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12 Steven Adams C
Height/Weight: 7-0/255 | Birthdate: 7/20/1993 | Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand | Team: Oklahoma City Thunder | College: Pittsburgh | NBA Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 10/3
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Steven Adams back to bench for good


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Though he started 18 of 19 games with Kendrick Perkins out, Thunder center Steven Adams has been back on the bench over the last two games.

Adams played 19 minutes in the team's 107-101 win over the Clippers Wednesday, one night after logging 27 minutes, while coming off the bench in both games. Adams averaged just 3.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game during his stretch as a starter.

The Oklahoman reports Thursday Adams is likely to see just sporadic playing time in the postseason, which is in line with his season role. He has played fewer than 20 minutes in 47 of 77 games so far this season, averaging 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a rookie. 


Steven Adams does little in starting lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Thunder center Steven Adams got the start Sunday afternoon in place of Kendrick Perkins (groin), but failed to make much of an impact against the Clippers.

Adams missed his only shot attempt and was limited to just one point, converting 1 of 2 free throws in a 125-117 defeat. He grabbed six boards and blocked one shot while logging 16 minutes as a starter. He is averaging just 9.0 minutes and 2.0 rebounds over his last five games played.


Steven Adams doing little of note


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2014) Thunder center Steven Adams continues to make little impact, as he scored just one point in eight minutes in a 103-91 win over the 76ers Saturday. He added just one rebound, one assist and one block in the game.

Adams was a pleasant surprise earlier in the season, but he has settled in as a minimal contributor. He is averaging just 3.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the month of January. 


Steven Adams eased back into action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Thunder center Steven Adams was eased back into action in his first game back from a right ankle sprain Sunday night against the Celtics. Adams played only five minutes off the bench and was held scoreless on 0 of 2 shooting from the field. He also grabbed one rebound in a 119-96 victory.

Steven Adams available to play vs. C's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Thunder center Steven Adams will be available to play Sunday night against the Celtics, according to The Oklahoman.

Adams was forced out of Saturday's win over Minnesota with a right ankle sprain. He has averaged 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 33 games.

Steven Adams exits with ankle sprain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) Thunder center Steven Adams was forced out of Saturday's contest against the Timberwolves with a right ankle sprain.

Adams left the game in the third quarter with the injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. In 16 minutes of game action, he scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds on 4 of 5 shooting and 2 of 2 from the charity stripe. He also chipped in with two blocked shots.

The Thunder will return to action Sunday against Boston. His status remains uncertain for that game.

Steven Adams returns quickly from ankle injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Thunder center Steven Adams didn't even miss so much as one game due to his ankle injury, as he was back on the floor Friday against the Lakers. Adams played 15 minutes off the bench and scored just one point, but did add five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the 122-97 win.

Adams played his usual role in spite of the injury, as he is playing 16.0 minutes per game. He is averaging 3.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game through the first 22 games of his career. 


Steven Adams ready to return Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Thunder center Steven Adams will return to action Friday night against the Lakers, according to The Oklahoman. Adams suffered a sprained right ankle in Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies. He was averaging 4.1 points and 4.8 boards per game before the injury.

Steven Adams sprains ankle Wednesday, won't return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Thunder center Steven Adams suffered a sprained right ankle in Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies and will not return, the team announced. Adams scored three points on 1 of 2 shooting and hauled in five rebounds while also adding one steal and one block before the injury.

Steven Adams grabs seven boards off the bench


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Thunder rookie center Steven Adams turned in a decent performance off the bench in Thursday's win over the Clippers.

Adams logged 24 minutes -- the most among any reserves -- and finished with six points and seven rebounds on 2 of 5 shooting from the field. He also went 2 of 4 from the charity stripe and added two assists and three blocks in a 105-91 win.

Adams has scored in double figures just once this season and has grabbed at least seven rebounds in two of his last three games played.

Steven Adams' physical play earns him nickname


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2013) Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki has come up with a new nickname for Thunder rookie center Steven Adams after Wednesday's physical loss against Oklahoma City, the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Nowitzki has deemed the 20-year-old Adams, who was born in New Zealand, "the white Kendrick Perkins." 

What Nowitzki meant by that was that Adams showed a propensity and willingness to bang down low, a trait synonymous with Perkins. Adams had one incident during the game in which he exchanged elbows with veteran Vince Carter, and Carter was ejected from the game.

Adams played 20 minutes Wednesday and scored six points with nine rebounds, two steals and a block. He is averaging 4.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his first four games through 17.5 minutes per contest. 


Steven Adams ahead of schedule


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2013) The Thunder knew rookie center Steven Adams' development curve was steep in his first season, even as they invested the No. 12 overall pick into him. After a training camp and two regular season games, however, they have to be pretty pleased with his progress.

Adams played 18 minutes in his debut against the Jazz Wednesday, followed by 21 minutes Friday in a loss to the Timberwolves. Adams had a very strong performance in Friday's game, scoring eight points on 2 of 5 shooting, including a 4-for-6 mark at the free-throw line. 

Coach Scott Brooks has been most impressed with the rookie's enthusiasm while learning. He has already surpassed Hasheem Thabeet in the team's center rotation.

"The thing I love about him is he's going to work hard. And he's going to earn his opportunities," Brooks told the Oklahoman Saturday. "And when he's called upon, his minutes are going to be played with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of effort. And if you have that, you're going to keep improving. And he’s improved the last three or four months we’ve had him."


Steven Adams impressing in preseason action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Thunder center Steven Adams has looked more NBA-ready than expected early in his career, as he has held his own so far in the preseason. Adams scored 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting in 26 minutes Tuesday against the Suns, and added eight rebounds and a blocked shot.

Adams is averaging 7.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in just 22.3 minutes per game through six games, through he does have nine 15 turnovers to just three assists so far. He is likely to open the season as the team's third big man, but could eventually supplant Hasheem Thabeet as the primary backup to Kendrick Perkins. 


Steven Adams decent in first action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2013) Thunder rookie Steven Adams played 15 minutes in his first NBA action Saturday, in a preseason game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey. Adams came off the bench and was reasonably productive, scoring seven points on 3 of 4 shooting, with six rebounds and three turnovers.

Adams, the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft, is expected to be the third center on the depth chart this season. He could get more extensive playing time in the preseason, however, after Kendrick Perkins suffered a finger injury Saturday. 


Steven Adams ready to focus on ball


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Thunder rookie center Steven Adams is a long way from home, as the New Zealand native adjusts to life in Oklahoma City. He told a New Zealand newspaper in mid-August he thinks the low-key lifestyle could be a benefit as he begins his NBA career.

"[Oklahoma's] quiet but it's good because all you do then is just focus on basketball," he said.

Adams has been working with Nets' center Brook Lopez at a coaching clinic in Wellington, New Zealand. Lopez, who made his first All-Star team last season, imparted some wisdom for Adams in his transition to the NBA.

"Personally the toughest thing to adapt to [in the NBA] was just the overall speed of the game," Lopez said. "Coming out of college, when you watch the game on TV it looks very slow, thought out and methodical but then you get out on court and everything's happening instantaneously and you have to make split second decisions."

Adams is considered quite raw after spending just one season at the University of Pittsburgh, but the Thunder were impressed with his skills enough to invest the No. 12 pick in the 20-year-old.

Adams did not look totally out of sorts in Orlando summer league action, averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, however he did dish out four personal fouls per game in just 27 minutes.