Steven Adams-Kendrick Perkins Duo Proving Formidable for Oklahoma City Thunder

December 23rd, 2014 by Dave Leonardis Leave a reply »

Steven Adams and Kendrick Perkins are the best center combination the Oklahoma City Thunder have had in years. Before stumbling across this latest duo, the franchise went through a veritable who's who of ho-hum big men such as Nenad Krstic, Robert Swift and Mouhamed Sene.

Adams and Perkins are the basketball equivalent of a "buddy cop" movie. They are two guys with contrasting styles from distinct areas of the world who are both at different stages of their respective careers. 

Perkins is a 6'10", 270-pound roadblock from Texas in the midst of his 12th NBA season. His lack of speed and athleticism make him a liability on offense, but his size and strength make him one of the best interior defenders in the league. 

Adams is a 21-year-old phenom from the University of Pittsburgh by way of New Zealand. At 7'0", 255 pounds, he has all of the tools a team would want in a pivot man. In only his second season in the pros and his first as a starter, he's still raw at both ends of the court, but has shown flashes of being a potential force inside. 

Individually, they each bring a different element to ...

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