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Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Steven Adams' rookie season

After his reinsertion into the rotation late in the Memphis series, Adams was spectacular in spurts and key in some of OKC’s biggest wins.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 14, 2014

Foul issues: C. In the regular season, Adams averaged 8.1 fouls per 48 minutes, second most in the NBA among eligible players. But once the playoffs began and his playing time eventually ratcheted up, Adams showed improvement in that area. He only averaged 7.0 fouls per 48 in the postseason, not great but not terrible (37th highest). Moving forward, with his role expected to expand, it remains a concern.

Promise: A. Of the four teams that competed in the conference finals — the Thunder, Heat, Pacers and Spurs — Adams was the only rookie in a rotation. He appeared in 99 of OKC’s 101 games this season, gaining valuable experience on the NBA’s biggest stage. Combine that with his unique athleticism and rapidly improving skill set, and the future looks bright for the New Zealander.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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