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Easy-going Steven Adams really wants to know where he’ll be picked, but he has no clue

Jun 27, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

NBA Draft Basketball

NEW YORK – Steven Adams, the 7-footer from New Zealand by way of a year at Pittsburgh, took a moment to put his easy-going nature into words.

“If something breaks, everybody is like ‘Ah!’” Adams said. “Get another one. You know what I mean? I just find a lot solutions pretty quickly that seem reasonable. That’s why I’m just a stress-free kind of guy.”

If something breaks, get another one.

It’s a funny way to describe his mindset in a draft where the Cavaliers are seemingly debating a couple broken pieces – Nerlens Noel (torn ACL) and Alex Len (partial stress fracture of his ankle) – for the No. 1 pick.

Why can’t Adams be the other one?

Like Noel and Len, Adams is a young, athletic center. It’s difficult to make a case he belongs ahead of Noel, but I don’t see why Adams is ranked (around 10th) so much lower than Len. Adams is about the same age (slightly younger, actually) and about as productive – and he’s not injured.

Perhaps, an NBA team sees it that way, too. But Adams has no idea. Despite his best attempts to gauge the interest of teams he’s met with, Adams hasn’t found any tells.

“I don’t know if it’s me and I suck at reading people, but they had a pretty good poker face,” Adams said.

Not that Adams worries about it. He’s more concerned with getting to know his draft classmates, many of whom find the twists and turns of the draft process more nerve-wracking.

“I just be myself, and then they usually kind of pick up themselves as well,” Adams said. “They forget whatever they’re thinking about, whatever their problems may be, and they just kind open up and be themselves. It’s cool.”

  1. saint1997 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Interesting to see what Blazers do if Adams and KCP are both still around at no. 10

  2. rajbais - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    The easy goingness of Steven Adams is why he’ll be a bust.

    For anyone to say “oh he is young and when he will get older he will be maturing and thus he’ll be a better player” is disingenuous and should be ignored when his or her draft opinion is asked for.

    Not to mention the “athletic ability”. Anyone can be a great athlete, but stink at basketball.

    If his Pitt teammates hogged the ball from him (as Doug Gottlieb claims on CBSSports.com) you don’t want this guy.

    Many guys said “Lebron should be like Michael Jordan” and used his Magic Johnson likeness as a way to show that his lack of killer instinct is preventing him to be a champion.

    If this guy is easy going and allegedly has ball hog teammates how will he be worthy of a top 10 pick and be a great big man?

    He won’t.

    There are bigger divas in the NBA and his personality will cause him to fail.

    In addition, when a player only scores 7 points in 20+ mins he has no greatness in his future.

    He should be a 2nd rd pick at best and will make a GM look worthy of getting fired.

    The lack of on-court tendencies (the thing that should ALWAYS matter because the last time I checked Lebron and the fundamentally sound Spurs were in the Finals) shows that he has no basketball education retention.

    If he has no basketball education retention he can’t fit onto a team.

    Your brain is literally behind everything you do. Even in your movements that require instruction.

    If you fail to do what is required the stuff you learned for that task is non-existent because your brain is telling you to do something else when it should tell you to do what you learned or were taught.

    Less than 1% of NBA players got better after looking as if they were doing nothing, but with Adams’ personality, lack of on-court tendencies, and a clear display of NO basketball education retention he will be a waste of a 1st Rd pick.

    Teams, don’t waste guaranteed money on him. It’s not worth it.

  3. thomaskouns - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    From all accounts a very down-to-earth guy.

  4. rajbais - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Adams only averaged 7 points in 20+ mins. He has no greatness in his future.

    He should be a 2nd rd pick at best and will make a GM look worthy of getting fired.

    The lack of on-court tendencies (the thing that should ALWAYS matter because the last time I checked Lebron and the fundamentally sound Spurs were in the Finals) shows that he has no basketball education retention.

    If he has no basketball education retention he can’t fit onto a team.

    Your brain is literally behind everything you do. Even in your movements that require instruction.

    If you fail to do what is required the stuff you learned for that task is non-existent because your brain is telling you to do something else when it should tell you to do what you learned or were taught.

    Less than 1% of NBA players got better after looking as if they were doing nothing, but with Adams’ personality, lack of on-court tendencies, and a clear display of NO basketball education retention he will be a waste of a 1st Rd pick.

    Teams, don’t waste guaranteed money on him. It’s not worth it.

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