Before the Wizards moved up to the No. 3 spot in the draft lottery and took Otto Porter a year ago, they went into the pre-draft camp in Chicago looking at a lot of post players and Steven Adams was among those interviewed.
If nothing else, Adams might've been able to get Roy Hibbert or David West to get ejected in the East semifinals for the Wizards, who lost in six games to the Indiana Pacers.
Adams, incredibly raw after just one year of college, skyrocketed from a likely late first-rounder because of his performance at that camp and was taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder at 12th overall instead. While Porter didn't have an impact on the court for Washington, which originally was slated to choose eighth, Adams has proven to be a consummate agitator.
He baited Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies into throwing a punch at him in the first round and it led to a Game 7 suspension. Randolph was the fifth casualty this season who Adams lured into an ejection.
Memphis lost Game 7. The Thunder are in the West finals vs. the San Antonio Spurs, who they trail 2-0 with Game 3 on Sunday.
Grizzlies teammate Tony Allen, an elite defender on the perimeter, doesn't have much respect for Adams who was groomed in rugby-mad New Zealand which might explain his tactics.
"That’s just a measly guy," Allen told a local Memphis radio station. "You don’t have the shine to do that, you guys up throwing cheap shots, things of that nature.
"It’ll catch back up with him. Somebody is going to probably hit him, and it’s not going to be a push next time. You know what I’m saying? He better be careful who he doing that stuff to."
This year, the Wizards only have a second-round draft pick. They'll look for size after going for perimeter players in Porter and acquiring Glen Rice via trade last summer.
Adams isn't going to set the NBA on fire, but if the Wizards could find a player of his size and quality at No. 46 they'd take him in a heartbeat.