NBA Draft pick #12 - Oklahoma City Thunder

At No. 12 OKC takes Steven Adams

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

The rich get richer as the Oklahoma City Thunder select Steven Adams with the 12th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.  This pick, which was originally Toronto's, was at the core of the package that Houston sent to OKC in exchange for James Harden last year.

Mar 21, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers center Steven Adams (13) dunks the ball in the first half of the game against the Wichita State Shockers during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY SportsWe know what the Thunder are; they are a championship contender and this pick is a great chance--perhaps their best chance--to acquire more talent before another run at a title.

Kevin Martin is a free agent and no one knows if he'll be back or not.  This pick won't address their need for more of a scoring punch off the bench, but he is an energy guy with a lot of potential. 

The New Zealand native didn't play much at Pittsburgh, but his athleticism and potential combined with his vibrant and honest personality, clearly appealed to the Thunder.

The Thunder also needed to add some depth in the front court and this pick helps fill that hole.  Sure, the league is "going small" and Durant can guard a big here and there if necessary, but the Thunder are likely eager to shed Kendrick Perkins' salary as soon as possible.  Besides Ibaka and Nick Collison, who is still a fine NBA player, Hasheem Thabeet and Daniel Orton are the only bigs on the roster.

Adams won't contribute right away.  He may not contribute for a while.  But the Thunder don't need instant help and his potential and his willingness to work hard and bang down low caused him to jump up the draft boards.
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