Steven Adams
Steven Adams
27-Year-Old CenterC
New Orleans Pelicans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Adams saw a reduced workload in 2019-20, playing 26.7 minutes per game -- his lowest mark since 2015-16. The big man was still effective and fantasy-relevant, averaging 10.9 points on 59.2 percent shooting, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 combined blocks-plus-steals. Adams also collected 22 double-doubles and three games with at least 15 points and 15 boards. During the offseason, he was dealt from the Thunder -- the team that drafted him -- to the Pelicans as OKC cleaned house. With the Pelicans, Adams figures to start at center and could see a similar workload and usage. New Orleans will likely try to bring second-year center Jaxon Hayes along, and Zion Williamson could see some action at center as well. However, given that the Pelicans play at a fast pace, it wouldn't be surprising for Adams to see a bump raw production. Ultimately, it seems like Adams can continue to be drafted anywhere from the fifth round on. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $35 million contract extension with the Pelicans in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Steven Adams is the first ever first-round pick and lottery pick to come out of New Zealand throughout NBA Draft history. He was drafted in 2013. Adams is one of 18 siblings, six of whom played basketball for New Zealand. All of his brothers range in height from 6-feet-10 to 6-feet-11. His sisters are all between 6-feet-5 and 6-feet-6. It's a big family. Steven's half-sister, Dame Valerie Adams, is a two-time Olympic shot put gold medalist as well as a four-time World Champion. Adams plays the guitar and is a Meatloaf fan. He's been conducting free basketball camps for kids in New Zealand since 2013. Follow Adams on Twitter @RealStevenAdams and on Instagram @stevenadams.

College/International Summary

Before the NBA, Adams followed an interesting path. He graduated from Scotts College (a prep school in the suburbs of Strathmore Wellington, New Zealand) in December 2011. While at Scotts, he also played ball for the Wellington Saints of New Zealand's National Basketball League. Adams played without pay to maintain his American college eligibility. The big center then moved to the United States and enrolled at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts for one semester. Playing for Notre Dame helped Adams better understand American basketball. He then enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in June 2012. Adams stayed at Pitt for one season, starting in 32 games. He averaged 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting an impressive 57.1 percent from the field. That production led to Adams being named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Adams then declared for the 2013 NBA Draft and was selected 12th overall by the Thunder.

Inks two-year extension
CNew Orleans Pelicans
November 23, 2020
Adams signed a two-year, $35 million contract extension with the Pelicans on Monday, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.
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Adams was dealt from the Thunder to the Pelicans on Saturday, and the team has elected to lock him up for the next two years by offering him $35 million guaranteed. He's expected to slot in as the starting center in New Orleans and will get a chance to team up with the 2019 first-round selection, Zion Williamson, at power forward.
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Appearing in 63 games for the Thunder in 2019-20, Adams averaged 10.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, a career-high 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game. In terms of NBA ranks, Adams finished 13th in total rebounds (583), sixth in field-goal percentage (59.2), 19th in offensive rating (122.1) and 20th in defensive rating (105.7). On Nov. 18, in a game against the Clippers, Adams recorded a career-high six assists in 27 minutes, plus nine points, 10 rebounds and two steals. On Dec. 6, in a win over the Timberwolves, Adam blocked a season-high four shots. He would go on to reach that mark another two times throughout the season. A month later, Adams scored a season-high 24 points in 35 minutes against the 76ers, also recording 15 rebounds, two blocks and one assist. The next day, in a win over Brooklyn, Adams secured a season-high 18 boards to go along with 10 points, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. The big man swiped a season-high four steals on Feb. 11 against the Spurs, and he reached that mark one more time on Feb. 21 during a win over the Nuggets. That Feb. 21 effort was arguably his best performance of the season, with Adams accumulating 19 points (7-14 FG, 5-6 FT), 17 rebounds (seven offensive), four steals, two assists and two blocks with no turnovers in 32 minutes. Across seven playoff appearances against the Rockets, Adams averaged 10.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 30.0 minutes.

2018

Steven Adams remained a constant for the Thunder through the 2018-19 season and saw his dedication pay off as he registered increases in many statistical categories. Adams started at center in all 80 games that he played and saw his playing time increase slightly, as he averaged 33.4 minutes per game. He started the season with three straight double-doubles and totaled 29 double-doubles during the season. He notched two games with more than 20 rebounds, with one of them being a 20-point, 23-rebound outing. Adams put up 13.8 points per game, as he saw increases in his field goals attempted and made per game. He shot 59.5 percent from the field. All but two of his 809 shot attempts were two-pointers. Adams earned an average of 3.7 free throws per game and shot 50 percent from the line. He also put up increased numbers with 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while maintaining right around his career-average 1.0 blocks per game. Adams played all five games for the Thunder during the playoffs 2019 against the Trail Blazers. Adams averaged 11.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in the five-game series.

