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The Player the Hawks Could STEAL in the 2014 Draft

A lot of the talk surrounding the Hawks pick centers around a player from UCLA. That player has size, length, and well rounded, versatile game that tantalizes fans and scouts alike. He's still young enough as a sophomore to be considered to have excellent upside. Kyle Anderson may very well be the Hawks pick when that time comes.

It's his teammate the Hawks will probably have the opportunity to steal though.

Jordan Adams is the player the Hawks should be targeting. He came to UCLA in the same class that produced Kyle Anderson and Shabaaz Muhammed, and he has outperformed both player in pretty much every metric there is. Two metrics that I like to use as tools to evaluate these players are WARP and ASPM. Based on both of these metrics, Jordan Adams puts up the numbers that a top 5 pick would put up. In fact, his ASPM as a freshman is higher than the ASPMs posted by the heralded Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Noah Vonleh. Yet, no one talks about him.

His freshman ASPM is the 9th best freshman ASPM over the past 5 years. The players who rated ahead of him: Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel, Cody Zeller, Joel Embiid, Marcus Smart, Jared Sullinger, DeMarcus Cousins, and Mitch McGary. As a sophomore, he is 6th in ASPM over the past 5 years. The only sophomores to rate higher than him are Trey Burke, Marcus Smart, Otto Porter, WIllie Cauley-Stein, and Jared Sullinger.

On the court, one thing I love about Jordan Adams is that he is not a ball dominant player. He moves very well without the ball. In fact, I would describe his game as one where he is in perpetual motion. He's got great instincts and will back door you to death. He attacks the rim and can get out in transition.

There are three UCLA players in this draft, and Jordan Adams is the least talked about player of the three. He is the better prospect of the three though, and he will end up being the better player. This is a top 5 player in this draft that will be taken a lot lower than he should be, and there will be teams that pass on him who regret it down the road.

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