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OKC Thunder: Steven Adams looks sharp in Thunder debut

The 12th overall pick out of Pittsburgh came off the bench in win over Indiana and had six rebounds in 20 minutes.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 7, 2013


Steven Adams, the Thunder's top draft selection, didn't disappoint in his summer league debut Sunday afternoon in Orlando.

The 12th overall pick out of Pittsburgh came off the bench in the Thunder's 76-68 win over Indiana and scored two points on 1-for-4 shooting with six rebounds in 20 minutes. But those stats belied Adams' presence on the floor, something best seen in his athleticism, activity and energy level.

He showed good awareness on defense, in the pick-and-roll and as an individual and help defender, and kept plays alive by hustling. Adams blocked two shots and showed a willingness to use his 7-foot, 255-pound frame to bang inside.

“I thought he was solid,” said Thunder coach Rex Kalamian. “I think that he has a lot to learn and he knows it. He asks a lot of questions. He's like a sponge. I think he really soaks things up very well. And he's given us good feedback on how he feels.”

Adams said the team wants to keep it simple with him. His job is to rebound, defend and running the lanes.

“I'm a work in progress,” Adams said. “I'm just taking it day by day, working hard and getting better.”


Maurice Cheeks has indeed taken a former co-worker with him to Detroit.

Cheeks hired former Thunder assistant coach Maz Trakh to join his staff.

Trakh, who joined the Thunder before the 2010-11 season, is coaching the Pistons' summer league team.

Cheeks reportedly was interested in taking Thunder assistant coach Rex Kalamian with him to Detroit. Kalamian, however, will remain in Oklahoma City. He is coaching the Thunder's summer league team.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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