2017

Adams' game has matured in each of his first five NBA seasons. The 2017-18 campaign was his best to date. Buoyed by a career-high 32.7 of run, Adams posted career highs in average points (13.9), rebounds (9.5) and assists (1.6). Adams started all 76 of his game for the Thunder, posting a whopping 28 double-doubles. Adams' best performance of the regular season was a 22-point, 17-rebound effort against Cleveland on Feb. 13. He also racked up 19 points and 16 rebounds in the season-ending Game 6 loss to Utah on April 27. Overall, Adams finished the season shooting a whopping 62.9 percent from the field. Defensively, Adams averaged at least one block (1.0) for a third straight season. He also averaged a career-best 1.2 steals. The New Zealander has excellent hands for a big man, which allows him to be an active defender in addition to scoring around the basket. An effective two-way player, Adams' best days are ahead of him.

2016

Adams re-signed with the Thunder on a four-year deal before the season. He saw an increase in his offensive role in 2016-17 while playing 80 games (all starts). The center went from 8.0 points per game in his prior campaign to 11.3. He also averaged 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 29.9 minutes. Adams shot 57.1 from the field and registered a career-high 61.1 percent from the free throw line. On Dec. 9, Adams posted a season-high 24 points (8-of-9 FG) to go with 10 rebounds in a loss to the Rockets. The New Zealander then grabbed 14 rebounds, also a season best, on Dec. 29 against the Grizzlies. He notched 16 double-doubles, scoring in double digits 48 times and posted 10-plus rebounds on 26 occasions. The Thunder finished with a 47-35 record as the West's No. 6 seed but fell in five games to Houston. Adams played all five contests, which included an 18-point, seven-rebound, three-block effort in Game 4. The center averaged 8.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks over 31.4 minutes during the playoffs.

2015

Adams appeared in 80 games for the Thunder in 2015-16, all as a starter. The center averaged 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.1 blocks over 25.2 minutes. He also shot a career-high 61.3 from the field. On Jan. 10, the New Zealander scored a career-best 17 points to go with 10 rebounds in a loss to the Trail Blazers. He scored 17 points again on April 12 against the Spurs, while grabbing nine rebounds. Those were Adams' best performances of the season, and he scored in double digits 25 times. He also notched six double-doubles and grabbed 10-plus boards on 12 occasions, including a season-high 15 rebounds against the Lakers on April 11. The 22-year old also had five blocks Nov. 8 against the Suns. The Thunder finished with a 55-27 record as the West's third seed. They defeated the Mavericks (4-1) and Spurs (4-2) before falling to the Warriors (3-4) in Round 3. Adams started all 18 contests and averaged 10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. He had a great Game 2 against the Spurs with 12 points and 17 boards.

2014

Adams appeared in 70 games and started 67 for the Thunder in 2014-15 after starting just 20 times in the previous campaign. The New Zealander averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.2 blocks in 25.3 minutes. The 21-year old shot 54.4 percent from the field, more than doubling his field-goal attempts from 2.3 to 5.7 per game. On Nov. 16, Adams posted a career-high six blocks in a home loss to the Rockets. His best performance came Dec. 25, which featured a season-best 16 points to go with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in a win over the Spurs. The center scored 16 points two more times and notched 10 double-doubles over the season. He also grabbed 20 rebounds Jan. 21 against the Wizards, and the 16 defensive boards that night were a career high. Adams missed 11 straight games between February and March after breaking his right finger, forcing him to skip the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2015 All-Star Weekend. The Thunder finished with a 45-37 record but did not qualify for the playoffs.

