Oklahoma City Thunder Need Steven Adams' Development To Continue Next Season

By Brian Anderson
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Second-year center Steven Adams is expected to crack the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s starting lineup next season if the team does not bring in another big man in the offseason. Expectations on Adams are big since his role may increase next year. In his first season, Adams averaged 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes a night. They were not big numbers, but Adams showed promise throughout the season.

Now it is the offseason, and Adams is looking forward to taking on a bigger role with the Thunder. His future is bright and his team believes he can be a force in the middle. Offensively, Adams has the size and the moves to put the ball in hoop. He also displayed passing skills late in the season. Defensively, Adams can also get it done. He averaged 1.3 blocks per game during the regular season and tallied four blocks in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

The Thunder will need Adams to develop his game on both ends of the floor before they increase his workload. Adams has shown a bit of improvement down low early in the 2014 NBA Summer League. He has scored a total of 22 points in his first two games this summer. If Adams continues at the pace he is going, fans in OKC will not be worrying about whether the Thunder can land Pau Gasol or another big man in free agency.

Adams can surely be the man OKC is looking for. With Kendrick Perkins‘ expected absence next year, Adams will have the perfect opportunity to step in and prove that he can be a force down low. Although he’s young, it may not take him long to adjust to the NBA life. He is a rough player with an intense work ethic — the perfect mix for a big man in the league today. The Thunder may need to bring in a veteran big man to school Adams a bit, especially if Perkins does not make a return to the roster next season. For Adams, things are looking good, but only time will tell if he’ll pan out to be the player everyone expects him to be.

Brian Anderson is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrAnderson035 “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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