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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams getting work from the low block

Steven Adams could return to Oklahoma City with a new weapon. A back-to-the basket game.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 6, 2014

photo - Thunder center Steven Adams
Thunder center Steven Adams

Steven Adams could return to Oklahoma City with a new weapon.

A back-to-the basket game.

The Thunder has spent the first two days of the Orlando Pro Summer League running a ton of offense through the post, and Adams, the second-year center, got ample chances to go to work from the low block Sunday.

Adams finished with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting, showing off a pretty jump hook with his right hand on one possession and another nifty finish with his left later.

“That’s something that we want to add to Steven’s game,” said Thunder assistant and summer league coach Darko Rajakovic. “He’s a great defender, a great rim protector. But we want to have more possessions and more touches for Steven in the low post. That’s what he needs to work on and continue to develop to add to his game.”

Though he wants to improve in all areas, Adams wants to keep defense his primary focus.

“Last year I just had to really adapt to the system and figure out how I could really help the team,” Adams said. “That was really defense, and it still stands. So I still need to really work on my defense. That’s the No. 1 goal. But also working on the offensive end. We worked on it last year. Now we’re just trying to do it in the game as well.”


Semaj Christon, a second-round pick the Thunder acquired on draft night, got the start for Sunday’s game and looked comfortable and in control of the team’s offense.

The 6-foot-3 point guard out of Xavier scored 12 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

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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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