It’s highly doubtful that Steven Adams will be a major impact player early in the season for the talented Oklahoma City Thunder. But give him some time to develop and the 7-foot center from Pittsburgh, who was the Thunder’s first pick in the NBA draft, could turn out to give his new team valuable depth inside.
The Thunder should consider themselves fortunate to get someone of Adam’s caliber in the first round for a squad that has a chance to challenge for supremacy in the NBA West.
In the first three games of the season, Adams is giving some indication he could help out his new team to some degree. He didn’t do much in the opener, getting two points and three rebounds in 28 minutes against the Utah Jazz. The Thunder had him on the court for 23 minutes in the second game last Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and he was 2-of-5 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line for eight points and had eight rebounds and one block. That was an impressive performance, more so than two days later against the Phoenix Suns when he scored just two points and had one block and four rebounds in a nine-minute appearance.
Adam showed promise during the preseason. The Thunder gave Adams a combined 56 minutes in his last two preseason games and he combined for 21 points and 15 boards, plus three blocks.
Adams will be a strong defensive force inside for the Thunder when they need him. He won’t be a major impact player for the Thunder but he will give them some valuable playing minutes every game.