With the NBA Draft just weeks away, Wiz of Awes will be doing a mock draft, which we’ll break down each pick for every lottery team, including the Washington Wizards. [Completed Mock Draft: 1) Cleveland, 2) Orlando, 3) Washington Wizards, 4) Charlotte, 5) Phoenix, 6) New Orleans 7) Sacramento 8) Detroit 9) Minnesota 10) Portland 11) Philadelphia ]
12) Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Basic Stats: 7.2 PPG, 6.3 REB, 0.6 AST, 2.0 BLK
There aren’t many contending teams which have the opportunity to acquire an additional piece to their young nucleus though the NBA Draft, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have a chance to do just that in a few days. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka leading the way, Oklahoma City will compete for the championship for many years to come.
With that said, the Thunder are still missing a few pieces to the championship puzzle. Adding another bigman that has a chance to replace Kendrick Perkins in the long run is probably something they’ll try to do on June 27th. Oklahoma City hasn’t taken advantage of some of their younger players this past season, since Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones have spent most of the season down in the NBA Developmental League.
Steven Adams is certainly someone the Thunder will take a serious look at before the draft. He has the size and mobility to become a serviceable NBA bigman in the future. Since he’s viewed as a raw prospect, he’ll probably spend a few seasons developing before he sees some playing time. Unlike some of the other NBA prospects, Adams realizes that he still has a long way to go before he becomes a legitimate contributor on the next level. Unfortunately, Adams couldn’t stay a few more seasons in college because he wants to help out his struggling family members.
Although the former 5-star recruit won’t be of much help on the offensive side of the floor, he has the size and mobility to become a rim protector down low. Kendrick Perkins was fairly disappointing last season, which may even cause the Thunder to use their amnesty provision on Perkins this off-season.
Oklahoma City doesn’t have a big man who could play along side Serge Ibaka in the future. Adams is an energy guy, but he has the potential to become a well-rounded player. Steven Adams has the athleticism and quickness for a big man to get out and run in transition, which is certainly a key factor when Russell Westbrook is on the floor.
The Thunder did a good job in developing Serge Ibaka, and Steven Adams has the potential and work ethic to become a key player for their franchise. He’s worked diligently to improve his offense and has looked pretty impressive at the NBA Draft combine. His high motor and willingness to improve will make him a perfect fit in OKC.