Overshadowed by Russell Westbrook’s Brilliance, Steven Adams Has Emerged for OKC

January 5th, 2017 by Jon Hamm Leave a reply »

The Oklahoma City Thunder fell short against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night, 123-112. Once again, Russell Westbrook packed the stat sheet with 33 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.

It's a season-long phenomenon that tends to overshadow the efforts of his teammates on a nightly basis, especially center Steven Adams.

Westbrook has understandably attracted most of the attention for his gaudy numbers this season. But while he's continued his statistical onslaught on the league, Steven Adams has quietly established himself as the team's next-most important player.

Adams scored 18 points and collected 12 rebounds against the Hornets. This came on the heels of a 20-point, eight-rebound, three-block performance in Milwaukee. He's posted four 20-plus-point games this season, and he didn't have a single one before that.


The evolution of Adams as a player is as drastic as the changes to his physical appearance.

He entered the NBA as a baby-faced backup whose primary task was to play defense and play it hard. Now in his fourth season, Adams resembles a ...

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