June 28, 2013

Adams One of Few Correct Calls

Filed under: Alumni,Basketball,Draft,Good,NBA — Chas @ 9:05 am

The NBA Draft was more than a little unpredictable this year. Starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers picking Anthony Bennett out of UNLV (my pick would have been Georgetown’s Otto Porter). That set off a lot of changes up and down the draft. Plenty of trades. But at the number 12 spot, Oklahoma stood pat and took Steven Adams as many expected.

Adams, the 7-foot center who spent one season at Pitt after emigrating from New Zealand, is the fifth Pitt player to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft and the first since Vonteego Cummings in 1999. The other Panthers taken in round one were Charles Smith and Jerome Lane in 1988 and Eric Mobley in 1994. He is the first Pitt freshman to be selected in the first round.

Adams is the fifth player coached by Jamie Dixon to be selected in the draft, following DeJuan Blair and Sam Young (second round in 2009), Aaron Gray (second round in 2007) and Chris Taft (second round in 2005).

Selfishly, I would have loved for Adams to stay at Pitt another year. Yes, he would have further developed, but I’m not convinced that he would have gone much higher in the draft in 2014. (Not to mention the possibility of injuries.)

Not because of how he would be used at Pitt. Or as some want to believe that Dixon would waste him. It’s simply the numbers.

The 2014 draft already looks loaded. It will have players like Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson, James McAdoo, the usual slew of one-and-dones from Kentucky, Euro players we know nothing about, and plenty of others. 2014 is shaping up to be one of those high talent draft years.

So by going now, he starts earning the money a year earlier. Even with the rookie scale, he will be making over $2 million in his first year.

He’s also decided that he wants to help his vast and far-flung family financially. There will be many open hands now thrust in his direction, as our rugby players found when they received their first pay cheques back in the mid-90s.

Hopefully, his management can keep a little money out of reach for his own future.


And by getting drafted by Oklahoma City, Adams is probably in the best spot possible. He is heading to the D-League, but unlike a lot of other franchises, OKC actually uses the NBDL to actually develop players.

“Once again, Thunder U is served,” vice president/assistant general manager Troy Weaver said.

Considered a project, Adams played one season at Pittsburgh and almost certainly will spend his rookie season playing with the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s Developmental League affiliate.

Asked what he thought of that scenario, Adams momentarily drew a blank.

“Playing in Tulsa? … Oh, sorry. Yeah, yeah, yeah. My bad,” Adams said. “No, I don’t mind. Either way. I’m just committed to the coaches and just making sure I do whatever they say. If they feel I’m ready to be a Thunder, then that will work. If they don’t and I’m going to Tulsa, that’s just how it is.”

Reasonably certain, that Adams didn’t have that much of an opportunity to learn the geography of the US in the past year.

It’s amusing as in the course of the interviews and night, Adams seemed to fluctuate from saying stock things.

Adams seemed to get it Thursday night, telling reporters at the draft: “All I’m trying to work on right now is rebounding, blocking shots, defense and running the lanes. All the base sort of stuff. I’ll start from there and I’ll try to branch off. Whatever the coaches want.”

Then he becomes the 19-year old kid.

“Man this feels electric! Thank you for all the support whanau and friends.”

Among that family support was sister and two-time Olympic gold medalist Valerie Adams.

Soon after todays drama, Steven Adams told ONE News Jack Tame “the chicks in OKC are mean and the team has its own chef”.

He also tweeted a shout out to a NZ Breakers star player, saying: “Big thanks to Alex Pledger for supporting me from the start.”

Adams is super excited about playing with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and, at draft time today, only heard the letter “Sss&”, which indicated he’d been picked number 12 in the draft –  then he felt dizzy.

But afterwards he was “stoked” Oklahoma was where he wanted to go.

But seriously Adams. Find a really good manager who can tell you (and members of your large family) “no” when it comes to spending and supporting. You are still just one injury from it all ending quickly.

Good luck.

Look up the definition of ethics and stop name-calling. It only makes your argument look even more inane. Being called out by most of the other Big East football schools for “betrayal” doesn’t fit the good guy/white hat image you so much wish Nordenberg actually had.

