The Memphis Grizzlies selected former UCLA guard Jordan Adams No. 22 overall in the 2014 NBA draft on Thursday evening.
After learning of his fate, Adams was thankful for the opportunity to take his talents to Memphis:
I just want to take this opportunity to thank God #Blessed— Jordan Adams (@jordanadams1231) June 27, 2014
Following just two seasons at one of the most storied programs in college basketball, it was clear Adams had the skills to make the NBA leap. Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register implies Adams is making the transition at the perfect time:
Clear now though that Jordan Adams made the right decision to leave for the NBA. Stock wasn't getting higher than 22.— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) June 27, 2014
Adams led the Bruins last season with 17.4 points per game on a squad that featured two other highly touted pro draft entrants in Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine. ESPN Stats & Info further highlighted Adams' scoring prowess:
Rob Fischer of Memphis Grizzlies TV documented what Adams had to say regarding his fit with the team:
Newest @memgrizz Jordan Adams on Griz, "I think I'll be able to come here and knock down open shots, and be that scoring two guard"— Rob Fischer (@thefishnation) June 27, 2014
Some may criticize Adams' athletic ability, yet a simple statistic could dispel that notion:
Jordan Adams "is not a great defender" but set the single-season UCLA steals record.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) June 27, 2014
This anecdote from CBSSports.com's Jon Rothstein before the draft suggests Adams' game translates well to the Association in ways that can't be seen on the surface, too:
Was told by one NBA scout that UCLA's Jordan Adams measured among draft's top five prospects when measured via analytics. Major sleeper.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 24, 2014
Since the Grizzlies are better known for their defense, they did well to acquire Adams with the 22nd pick, netting great value and a necessary scoring boost. Jamaal Franklin, a 2013 second-round draft choice, figures to vie for playing time as a 2-guard, while Tony Allen and Courtney Lee won't give up their spots in the rotation easily.
There may not be a lot of room for Adams to make an immediate impact, yet he should help Memphis down the road as an offensive spark off the bench. All that's really preventing the Grizzlies from contending in the West is scoring more often. Adams will help them do that at some point when he's ready, which depends on what general manager Chris Wallace decides to do with the roster in the near future.