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OKC Thunder: Steven Adams working on low-post game

Thunder center’s free-throw shooting also needs some work.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 9, 2014

“He showed a couple of really good passes from the low post and a couple of really good moves,” said Rajakovic. “We have to be happy with that. That’s something that is adding to his game and is going to be an emphasis for the rest of the summer.”

Adams flashed a workable drop step move and a sound jump hook. He said he’s most comfortable with the jump hook, which has been on display throughout the week.

“Me and (Thunder assistant coach Mark Bryant) have been working at it for a year, all last year,” Adams said of low-post offense. “Now it’s just putting it in the games and trying to get comfortable in the games. … It’s headed in the right direction, I feel.”

But not nearly where Adams wants or needs it to be in time to be a go-to option next season.

“I’m still a (newbie), bro,” Adams said. “I’m getting better from when I started off. But I still have a long way to go in terms of reading my man and what I can get away with.”

Wednesday’s lesson came from 6-foot-9, 275-pound Pacers center Arinze Onuaku. He became one of the few men this week that Adams couldn’t budge.

“I tried to back him down and then he stripped it,” Adams recalled. “And so I’m like, ‘OK, I’ should use my speed against him.’ It’s different reads like that that I’ve got to get used to.”

Until he does, don’t look for Adams to demand post touches.

“It’s just because I ain’t really confident in my moves,” he said. “If I was more confident in my moves then I’d definitely be more demanding because I know that I’ll be able to score straight away. So that’s what I’m trying to get to.”

But Adams is confident he’ll get there.

And so is the Thunder.

“We believe that he is capable of doing this stuff, and he is making improvements,” said Rajakovic. “We’re going to make small steps every day and every week, and we believe that he’s going to be the guy who’s going to bring that for us next year.”

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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