Steven Adams
Steven Adams
25-Year-Old CenterC
Oklahoma City Thunder
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Adams, who has been Oklahoma City’s starting center over the past four campaigns, cracked 30 minutes per game for the first time as a pro last season. He set career highs nearly across the board, averaging 13.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and a combined 2.2 steals/blocks. Notably, he ranked second in the league in total offensive rebounds (384), fourth in field-goal percentage (62.9) and collected 28 double-doubles across 76 appearances. In addition to his quality play, Adams’ Fantasy value gets a boost due to his nearly spotless health, averaging 77.4 games played through his first five seasons. General Manager Sam Presti opted to improve the Thunder’s extremely thin bench over the offseason, bringing in free agent Nerlens Noel. However, the move isn't expected to affect Adams’ playing time, as Noel hasn't quite lived up to his potential and signed a deal just worth under $2 million per year. Overall, Adams’ Fantasy stock should remain similar to last season, though improvement is still feasible considering he just turned 25 years old. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Thunder in October of 2016.
Downturn in numbers during win
COklahoma City Thunder
April 20, 2019
Adams posted 10 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists and one block across 35 minutes during the Thunder's 120-108 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Adams had averaged 16.5 points over the first two games of the series, so Friday's tally represented a notable downturn. The big man remained as efficient as he'd been in Game 2, but he took two fewer shot attempts and also failed to visit the free-throw line for the first time in the series. He'll look to boost his production back up in Sunday's Game 4.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Adams enters the first year of his four-year, $100 million contract extension as one of the league’s up-and-coming centers. The contract and high praise seem to be warranted from a basketball perspective, but not as much from a Fantasy perspective. Still only 24 years old, Adams compiled career-best averages of 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals last season. That made him valuable across just about every format, but 28 other players outrebounded Adams on a per-game basis while 34 other players blocked more shots per game -- Adams averaged exactly one block per game last season. Granted, he’ll have a chance to surpass those career-best averages yet again this coming season, but the ceiling is low considering that Russell Westbrook and Paul George will seemingly dominate every Thunder possession.
While his value largely comes on the defensive end, Adams was able to shore up some of his offensive deficiencies in his second season as a full-time starter, averaging a career-high 8.0 points per game while shooting 61.3 percent from the floor. Despite the increase in scoring, he saw his playing time remain nearly the same as the year before, receiving 25.2 minutes per outing. However, Adams could push for additional time during the upcoming season after his coming-out party in the playoffs. Over 18 postseason tilts, Adams averaged 10.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game, providing the Thunder with a dependable anchor at the back end against some of the Western Conference’s top teams. With Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka no longer with the team, Adams will have ample opportunity to raise his outputs on both ends of the floor in 2016-17. Adams is bound for restricted free agency arriving next summer, and since a breakout season could make him a hot commodity on the open market, he’ll have every incentive to take on a more increased role for the Thunder.
Adams averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 25 minutes per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from the line last season. He beat out Kendrick Perkins for the starting job last season, starting 67 of the 70 games he played. With Billy Donovan taking over the coaching reigns for the Thunder, it's unclear whether Adams or former Jazz big man Enes Kanter will earn the starting center spot. Kanter was the starter at the end of the season while Adams recovered from a broken hand, but no one knows what Donovan is thinking in regard to the Thunder's rotation. While Adams is extremely limited on offense, he has proven to be a defensive anchor for the Thunder. At age 22, he is still very young and has room to develop his game beyond the paint. Although the 7-footer will split time with Kanter this season, he could have sleeper value in most formats if he develops more on offense this season and sees enough minutes.
The 12th overall pick from the 2013 draft played in 81 games as a rookie, making 20 starts in all. Adams played 15 minutes per game and averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, and 0.5 steals during the regular season but saw his role grow come playoff time. He averaged 22 minutes in the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers and 23 minutes per game in the Western Conference finals versus the San Antonio Spurs, with the seven-footer's athleticism and high-energy play consistently earning him more minutes than starter Kendrick Perkins. Only 21 years old, the potential is certainly there for Adams, though he'll need to work on his free-throw shooting after connecting on only 58 percent of his attempts in 2013-14. Regardless, we believe there's a strong possibility the young Kiwi will take over as the team's starting center sooner rather than later, giving him some sleeper appeal in most formats.
The rookie from Pitt impressed NBA cognoscenti with his measurables and upside enough to be a lottery pick. The native of New Zealand did not put up numbers as a college freshman and will require a great deal of seasoning to become Nick Collison 2.0.
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Strong performance in Game 2 loss
COklahoma City Thunder
April 17, 2019
Adams managed 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-5 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 114-94 loss to Portland.
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Well-rounded line in Game 1 loss
COklahoma City Thunder
April 14, 2019
Adams delivered 17 points (8-14 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, three steals, and one assist in 36 minutes during Sunday's 104-99 Game 1 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Returns Wednesday
COklahoma City Thunder
April 10, 2019
Adams (shoulder) has returned to Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
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Questioanble to return Wednesday
COklahoma City Thunder
April 10, 2019
Adams is questionable to return to Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks due to right shoulder soreness, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
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Struggles from field in win
COklahoma City Thunder
April 10, 2019
Adams provided eight points (3-11 FG, 2-4 FT), 13 boards and one assist in 37 minutes Tuesday in the Thunder's 112-111 win over the Rockets.
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