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Pitt's Steven Adams Selected No. 12 by the Oklahoma City Thunder




June 27, 2013

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BROOKLYN, N.Y.--University of Pittsburgh freshman Steven Adams (Rotorua, New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep, Mass.) was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 12 pick in Thursday evening's 2013 NBA Draft. An NBA lottery pick, Adams becomes the first Pitt player drafted in the first round since the Indiana Pacers selected Vonteego Cummings at No. 26 in 1999. His selection at No. 12 marks the second highest NBA Draft pick for a Pitt player behind Charles Smith, who was taken at No. 3 in 1988.

Adams, who was joined at the Barclays Center by Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon, was called to the stage at approximately 8:49 p.m. ET. He was handed an Oklahoma City Thunder hat, then proceeded to the stage for a photo opportunity with outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern. He then conducted a live ESPN interview with Shane Battier, where viewers saw his jacket featuring a New Zealand flag.

The 7-foot, 250-pound Adams becomes the seventh Pitt player selected in either the NBA or ABA Draft First Round and the 28th overall Panthers player taken in a professional basketball draft. He is the second New Zealand native to be selected in the NBA Draft and the first-ever Kiwi to be picked in the first round. Adams will become only the fourth New Zealand born player to have played in the NBA, joining Aron Baynes (San Antonio Spurs), Sean Marks (Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trailblazers) and Kirk Penney (Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat).


 

 

A Big East All-Rookie Team selection, Adams led the 2012-13 Panthers in blocked shots (65), rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.571), and also contributed 7.2 points per game. While starting all 32 of his games played in 2012-13, Adams totaled two double-doubles, six double figure scoring games and five 10-plus rebound games. He concluded his freshman season ranked among school freshman leaders in several statistical categories including games started (2nd), field goal percentage (1st), rebounds (6th), rebound average (7th), percentage of starts (1st), blocked shots (2nd) and blocked shots average (3rd).

During his one-year stint, Adams helped guide Pitt to a fourth place Big East finish with a 12-6 conference record and a 24-9 overall record. The "Kiwi Phenom" also helped Pitt qualify for its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 12 seasons. Pitt is one of only seven schools to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

With the selection, Adams becomes Pitt's fourth current NBA player along with Aaron Gray (Toronto Raptors), DeJuan Blair (San Antonio Spurs) and Sam Young (Indiana Pacers). 

PITT'S ALL-TIME FIRST ROUND NBA/ABA DRAFT PICKS (7)

Player

Pick

Year

Drafting Team

Billy Knight

6th - ABA

1974

Indiana Pacers

Mel Bennett

10th- ABA

1975

Virginia Squires

Charles Smith

3rd

1988

Philadelphia 76ers

Jerome Lane

23rd

1988

Denver Nuggets

Eric Mobley

18th

1994

Milwaukee Bucks

Vonteego Cummings

26th

1999

Indiana Pacers

Steven Adams

12th

2013

Oklahoma City Thunder

 

PITT'S ALL-TIME NBA/ABA DRAFT PICKS (28)

Year

Player

Round

Pick

Drafting Team

1954

Clarence "Dutch" Burch

5th

40

Fort Wayne Pistons

1957

Bob Lazor

9th

66

Detroit Pistons

1958

Julius Pegues

4th

31

St. Louis Hawks

1959

Don Hennon

6th

41

Cincinnati Royals

1964

Brian Generalovich

3rd

19

New York Knicks

1974

Billy Knight

1st

6

Indiana Pacers (ABA)

 

Billy Knight

2nd

21

Los Angeles Lakers

 

Mickey Martin

4th

69

Detroit Pistons

1975

Mel Bennett

1st

10

Virginia Squires (ABA)

 

Kirk Bruce

8th

76

Utah Stars (ABA)

1976

Keith Starr

4th

56

Chicago Bulls

1978

Larry Harris

4th

73

Buffalo Braves

1979

Terry Knight

6th

125

San Antonio Spurs

1980

Sammie Ellis

4th

73

Denver Nuggets

1981

Carlton Neverson

3rd

56

Golden State Warriors

 

Sam Clancy

3rd

62

Phoenix Suns

1983

Trent Johnson

8th

83

Boston Celtics

1984

Clyde Vaughan

6th

117

Indiana Pacers

1988

Charles Smith

1st

3

Philadelphia 76ers%

 

Jerome Lane

1st

23

Denver Nuggets

1992

Darren Morningstar

2nd

47

Boston Celtics

1994

Eric Mobley

1st

18

Milwaukee Bucks

1996

Mark Blount

2nd

55

Seattle Supersonics

1999

Vonteego Cummings

1st

26

Indiana Pacers*

2005

Chris Taft

2nd

42

Golden State Warriors

2007

Aaron Gray

2nd

49

Chicago Bulls

2009

Sam Young

2nd

36

Memphis Grizzlies

 

DeJuan Blair

2nd

37

San Antonio Spurs

2013

Steven Adams

1st

12

Oklahoma City Thunder

 

%traded on draft day to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team deal

*traded on draft day to Golden State Warriors

 

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