Third in a series of profiles of potential Celtics draft choices.
We’re continuing our Celtics NBA Draft preview with a profile of Pittsburgh center Steven Adams. We’ll preview the best fits for the Celtics up until the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. Boston owns the No. 16 pick in this year’s draft.
Height/weight: 7-feet, 255 pounds
Last played: University of Pittsburgh
2012-13 stats: 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2 blocks in 23 minutes
DraftExpress.com projection: No. 10 pick
Strengths: Size, offensive rebounding, ability to run the floor
Weaknesses: Free throw shooting, offensive repertoire
Skinny: To this point we’ve profiled two point guards. That’s one direction the Celtics might want to go in, but they also need size. The 19-year-old New Zealander is a true 7-footer and a true center, something the Celtics haven’t really used much on their roster in recent years.
Adams worked out for the Celtics a couple of weeks ago and was impressive.
“I thought he was great,” Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga told ESPN Boston. “I think he showed his size and athleticism, which is what most people first see. He competed, and he showed a high basketball IQ. I think through these workouts, he’s shown maybe more skill than people realized he had during his year at Pittsburgh. He was just a lot of fun to work with.”
Former Celtic and current NBA analyst Brian Scalabrine compared Adams to center Omer Asik in terms of athelticism and physicality. Adams has a 33-inch vertical leap. The physical profile is impressive, but Adams has yet to show that dominance on the court. Pittsburgh ran just 11 percent of its offense through Adams. He shot 44 percent from the free-throw line. Most of his scoring came on offensive rebounds.
An athletic big man is a commodity, and Adams is projected to be gone before the Celtics pick. If he slips, look for Boston to pounce.
DraftExpress.com puts together some fantastic prospect profile videos. The one of Adams is below.