Comment by TonyinHouston 06.29.13 @ 7:28 am

Nordenberg made the decision he had to in joining the ACC; however, it did require a bit of hypocrisy especially since all was done in secrecy which riled all of us back in 02-02.

Of course, his two biggest critics back then (the Louisville and ND ADs) have joined on …. not to mention the fact mostly all, if not all, of the BE FB schools had applied for membership.

Comment by wbb 06.29.13 @ 7:49 am

And to imagine that this thread started out as an “Adams in the NBA” draft subject????

@PittScript, nice post and link on the way most “sane” sports fans are seeing this past week’s RS saga and HCPC’s reply (or lack there of)to those antics. Also it serves as a tangible response to those Pitt Blather critics of HCPC, who have stated that he is being viewed negatively on the national stage for his handling of the situation. Every hear the phrase of “that comment does not warrent a rational response”? Apparently Paul Chryst has.

As I mentioned previously, I’m learning to like Paul Chryst more every day. Now if he can just start winning some football games.

Comment by Dr. Tom 06.29.13 @ 8:10 am

CNorwoodAZ, you got some bad info brother.

Baseball and basketball most certainly do count.

link to

I’m no expert, but the Athletic Director is the boss of ALL athletics at the university.

Seems like you can get a pretty good idea of how your overall athletics are from this.

The teams in top 50 apparently throw money at the olympic sports as well and still manage to have top money maker sports too.

Comment by Dan 06.29.13 @ 9:11 am

@ Dan

Good link. I think we should push for them (DCup) to include Skiing. Certainly a competitve advantage for us over of most of the ACC schools (at least travel expenses!)

Comment by CompLit 06.29.13 @ 9:30 am

What you may have seen, or been told, was that the Directors Cup rankings came out and they didn’t even have, say, baseball or basketball in them as a good example.

However, the Directors Cup apparently puts out rankings several, even maybe 5 or 6 times a year.

Twice in the fall, twice in the winter, twice in the spring and a final ranking.

After a certain sport, or groups of sports are done.

So, the first rankings may have football, mens soccer, womens soccer as an example.

Then a winter one, they add hockey, gymnastics, etc. etc.

Spring, swimming and hoops.

Late spring. Baseball, track and field.

It’s cumulative as the year goes on.


I’ve just been reading about it the past couple days.

Then they have a final rank for the year. After the spring sports I believe.

Baseball would probably be the first sport of the year, or the last, I guess depending on when the CWS is over. I would think it’s one of the last.

Pitt being 109th, was our final ranking.

Last in ACC. Pretty poor.

Here’s another link, and if you scroll down, you will see all of the teams rankings.

link to

Looks like they give you the spring sports points…..then on the right, they give you each schools points final for FALL, WINTER and SPRING, then combine them for the final rankings.

Comment by Dan 06.29.13 @ 9:55 am

@wbb, thanks again for the link to the Directors Cup the other day.

I’ve often seen it on commercials or ESPN or CBS promos during football season, especially maybe during bowl season.

I always have said to myself, “I wonder where Pitt fits in”, then I’ve thought, “oh, they probably just do a top 20 or something”, and I never bothered looking it up.

Interesting stuff.

Comment by Dan 06.29.13 @ 9:58 am

HoustonTony want to point out where in particular I was name calling in my posts? Literal years of complaining re: the mismanagement/ duplicity of the BEast on this blog and thousands of others by informed fans of all stripes and your going to take their side (post-collapse) over Nordy? You’ll side with the BB schools, their rumors and ultimate motive to run our athletic dept. (into the ground) What football schools critiqued Nordy? And not talkin about self-centered pervert Pitino, gee ya think he favors BB? Cuse, WV, the ville all followed Pitt off the Titanic. The single most important action we have taken since the 1976 NC has been to join the ACC. Don’t credit Nordy for that if you want but like it or not he was our leader, so ipso fatso he gets the credit. He is the ultimate PITT-man, acclaimed far and wide (save many on this blog). Would you like to propose his successor, someone of your mind-set, say the now-disgraced John Marinatto? Hail to Pitt! THank you Chancellor! UPone

Comment by UPone 06.29.13 @ 10:06 am

Surprised and scratching my head as a result of the news that Keller Chryst has chosen Stanford.

