Steven Adams is 7’0 255 pounds and averaging close to 14 ppg to go with 9 rebounds and 1 block per game. He will be around for 3 more seasons after this one after signing a 4 year $100 million dollar contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year. For those of you who who not know much about Steven Adams let me enlighten you, this man was a key part to the Oklahoma City Thunder having the Golden State Warriors on the brink of elimination in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The Golden State Warriors made an amazing comeback on
their way to their second consecutive NBA Finals but Steven Adams was pulverizing the Warriors inside the paint and they simply had no answer for him all series.
Andre Roberson and Steven Adams wrecked havoc on the boards and on the defensive end making it tough for the Golden State Warriors with their athleticism,rebounding, and defense which was unlike anything the Warriors had faced up until that point. Back to Steven Adams though who never gets the attention he deserves, the Oklahoma City Thunder are a top 5 defense in the NBA at the moment and he is a primary reason for it. The Oklahoma City Thunder have three top flight scorers in MVP Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony just like the Golden State Warriors but they possess something the Warriors lack and that is a 7 footer who can rebound,anchor the paint, and score down low.
The Golden State Warriors are of course the favorites going into the playoffs this season but anyone thinking the Oklahoma City Thunder won’t stand a chance are fooling themselves. They might not have the strongest bench but there is a reason Sam Presti decided to extend Steven Adams and keep him in OKC for the long-haul. Jimmy Butler is one of the league’s most competitive superstars and even he had to give credit where it is due saying Steven Adams set a screen which he ran into that hit him so hard he felt like his life was over, mind you Jimmy Butler is a 6’8 small-forward who weighs 236 pounds and boast athleticism and strength like few other small-forwards in the NBA.
I was watching the Cleveland Cavaliers-Oklahoma City Thunder game a week ago and Steven Adams caught an offensive rebound off a Andre Roberson miss in the paint and he created space to lay the ball in by shoving Tristan Thompson to the side like a rag doll and laying it in, by the way he only scored 25 points and hauled down 10 rebounds. I am aware of the Golden State Warriors and how unstoppable they are due to everyone on their team being on the right page and their amazing team defense, but do we really expect Draymmond Green and Zaza Pachulia to have answer for Steven Adams in the paint? Kevin Durant is one of the Warriors’s best rebounders, all due respect to Kevin Durant who is 6’9 240 pounds but he is a tweener next to Steven Adams.
To conclude call me crazy for saying this but the Golden State Warriors and the rest of the league have their hands full with those Oklahoma City Thunder team come playoff time. Russell Westbrook is more motivated then ever and gunning for his second consecutive MVP and he has the fire power he needs to win a title this season, last season his supporting cast was not the greatest although Victor Oladipo was part of the team. A lot of people believe Russell Westbrook prevented Victor Oladipo from having the breakout season he is having this year but I somewhat disagree with that. Victor Oladipo was not in the best shape in his short lived tenure in OKC and put in a ton of work over the off-season to get to where he is now, he is averaging close to 25 ppg and leading the Indiana Pacers as their new franchise player. No team in the NBA possesses a center like Steven Adams who can anchor the paint, rebound on both ends, and serve as a go to scoring option all in one. There will be a lot of open-jaws in the 2018 NBA playoffs and Steven will be a reason why.