Adams is only 23 years old, but he has already established himself as a top two-way force amongst NBA big men. He averaged 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game in 25 minutes a night in 2015-16 and is already beginning to improve on those numbers now he’s no longer sharing the Thunder frontcourt with the likes of Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.
Adams, 23, was a first-round pick by the Thunder in 2013 and has quickly developed into one of the better big men in the league. He emerged last postseason as he averaged 10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for OKC. Adams is under contract for $3.1 million this season and has a $4.3 million qualifying offer for next season, but the Thunder would like to get him under contract for longer.
Oladipo, 24, was the No. 2 overall pick in 2013 and was acquired by the Thunder in the Serge Ibaka trade. He has displayed a strong overall game, including 43 percent shooting, 80.8 percent from the line, and averages of 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4 assists per game during his career. Oladipo is making $6.5 million this season and can earn $8.5 million for his qualifying offer next season.
“Always look on the bright side of life,” the Monty Python crew once sang. With Kevin Durant jumping ship this offseason, Thunder center Steven Adams is trying his best to follow that advice.
In a press conference at the North Shore Events Centre in his native New Zealand on Wednesday, Adams saw the good that Durant’s departure might do for his game next season.
“It isn’t up to me whether I’m going to say ‘yo, I’m going to do this,'” said Adams, per Hussein Moses of The Wireless. “It’s the coach’s job to put us in the best position to succeed, not only individually but as a team. So I’m just waiting for his word … [I might] shoot some threes.”
Though the 23-year-old Adams blossomed last postseason as a two-way force to be reckoned with, he may be a little ambitious here. Adams has only attempted two three-pointers in his three-year NBA career thus far, missing both. Still, with stretch seven-footers the trend du jour these days and the Thunder now in dire need of floor spacing without Durant, who made 85 more three-pointers than anybody on the roster last season, what’s not to like if Adams develops that part of his game?
Steven Adams has become a fan favorite, in part because he’s offered some really good soundbites. That continued this week during an interview with Sky Sport.
The Thunder center rarely disappoints when in front of the camera and he didn’t let us down this time around either. Among the topics he discussed were how he’s doing after repeatedly getting hit below the belt by Draymond Green and what’s up with his hair.
There’s a lot to unpack in the just over two minute long video.
First, there’s the really cool part of Adams’ sister Valerie, who won a silver medal in the shot put, competing in the Rio Olympics. And, in case anyone was wondering, Adams’ nuts are doing just fine, thank you very much. The best part might have been when he talked about why he stopped getting haircuts. You can just picture Adams sitting around one day and a light bulb appearing over his head as he says “What have I been doing all these years?” And finally, don’t mistake Steven Adams for being Australian.
Between Adams offering up quotes like he did here and when he was asked about Kevin Durant’s free agency to go along with Enes Kanter’s Twitter antics, the Thunder certainly have an entertaining pair of big men.
The Oklahoma City Thunder players made their final appearances with the media on Wednesday in their exit press conferences, leading to some good insight and stories.
Center Steven Adams spoke with the media and of course provided some entertainment. Much like everyone else, he was asked about Kevin Durant’s impending free agency. The New Zealand-born center offered up a funny response:
Steven Adams on how he'll follow KD's free agency: "Just flick him a text and see what he's going to do, I guess."
That’s Durant’s teammate and one of his partners on the starting line saying that. Adams is no slouch on the court, but he does seem like a minor story compared to the talk about Durant’s future, so that comment is definitely humorous.
Now that his team advanced to the NBA Finals, Draymond Green felt comfortable making up with series nemesis Steven Adams.
After his Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 in Game 7 on Monday to win the conference, Green conducted an interview with TNT’s David Aldridge. Aldridge asked Green about what the Warriors forward said to Adams once the series ended.
“I told him congrats on a great season,” said Green. Green then complimented Adams. “I love what he brings to the table. I respect a guy who continues to fight. We had our instances — nothing was on purpose — but he battles and I battled. I just told him I got mad respect and I love the way he battles.
“Since he came in the league, he’s been playing the same way. You gotta respect a guy like that.”
There’s no way you could have watched that series — or the entire playoffs for that matter — and not have respect for Adams. He was one of the best big men in the entire postseason and battled Green the entire way.
No matter how many groin shots or other sneaky dirty plays from Green he endured, he continued to fight and play well. The native New Zealander was definitely one of the better revelations of the postseason. And it’s nice that Green can respect a man who stood up to all of his tricks.
You knew Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night wouldn’t go down without some sort of incident between Draymond Green and Steven Adams. And of course it didn’t take long for the two to get tangled up.
While fighting for a rebound with just under three minutes left in the first half, Green appeared to lock arms with Adams, and the two ended up on the ground. The larger Adams went down on Green, leading Green’s head to hit the floor.
Steven Adams got sweet revenge on Draymond Green during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday by dunking right on the Warriors forward:
After the way Green got Adams in the nuts twice earlier in the series in highly-publicized incidents, it was only right that Adams got him back. As a bonus, Draymond got served with the Crying Jordan face.
Draymond Green may not have been suspended for kicking Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, but the boot left a lasting impression on the Oklahoma City Thunder big man.
Prior to OKC’s blowout win in Game 4, Craig Sager reported that Adams is dealing with what sounds like a painful injury.
Craig Sager says Steven Adams suffered a testicular contusion and will wear a cup tonight. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.#Thunder#Warriors
A contusion is basically a severe bruise. We’ve all dealt with bruises before. My guess would be that not many of us have dealt with testicular contusions, and those of us who haven’t feel very fortunate.
Whether you believe it was intentional or not, there’s no question Green’s kick (video here) looked like it hurt. He followed that up by tripping a player during Game 4 on Tuesday, so the Warriors forward obviously isn’t feeling much remorse.
Here’s hoping Adams’ — well, you know — starts feeling better real soon.