After starring at Boston College, the 5'10" point guard was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 3rd round with the 66th pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. He only averaged 2.2 points during his rookie season, but he would have more success later in his career while playing for other teams. In his second season he played with the Washington Bullets, but Adams had his best season in 1990-1991, when he averaged 26.5 points and 10.5 assists per game while playing for the Denver Nuggets. After that breakout season, he rejoined the Bullets via a trade, during which time he appeared in his first NBA All-Star Game in 1992.
Renowned for his "push shot", Adams retired in 1996 when playing for the Charlotte Hornets with career totals of 9,621 points and 4,209 assists, and remains among the all-time league leaders in three-point field goals made and attempted.