Apr 16, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Jeff Adrien (12) and forward Chris Wright (15) reach for a rebound during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Atlanta won 111-103. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Adrien has shown a lot of potential in his short NBA career. Going into this game, you’ll hear color commentators remark he was in double-digit rebounds the five games prior to this contest.
Against the New Orleans Pelicans, Adrien forges 20 points, 10 boards and three blocks against one of the best power forwards in the league in Anthony Davis, as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Adrien shows persistent aggressiveness against a tough matchup, and the undersized Adrien holds his own. Could he eventually, or even immediately, start for the Houston Rockets? Only the inexperienced Terrence Jones stands between Adrien and a starting role.
If he played as he did in this contest last season, the Rockets will be a dangerous team. It’s a Chris Bosh-like performance from a guy that comes at a fraction of the price, with better rebounding abilities. Sure, that’s a bit of a stretch, but Adrien shows here that he is a fierce forward, even though he stands just 6’7”. He’s not a prototypical power forward, but then again, who decides what is the gold standard of 4-men?