Steven Adams

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Steven Adams
Steven Adams (32049572304).jpg
Adams with the Thunder in February 2017
No. 12 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionCenter
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 25)
Rotorua, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High schoolRotorua Lakes
(Rotorua, New Zealand)
Scots College
(Wellington, New Zealand)
Notre Dame Prep
(Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
CollegePittsburgh (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011Wellington Saints
2013–presentOklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one season with his hometown team Wellington Saints in 2011, Adams moved to the United States in 2012 to play college basketball for Pittsburgh. In June 2013, he was selected by the Thunder with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Early life[edit]

Adams was born in New Zealand to a Tongan mother and an English father. His father, Sid Adams, served in the Royal Navy. After a career in the navy, he settled in New Zealand, where he had 18 children with five women. Many of Sid's children had sporting success due to their size and athleticism – his brothers average 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) and his sisters average 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in).[1] His half-sister, Valerie Adams, is a dual Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion shot-putter,[1] while his brothers, Warren and Sid Jr., had careers in the New Zealand National Basketball League.[2][3]

Adams has identified his father's death in 2006 as one of the defining events of his life. In a 2012 interview, Adams recalled:

When I lost my dad, that was a big hit for me. I didn't have that parental guidance, and I kind of took advantage of it because I was a stupid idiot. I decided not to go to school a couple of times, go when I felt like it. I always lied to my brothers and sisters. They'd ask: 'Are you going to school?' I'd say 'yeah'. They eventually found out.[1]

After the death of his father, his brother Warren rescued him from the streets of Rotorua and brought him to Wellington.[4] Warren began to take responsibility for Adams and introduced him to Wellington basketball legend Kenny McFadden. McFadden accepted Adams into his basketball academy, and Warren enrolled him in Scots College. The only rule McFadden had for Adams was that he had to attend school every day if he wanted to play basketball. While there was pressure for Adams to turn professional straight out of high school because it was believed he would never be able to qualify for the NCAA, Adams did well at Scots College and passed through the NCAA Clearinghouse after graduating from Scots in December 2011.[1]

In 2011, Adams played for the Wellington Saints of the National Basketball League.[5] He went unpaid by the Saints in order to keep his college eligibility.[4][5] He was named the NBL Rookie of the Year and helped the Saints win the championship. In 15 games for the Saints, he averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.[6]

Preparatory school and college[edit]

After graduating from Scots College in December 2011, Adams enrolled at Notre Dame Preparatory School, a well-known basketball prep school in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, for one semester.[1] It was arranged only so he could acclimate himself to American basketball before enrolling at Pittsburgh in June 2012.[1]

In his lone season at Pittsburgh, Adams was named the Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year and earned Big East All-Rookie Team honours.[7] He started all 32 games during the 2012–13 season and averaged 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.[8]

On 2 April 2013, Adams declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[9][10]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Pittsburgh 32 32 23.4 .571 .000 .443 6.3 0.6 0.7 2.0 7.2

Professional career[edit]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2013–present)[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

Adams (right) with the Thunder in February 2014, contesting with Kevin Séraphin of the Washington Wizards

On 27 June 2013, Adams was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, becoming the first New Zealander to be selected in the first round of an NBA draft. He also became the first player out of Pittsburgh to be selected in the first round since 1999 when Vonteego Cummings was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 26th overall pick.[11] On 12 July 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Thunder.[12] In his NBA debut on 30 October 2013, Adams recorded two points, three rebounds, one assist and three fouls in 18½ minutes off the bench against the Utah Jazz.[13] On 8 November, in just his fifth NBA game, Adams recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 119–110 win over the Detroit Pistons.[13][14] He failed to surpass either mark for the rest of the regular season.[13] He appeared in 81 games (20 starts) and averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds (9th among NBA rookies) and 0.70 blocks (9th among NBA Rookies) in 14.8 minutes.[7] In Game 6 of the Thunder's second round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Adams recorded 10 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.[13] The Thunder reached the Western Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in six games.[13] At the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Adams earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honours.[15]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 16 November 2014, Adams recorded a career-high six blocks in a 69–65 loss to the Houston Rockets.[16] On 25 December 2014, he recorded a season-high 16 points and a then career-high 15 rebounds in a 114–106 win over the San Antonio Spurs.[17] On 21 January 2015, he recorded a career-high 20 rebounds in a 105–103 overtime win over the Washington Wizards.[18] Adams missed 11 straight games over February and March with a broken ring finger on his right hand.[19][20] He scored a season-high 16 points three times during the 2014–15 season.[20]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 10 January 2016, Adams tied his career high of 17 points in a 115–110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[21] On 12 April 2016, in the Thunder's regular-season finale, Adams had another 17-point performance in a 102–98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.[22][23] In Game 2 of the Thunder's second round playoff series against the Spurs, Adams recorded 12 points and 17 rebounds.[24] In Game 4, he scored 16 points.[24] Adams helped the Thunder advance to the Western Conference Finals for the second time in three years, where in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors, he recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds.[24] Despite going up 3–1 in the series, the Thunder were defeated in seven games by the Warriors.[24]

2016–17 season[edit]

On 31 October 2016, Adams signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension with the Thunder.[25][26] On 22 November 2016, Adams scored a career-high 20 points in a 111–109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.[27][28] He surpassed that mark on 9 December 2016, scoring 24 points in a 102–99 loss to the Houston Rockets. His 17 points in the first half were a career high for a half.[29]

2017–18 season[edit]

On 1 December 2017, Adams scored a career-high 27 points on perfect shooting from the field and the free throw line to help the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111–107.[30] On 2 February 2018, he had 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 114–100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, reaching 3,000 career points. He joined Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka as the only Thunder players with at least 3,000 career points and 350 career blocks.[31] On 13 February 2018, Adams recorded 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 120–112 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[32] Twelve of his 17 rebounds against the Cavaliers were offensive, becoming the first ever Thunder player to grab 12 offensive rebounds in a match.[33][34] In Game 6 of the Thunder's first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Adams recorded 19 points and 16 rebounds in a 96–91 loss, as the Thunder bowed out of the playoffs with a 4–2 defeat.[35]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Oklahoma City 81 20 14.8 .503 .000 .581 4.1 .5 .5 .7 3.3
2014–15 Oklahoma City 70 67 25.3 .544 .000 .502 7.5 .9 .5 1.2 7.7
2015–16 Oklahoma City 80 80 25.2 .613 .000 .582 6.7 .8 .5 1.1 8.0
2016–17 Oklahoma City 80 80 29.9 .571 .000 .611 7.7 1.1 1.1 1.0 11.3
2017–18 Oklahoma City 76 76 32.7 .629 .000 .559 9.0 1.2 1.2 1.0 13.9
Career 387 323 25.5 .586 .000 .568 6.9 .9 .8 1.0 8.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Oklahoma City 18 0 18.4 .689 .000 .348 4.1 .2 .1 1.3 3.9
2016 Oklahoma City 18 18 30.7 .613 .000 .630 9.5 .7 .5 .8 10.1
2017 Oklahoma City 5 5 31.4 .643 .000 .364 6.8 1.4 1.2 1.8 8.0
2018 Oklahoma City 6 6 33.4 .587 .000 .692 7.5 1.5 .7 .7 10.5
Career 47 29 26.4 .626 .000 .558 6.9 .7 .4 1.1 7.6

Personal life[edit]

Adams enjoys playing video games; he cites Dota 2 and Smite as his favourite games.[36]

In 2018, his autobiography Steven Adams: My Life, My Fight was released.[37][38][39]

References[edit]

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