus lottery pick, but he lacks the elite upside of many prospects, which certainly stifles his ceiling as a pro. Not every star player in the league has freakish measurables, but it’s difficult for a 6-foot-5 guard with only average speed and athleticism to be any more than a “plus role player.” But there’s nothing wrong with that, because every championship team needs players like that.
How he fits: At the 17th pick, the Celtics may prefer to choose the best player available, and Adams certainly could be the one. With versatile scoring skills and quality defense, Adams filled up the box score at UCLA and could do the same in the NBA.
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