|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Pittsburgh C Steven Adams||06.14.13 at 3:28 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Height: 7 feet
Weight: 255 pounds
Achievements: Big East All-Rookie team (2013)
Key 2012-13 stats: 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks
What he brings: Adams is an athletic big man who runs the floor well. While he is not a big offensive threat at this point — he only averaged 12.3 points per 40 minutes — his primary value comes as a rebounder and a defender. Adams averaged 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per 40 minutes while showing the quickness to guard screens and defend against the pick and roll.
However, Adams struggles at the free throw line (44 percent) and was not used offensively much as a freshman. He does not have a good shooting stroke and struggles when he steps away from the basket. While he may never develop into a star offensively, he has the potential to be a highly effective defensive player.
Notes: A native of New Zealand, Adams shined at the 2012 Adidas Nations camp, drawing attention as a potential top-five pick. He played at Scots College high school in New Zealand before transferring to Fitchburg’s Notre Dame Prep in November of 2011 in order to be eligible to play at Pittsburgh. Due to his lack of American basketball experience, he is still adjusting to playing at a high level of competition.
Video: Here’s a look at Adams in action from his lone season at Pittsburgh.
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