Athletically, Adams is probably a tad slower than most shooting guards. However, he showed much better sneaky athleticism once losing weight, but he doesn't possess great foot speed or great vertical leap.
While maybe an inch short of the Jordan standard, Adams probably is slightly above average for most shooting guards in today’s NBA, especially with so many teams playing small ball. Adams has a good frame, weighing in at 210 lbs. Plus he lost all the bad weight during the season and looked much quicker because of it. He possesses a nice wing-span, so the measurable are there, and Thibs seems to prefer size at the wing spots.
As a freshman, Adams was more consistent than teammate and eventual first round draft pick Shabazz Mohammed. He plays well while not dominating athletically with quickness or bullying opponents with strength but with a good understanding of the game. He scores 17 points a game by knowing how to play off the ball and can create shots even without a great first step.
While not a great defender, he averaged over 2 steals a game by understanding how to play passing lanes and showing good defensive basketball IQ.
Adams is one of the most skilled players in this draft. He plays like his teammate (Kyle Anderson) in slo-mo ball, but with a bit more athletic ability. One of the questions with Adams is whether or not he can build more athletic ability through better conditioning. He's slimmed down this year to increase his speed, but does he have even more room to gain?
Offensively, Adams is best known for his off-the-ball movement and finding creases from long-range, mid-range, or back door cuts. He's a very good shooter who can also create a little off the bounce and get to mid-range or into the paint. While Adams has the build to shield off opposing defenders, he still struggles in finishing at the rim.
The biggest thing I like about Jordan Adams is his ability to draw fouls or bait opposing players. I think this translates well to the next level. Many people say Adams reminds them a little of James Harden, but I don’t see that skill level offensively. However, I see the ability to compete a little more defensively.
Will Adams skills be good enough to overcome athletic question marks? He has below average foot speed and isn't a leaper. As a slasher, he finishes at only a moderate level, and as a shooter, he knocked down just 36% of his college threes. Will his offensive creation game translate to the next level? Does he have more bad weight to lose to increase his athleticism?
Overall, Adams possesses many quality skills for an offensive player at the next level. However, competing against higher caliber athletes he may struggle to use them as much if he can't improve on some of his skills or body.
That said, with an improved body, Adams would be a lottery talent even in this stacked draft class. Adding quickness will be key to limiting defensive blow bys and improving his first step.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
Adams fits great offensively for the Chicago. Since he can do a bit of everything, shoot, create off the dribble, get into the pain, pull up from mid range, play off the ball, etc, he would give Chicago the versatility on offense they've lacked at shooting guard.
However, in college, he was blown by on defense frequently which suggests Thibodeau may struggle to find minutes in his rotation for Adams. That said, it may also be the case that Thibodeau can improve his defense considerably.
To me, Adams is an intriguing player to think about trading down for and getting in the early 20’s. Adams has been put up big numbers since his mid-Freshman year, possesses many great offensive tributes, and possesses a high IQ game. I think my main concern is will his lack of defense keep him out from playing for Thibs?
At the same time, we desperately need offense and it is likely that players such as Stauskas, Kyle Anderson, and Rodney Hood will be gone when drafting at pick 16. Unless one of those slides, I am very intrigued in drafting Adams if a trade down is possible.
I feel Adams possesses much better overall offensive game then say James Young, and has the potential to be a great core player off the bench. I would rather have Adams than many players at our pick such as K.J. McDaniels or a T.J. Warren. I just don’t know if I see Thibs playing this guy much.
Overall, I think Adams has a chance to be a good scorer at the next level with his high basketball IQ. However, Adams is a boom or bust pick. Will he be active enough and can he keep his weight down to play at the next level? Is he athletic enough to keep up with opposing shooting guards?
I tend to think he has a chance to be solid at the next level, but feel the Bulls will go elsewhere due to lack of conditioning generally and I don't know if I see Thibs playing pudgy players this early in their career despite the weight loss. I am a fan, but I don't know if it is a fit if that makes sense. I think he will be a steal.