Starting in Game 2, he began a run of nine consecutive games with at least one blocked shot. He had nine rebounds in 18 minutes in a big Game 3 win. And in the closeout Game 6, Adams may have had his most important professional performance.
With Serge Ibaka sidelined because of a calf injury, Adams played a career-high 40 minutes and compiled 10 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high plus/minus of +17.
He was lauded by all after the game, including Reggie Jackson, known for his occasional hyperbole, calling Adams a “potential Hall of Famer.”
“I think we can all look back on this season and say it was very productive for Steven,” Presti said.
Adams’ postseason renaissance continued in the Spurs series, where he remained a bright spot. And even though, externally, this was viewed as a “championship or bust” season, plenty of good came from the Thunder surviving a Memphis scare and advancing deep into the conference finals, despite eventual elimination.
And the biggest of those positives, arguably, was another month of development for Adams.
“The opportunity to be able to play gave us more opportunity to learn (about Adams),” Presti said. “But that 10-game stretch shouldn’t really change our thinking too much.”
Hard not to factor it in, though.