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Steven Adams
Steven Adams
Position: C
Born: 07/20/93
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Salary: $3,140,517
As good as Oladipo was in his first season in Oklahoma City, there’s room for improvement and expanded responsibility. Both will be needed as the 24-year-old goes from a promising two-way player on a rookie-scale contract to a must-have contributor making $21 million in the first year of an $84 million contract. “He’s improved every single year he’s been in the league, and I would expect him to continue to do that,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said. “I really don’t have a concern that they will continue to, but there’s no question, Victor, Steven (Adams), those guys have to get better for us to continue to get where we want to go, and I think they are going to work to get to that point.
This was the third-youngest team in OKC franchise history, older than only the 2009 and 2010 squads. Presti will be quick to point that out whenever given the opportunity. And given the financial position the Thunder find themselves in, run up over the cap and not overloading with inherent flexibility, it’s the exact reason why he believes improvement within the core is most likely to come internally, not from the outside. “Those guys have gotten better every single season they have been in the league,” Presti said. “I really don’t have a concern that they will continue to, but there’s no question, Victor, Steven, those guys have to get better for us to continue to get where we want to go, and I think they are going to work to get to that point.”
James Harden: In Game 1, when he ran into that Steven Adams screen, everyone saw him hit the deck. But you probably didn’t really notice what happened after — how Pat stood up, shook it off and pointed to the sky. How our bench reacted. And then how he sparked a run for us. How we never looked back. How we won the game and then the series. Plays like that have been setting the tone for us all year. That was some Rockets basketball right there.
Then Adams was asked if he was ever “amazed” by anything Westbrook did this season, and his response stunned the assembled media with its, er, transparency. “Honestly, there was nothing in the game,” he responded. “One of our players was having a tough time and I was kinda in the background hidden. I wasn’t stalking or anything; I was taking a shower. “I kinda peeped over. He was having a word, really trying just bring one of our team-mates up, help him out mentally and like get him back on track. “I listened to most of the conversation and it was really good stuff what he was saying. That’s when I realised this guy is really a legit dude for doing that. Most players it would be like ‘we all have our troubles … ah, whatever”, but he went out of his way to really help the dude out.”