With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jordan Adams out of UCLA.
Adams graded out as one of the most analytically friendly players in this draft. ESPN’s analytics guru Kevin Pelton (their “replacement” of sorts for our own John Hollinger) ranked sixth overall in this draft in his WARP analysis, and said of Adams,
The clearest example of the disconnect between scouting and performance analysis in this year’s draft, Adams is considered a late first-round pick (29th in Ford’s top 100) but rates as an elite talent statistically. A high steal rate works in Adams’ favor, as does his efficiency as a scorer. He is the only player in the draft who doesn’t rank in the bottom 25 percent at his position in any skill statistic in my database.
The question marks surrounding Adams are rooted in uncertainty around his ability to keep up with the pace of the NBA athletically, while being undersized for the position at a shade under 6’5. The Grizzlies must have seen enough from him during the draft process to alleviate these concerns, however, when Adams worked out with the team on Sunday June 22. It was also reported that he was supposed to return for a last-minute workout yesterday afternoon.
Adams is a crafty scorer, who shot 35.6% from three-point range in his sophomore year at UCLA, while getting to the line at a clip of 5.3 free throw attempts per game. He has a stocky build, at 209 pounds, and uses his strength well to finish through contact. Defensively, Adams may struggle to stay in front of his man, but possesses a 6’10 wingspan enabling him to play bigger than his size as well as attack the passing lanes.
What is next for the Grizzlies is a bit uncertain, as Adams will join an already crowded rotation of Courtney Lee, Tony Allen, Jamaal Franklin, Tayshaun Prince, Quincy Pondexter, and Mike Miller.
For an extended look at Adams, check out his DraftExpress scouting video, below: