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12 most improved players in the NBA this season

Kristaps Porzingis

The calendar has flipped to November, Daylight Savings Time is no more, and most teams have played their first ten games or so, leaving roughly 72 contests remaining on the schedule. Of course, that can only mean one thing: [sounds airhorn] it’s Overreaction Season. And perhaps the most sacred of all the Overreaction Season traditions is fangirling over those who have successfully turned those 3 a.m. Instagram workouts and that reported 15 pounds of extra muscle into greater productivity on the court. Standing high above the rest of the field, here are the 12 most improved players of the 2017-18 season so far:

Kristaps Porzingis, PF, New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony’s departure was all that was needed for our Latvian messiah to reveal himself fully. Porzingis has mutated into a nightly 30-point scoring threat now that he is the focal point of the Knickerbockers’ offense (sometimes even 40 as he proved on Sunday night in a comeback win over the Indiana Pacers), and he has been stunningly efficient despite the massive increase in volume (a career-high 50.0 percent shooting). One of Porzingis’ teammates thinks his scorching start should place him squarely in the MVP conversation. I might even take it a step further and call for beatification if he continues to flex with end-to-end displays of power like this:

Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder

Spacing saves. With Carmelo Anthony starting at power forward instead of Taj Gibson, and Paul George stretching out opposing defenses instead of Victor Oladipo, Adams can finally rumble down the lane to his heart’s content for the Thunder. He has responded to the opportunity in kind with his best season both scoring (12.4 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 boards). Toss in his intimidating interior defense, and this mustachioed maestro looks like he’s worth every penny of the $100 million that Oklahoma City invested in him last season. What else is there to say? Funaki is a force.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Orlando Magic

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Carmelo Anthony has funny quote about new teammate Steven Adams

Steven Adams is leaving quite the first impression on newest Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Carmelo Anthony.

On Tuesday, Anthony had a priceless quote about the Thunder big man, and Adams had an equally perfect reaction to it, per Royce Young of ESPN.

It’s actually not the first time that Adams has heard the comparison. But this is just our latest example of why Anthony, who’s said all the right things since his arrival, should be a great fit for the Thunder both on and off the court.

Image via ESPN on YouTube

Fans start petition for Steven Adams cameo on ‘Game of Thrones’

Steven Adams

Steven Adams may soon be arriving to an HBO broadcast near you.

On Tuesday, Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript shared a petition that was started by fans to get the Oklahoma City Thunder big man a cameo appearance on the hit television series “Game of Thrones.”

As a seven-footer with a heavy accent, Adams seems like a rather perfect fit for the GoT universe. But then again, he might not exactly look the part anymore, and it will be tough for him to top this other recent athlete cameo on the show.

Twitter reacts to Steven Adams shaving trademark mustache

Steven Adams

The majestic growth of hair on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams’ upper lip is no more, and social media is officially distraught.

The now-Stache Brother-less Enes Kanter posted a picture to Twitter on Wednesday of Adams’ new look, with no beard either for good measure.

Predictably, the fan reaction was considerably less than enthused.

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Funny story about Steven Adams’ free throw practice routine revealed

Steven Adams

The myth of Oklahoma City’s Kiwi hero has grown even further.

A feature by Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript published Friday revealed an amusing story about the free throw practice routine of Thunder center Steven Adams: he has an assistant coach unexpectedly slug him in the gut at the line.

More from Katz:

[Adams] plays one of the most physical styles of any NBA player. And he owns an unmatched, eccentric personality. So, when he’s working from the charity stripe, he has Thunder assistant coach Darko Rajaković come out of nowhere and, every once in a while, upper-cut him in the stomach just when he least expects it.

For what it’s worth, Adams is at an ugly 57.1 percent from the line for his career, but he did shoot his highest percentage (61.1) in 2016-17. The 24-year-old is already revered as one of the NBA’s best characters, and that will only continue with this landmark discovery of experimental new training methods.

H/T ProBasketballTalk

Thunder teammates troll Andre Roberson over tip fiasco

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson became the latest victim of a restaurant receipt gone viral this week, and some of his teammates are getting quite the kick out of it.

