3. Should Adams be a starter on opening night? Will he be?
Mayberry: Yes, he should be. I have no idea if he will be. It’s the thing I’m looking forward to most on opening night. I underestimated Adams’ role once. And I’m tempted to do it again for the same reason: Scott Brooks. I just don’t believe Brooks will pull a veteran, championship-winning player from the starting unit for a second-year player, even though the whole world can see that’s what needs to happen. If it does, I’ll be stunned.
Slater: Yes and yes. There’s no reason not to start and play Adams 30-plus minutes a night, barring foul trouble. His vast potential gives the Thunder another level to grow. He’s the future at center. Nobody’s doubting that. So why not pepper him with as much experience as possible now. Seems like a simple decision, really.
Tramel: I will guess yes, Adams will be the starter. And he should be, provided his defensive commitment is strong. Kendrick Perkins has set a high standard for plugging the middle. No way Adams will match Perk’s defensive prowess immediately, but his better offense made up for it much of the postseason. Next season, it should more than make up for it.