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.