At this point, makes no sense that Paul Chryst was quick to go public with an offer to his nephew… UNLESS… something happened since then to dramatically shift things in the favor of Stanford.

Admittedly wrong on this one. Had Keller coming to Pitt all the way.

What a disappointment!

Comment by PittofDreams 06.29.13 @ 10:23 am

Now for Tra’von Chapman…

Seems his attorney is working behind the scenes and so far unsuccessfully to get a deal to have charges dropped.

For a second time, a pre-trial hearing has been delayed, this according to the Trib Review.

The story goes on to say that the delay to July 29 is a result of a scheduling conflict involving Chapman’s attorney.

Seems more likely that the attorney is working with one goal which is to have the charges completely dropped knowing that anything short of that means Chapman’s days at Pitt would be over.

Comment by PittofDreams 06.29.13 @ 10:30 am

Nordy was great for academia.

Athletics?? What do the kids say today? Meh?

Have a great weekend fellas. Heading into the madness that is Gettysburg on the 150th anniv..

Comment by Dan 06.29.13 @ 11:00 am

One more.

John Swofford ringing the bell to open NYSE Mon..

ACC press conference being held Mon. 2pm. Hosted by ESPN, Brad Nessler.

Members at the press conference listed.

John Swofford Commish
Frank Beamer Va.Tech
Jim Boeheim Syracuse
Mike Brey ND
Larry Fitzgerald Pitt
Roy Williams NC

See ya.

Comment by Dan 06.29.13 @ 11:20 am

Only way we can move up in the ‘Directors Cup’ standings is ….

….. for them to include ‘Ultimate Frisbee’.

Quite ironically, the Athletic Dept doesn’t have anything to do with that team. haha

Comment by EMel 06.29.13 @ 12:15 pm


Yes indeed the Bucs are in sole position of 1rst place in the NL Central and have the best record in the entire MLB.

We have not been 19 games over .500 since 1992.

A Pitt basketball player get drafted in the 1rst round AND the Pirates with the best record in MLB at almost the halfway mark.

The world must indeed be coming to an End ! yikes

Comment by EMel 06.29.13 @ 12:21 pm

Larry Fitzgerald ?

Love the guy, but he’s not a coach or a employee of Pitt. Everyone else on that list above is.

Strange….but then again most things with Pitt are !

Comment by EMel 06.29.13 @ 12:35 pm

@ Dan72

Thanks bro.

I think my body needs to vent(a good one) at least quarterly about SP or the poison builds up in my system and I start turning green.

Plus it’s good for my high blood pressure to release that angst I feel over Pitt athletics.

Comment by EMel 06.29.13 @ 12:41 pm

@ Dan,

Have fun at Gettysburg. I’ll be the fat guy with a goatee wearing grey and sweating on the battlefield. I’ll replace my rebel yell with a Hail to Pitt!

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 06.29.13 @ 12:58 pm

Emel, but Fitz is a Pitt alum …. oh wait a minute!

Comment by wbb 06.29.13 @ 1:54 pm

Pittof Dreams – I don’t recall Chryst ever saying one thing publicly about any recruit let alone his nephew. That is against NCAA rules and he’s never done it.

Comment by Reed 06.29.13 @ 4:38 pm

sorry spiritofsection 22 for late entry probably no one will see but you hit it on the head. Anyone who has seen Adams run the court put the ball on the floor and shoot facing the basket knews he’s a special athelete deserving of his high pick.

He does need to learn the nuisances of playing with his back to the basket but he will soon master that. He is the most physical C in the draft including Deing who he played to a standoff while he played for a medicore team and Deing played for Louisville.
He only got the rap of bad hands when he got to Pitt . Before that it was considered one of his major strenths with his passing. Hard to pick up the ball at your ankles from a Woodall pass.
Face it Woodaal scored 11 points a game playing 30 minutes shooting 20 shots if given to others Pitt would have scored more and playing terrible defense, Silva had him in his pocket. In the Big East his 3 team all -confernce was in deference to Dixon his travelling promoter. On the Pitt squad he was the eighth best player ahead of Johnson and tied with Zanna

Comment by pittisit 07.02.13 @ 8:35 am

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