Leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, Nick Mancini will be profiling the top 20 players available. The Cleveland Cavaliers currently own pick Nos. 1, 19, 31 and 33. Follow Nick on Twitter @nickmance.
No. 16. Steven Adams – Pitt, Freshman 7’-0”, 255 lbs, C
2013 stats- 7.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg
Another prospect, another intriguing big man. Steven Adams, the New Zealand import from Pitt, came into his freshman season with loads of hype. But did he necessarily live up to that hype?
If you ask me; not so much. Adams, physically, is ready for the NBA. He is a superb athlete with an NBA-ready body. The competition he played against in New Zealand, though, didn't prepare him for life in the Big East. During his first few collegiate games, he was just overwhelmed.
But, as the year went on, he did improve. He started to impose his physical will on teams and he was just a monster at times this past season. Defensively, he is an excellent rebounder and shot ...