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Position: Power Forward/Center
Height, Weight, Wingspan
6'10", 240 pounds, 7'4" wingspan
Steven Adams has the potential to go in the Top 10 of the 2013 NBA Draft. Between his size, toughness, physicality and phenomenal motor, the 6'10" big man could one day be a starter for an NBA team.
Or he could be Byron Mullens, coming out of nowhere and displaying great upside but little early reward.
That's the reality for big men, whose size and upside no longer entices scouts like it used to. Nevertheless, Adams' upside is met by an NBA-ready game that could see him go as high as the Top 5.
Until he hits the court and actually proves such, however, he's stuck here.
As for why the Houston Rockets are selecting him just one year after landing Omer Asik, Donatas Motiejunas, Royce White and Terrence Jones, it's actually quite simple.
Kevin McHale loves tough players. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, preach versatility. Although beneficial, this comes at a cost as both Jones and White are truly meant to play the three. Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris, meanwhile, have question marks all over them.
Steven Adams will bring great size and an interior toughness that could have him starting sooner rather than later. Besides, who actually sees star potential in the phenomenal reserve-turned-questionable-starter Omer Asik?
Draft Express: Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mean Green
NBA Draft.net: Ryan Harrow, Kentucky Wildcats
Ogden's Pick: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh Panthers