After Roberson was forced to defend himself for leaving a $14 tip on a nearly $500 bill at a Texas restaurant, he made the mistake of shouting out his two most fun-loving teammates — Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. They pounced on the opportunity to troll Roberson.

Roberson supposedly went out for drinks with a dozen of his friends, though he had a pretty decent excuse for leaving such a small tip. It’s no surprise that didn’t matter to Adams, who is a notorious stone-cracker.

H/T Deadspin

Daryl Morey tweets photo showing apparent missed foul call on Steven Adams

Daryl Morey

The 140-character stun grenades of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have struck yet again.

Morey tweeted out a photo on Monday showing Steven Adams putting James Harden in a chokehold of sorts in an apparent missed foul.

The Rockets won Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday by the final of 113-109 to go up 3-1 in their first-round playoff series. But Morey and his Twitter alter ego appear to be taking this matchup with the Thunder quite personally, even dating back to the regular season. As such, it’s nice to know that we have some front office representation from #TeamPetty.

Steven Adams: Thunder bigs ‘played trash’ in loss to Rockets

Steven Adams

If the Oklahoma City Thunder don’t clean things up in a hurry, the Houston Rockets are going to make very quick work of them in the Western Conference quarterfinals. According to starting center Steven Adams, the improvement needs to start with him.

Following his team’s 118-87 loss, Adams put the blame on Oklahoma City’s front court and singled himself out.

“The turning point was not an exact moment, but offensive rebounds and second-chance points was what really killed us,” Adams said, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “The bigs, especially me, played trash on the reads, and the pick-and-rolls were absolute garbage. We have to get back to the drawing board.”

The Thunder out-rebounded opponents during the season, but Houston beat them 56-41 in that category on Sunday. The Rockets also outscored OKC 62-38 in the paint and an eye-popping 31-4 in second-chance points.

Thunder guard Victor Oladipo said the entire team needs to do a better job on the glass — not just the bigs.

“They just did a great job getting offensive rebounds,” he said. “We have to do a better job as guards to rebound collectively as a team. It’s not just on the bigs, it’s on everybody to rebound.”

The Rockets are a tremendous outside shooting team, so the Thunder tried to close out and make them beat them inside. James Harden had no problem with that, finishing with a game-high 37 points despite hitting just 3 of 11 three-pointers. Russell Westbrook, who many believe will win the NBA MVP Award over Harden, scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, which was a lone bright spot for OKC in that department.

Based on Harden’s criteria for being named MVP, he certainly got the best of Westbrook and the Thunder in Game 1. Adams is going to personally try to change that going forward.

Patrick Beverley ran into a brick wall named Steven Adams (Video)

Patrick Beverley screen

It’s not often that you feel badly for a troll like Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, but after what Steven Adams did to him on Sunday night, it’s hard not to have some sympathy.

During the third quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series on Sunday night, Adams crushed Beverley with a massive screen. Take a look:

Beverley still had 21 and 10 in the 118-87 win over the Thunder, so he definitely got the last laugh.

Houston star James Harden, who scored 37 in the game, talked about Beverley after the game.

“He’s just a dog. He’s feisty. He’s going to play as hard as he can,” Harden said of Beverley in an interview with TNT. “He plays with a lot of energy, a lot of tenacity.”

And the man doesn’t even let getting knocked down like that keep him out.

Steven Adams has great one-liner on why he doesn’t talk to Kevin Durant anymore

Steven Adams

Kevin Durant will make his much-awaited return to Oklahoma City Saturday, but Thunder center Steven Adams doesn’t appear to be buying into the drama.

Speaking with reporters before the game, Adams had this classic deadpan about why he doesn’t talk to Durant anymore, per Royce Young of ESPN.

That’s a mic drop moment right there, mate.

To his credit, this is just the standard way that Adams has handled business since Durant’s departure, unlike some of his fellow Thunder big men. In fact, the Durexit has really been a prime opportunity for Adams to up that quote game of his, so I guess there’s a silver lining to everything.