NBA Draft 2013: Oklahoma City Thunder Select Steven Adams

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder, despite being one of the NBA’s best teams, managed to get a hold on the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and used the high selection to add Steven Adams of Pittsburgh to the already insanely-talented roster.

Talk about the rich getting richer. You know the deal. The Thunder are already championship material thanks to a core that included two elite players in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Oklahoma City just got that much better.

Here’s’s thoughts on Adams:

 Adams was Pitt’s first Big East All-Rookie team selection since DeJuan Blair in 2007-08 after starting 32 of 32 games and leading the Panthers in rebounding and blocked shots. Adams didn’t show anything close to a polished low-post offensive game, but he did display a high motor and some prolific rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He grabbed 15 rebounds against Seton Hall and 14 each against DePaul and Duquesne. He blocked five shots against USF and posted four-block games against four other opponents, including Big East opponents Cincinnati and Marquette.

Adams is an insanely talented athlete who figures to give Kendrick Perkins a push at the center position or at least give the Thunder a very, very tough twin towers look in the middle of the court.

Perkins was not all that well known before blasting on to the scene at Pittsburgh. The 7-footer will make his presence felt in the NBA right away as he works with Durant and Westbrook to keep the Thunder on top.


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Topics: 2013 NBA Draft, Oklahoma City Thunder, Steven Adams

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