OKC Thunder: Steven Adams breaks out in front of national audience

In his first substantial chance, the Thunder's rookie center arrived on the NBA scene.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 7, 2013


photo - Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) battles against Dallas' Vince Carter (25) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Steven Adams (12) battles against Dallas' Vince Carter (25) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

He was the talk of the preseason, but it was only the preseason.

 He was serviceable in the first three games, but he didn't jump off the screen.

He officially won the backup center job, but Scott Brooks has been nullifying that at times with his small lineups.

Nine guys played for the Thunder in the first quarter of Wednesday night's 107-93 win over the Mavericks. None were named Steven Adams.

But over the next 36 minutes, Adams was given an extended opportunity.

And in his first substantial chance — in front of a national television audience — the Thunder's rookie center arrived on the NBA scene.

In his 20 minutes (six more than starter Kendrick Perkins), Adams compiled six points, nine rebounds, two steals and a block. He had a plus/minus of positive-8. And he had an on-court impact that far outweighed those numbers.

“He does all the little things for us,” Kevin Durant said. “He's getting better every time he steps on floor. Tonight was no different.”

Adams rebounded well in traffic, set brick wall screens and played with a toughness not usually seen by awe-struck NBA rookies.

"They have the white Kendrick Perkins now," Dirk Nowitzki told ESPN Dallas of Adams' willingness to mix it up.

At one point in the third quarter, after he snatched an offensive rebound away from two Mavericks and inadvertently elbowed Vince Carter, Carter retaliated.



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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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