2013

Adams was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Thunder, becoming the first New Zealander in history to be drafted in the first round. The center played 81 games (20 starts) in his rookie season, averaging 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.8 minutes. Adams debuted with two points and three rebounds in 18 minutes against the Jazz on Oct. 30. The 20-year old scored a season-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a home win over Detroit on Nov. 8. That was his best performance of the campaign and one of three outings with 10-plus points (and his lone double-double). On Feb. 15, he participated in the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend -- logging six points, two rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 17 minutes. Adams also registered a career-best six steals March 24 against the Nuggets. The Thunder finished with a 59-23 record as the West's second seed. They beat the Grizzlies (4-3) and Clippers (4-2) before losing to the Spurs (2-4) in Round 3. Adams appeared in all but one of the 19 games and averaged 3.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 18.4 minutes.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 12, 2013
    Signed a rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • October 31, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • November 21, 2020
    Traded to the Pelicans in an unspecified package.
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Adams improved his play once again in 2018-19, matching a career-high with 13.9 points and setting new career highs with 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.5 combined blocks/steals in 33.4 minutes per night. He produced 29 double-doubles in 80 games and showed that he could be a force on both ends of the court. His defense and rebounding give him a high fantasy floor, and his ability to score when needed (13 games of at least 20 points last season) gives him some upside as well. Adams' role and production have grown each of the last three seasons, and with Russell Westbrook gone, there's a good chance it could grow again in 2019-20 with increased opportunities for points and rebounds. The Thunder added Danilo Gallinari through the Westbrook trade, but as a stretch-four, he's not a threat to take work from Adams. Adams is likely to see heavy minutes in the frontcourt once again, and his risk of missing time is minimal, as he's missed just 25 games over his six-year career. The 26-year-old center still has room for improvement, and another statistical jump wouldn't be surprising. As the Thunder begin to rebuild in the post-Westbrook era, Adams should be a stabilizing force and a valuable fantasy contributor across multiple categories.
Adams, who has been Oklahoma City’s starting center over the past four campaigns, cracked 30 minutes per game for the first time as a pro last season. He set career highs nearly across the board, averaging 13.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and a combined 2.2 steals/blocks. Notably, he ranked second in the league in total offensive rebounds (384), fourth in field-goal percentage (62.9) and collected 28 double-doubles across 76 appearances. In addition to his quality play, Adams’ Fantasy value gets a boost due to his nearly spotless health, averaging 77.4 games played through his first five seasons. General Manager Sam Presti opted to improve the Thunder’s extremely thin bench over the offseason, bringing in free agent Nerlens Noel. However, the move isn't expected to affect Adams’ playing time, as Noel hasn't quite lived up to his potential and signed a deal just worth under $2 million per year. Overall, Adams’ Fantasy stock should remain similar to last season, though improvement is still feasible considering he just turned 25 years old.
Adams enters the first year of his four-year, $100 million contract extension as one of the league’s up-and-coming centers. The contract and high praise seem to be warranted from a basketball perspective, but not as much from a Fantasy perspective. Still only 24 years old, Adams compiled career-best averages of 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals last season. That made him valuable across just about every format, but 28 other players outrebounded Adams on a per-game basis while 34 other players blocked more shots per game -- Adams averaged exactly one block per game last season. Granted, he’ll have a chance to surpass those career-best averages yet again this coming season, but the ceiling is low considering that Russell Westbrook and Paul George will seemingly dominate every Thunder possession.
While his value largely comes on the defensive end, Adams was able to shore up some of his offensive deficiencies in his second season as a full-time starter, averaging a career-high 8.0 points per game while shooting 61.3 percent from the floor. Despite the increase in scoring, he saw his playing time remain nearly the same as the year before, receiving 25.2 minutes per outing. However, Adams could push for additional time during the upcoming season after his coming-out party in the playoffs. Over 18 postseason tilts, Adams averaged 10.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 30.7 minutes per game, providing the Thunder with a dependable anchor at the back end against some of the Western Conference’s top teams. With Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka no longer with the team, Adams will have ample opportunity to raise his outputs on both ends of the floor in 2016-17. Adams is bound for restricted free agency arriving next summer, and since a breakout season could make him a hot commodity on the open market, he’ll have every incentive to take on a more increased role for the Thunder.
Adams averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 25 minutes per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from the line last season. He beat out Kendrick Perkins for the starting job last season, starting 67 of the 70 games he played. With Billy Donovan taking over the coaching reigns for the Thunder, it's unclear whether Adams or former Jazz big man Enes Kanter will earn the starting center spot. Kanter was the starter at the end of the season while Adams recovered from a broken hand, but no one knows what Donovan is thinking in regard to the Thunder's rotation. While Adams is extremely limited on offense, he has proven to be a defensive anchor for the Thunder. At age 22, he is still very young and has room to develop his game beyond the paint. Although the 7-footer will split time with Kanter this season, he could have sleeper value in most formats if he develops more on offense this season and sees enough minutes.
The 12th overall pick from the 2013 draft played in 81 games as a rookie, making 20 starts in all. Adams played 15 minutes per game and averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, and 0.5 steals during the regular season but saw his role grow come playoff time. He averaged 22 minutes in the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Clippers and 23 minutes per game in the Western Conference finals versus the San Antonio Spurs, with the seven-footer's athleticism and high-energy play consistently earning him more minutes than starter Kendrick Perkins. Only 21 years old, the potential is certainly there for Adams, though he'll need to work on his free-throw shooting after connecting on only 58 percent of his attempts in 2013-14. Regardless, we believe there's a strong possibility the young Kiwi will take over as the team's starting center sooner rather than later, giving him some sleeper appeal in most formats.
The rookie from Pitt impressed NBA cognoscenti with his measurables and upside enough to be a lottery pick. The native of New Zealand did not put up numbers as a college freshman and will require a great deal of seasoning to become Nick Collison 2.0.
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Dealt to New Orleans
CNew Orleans Pelicans
November 21, 2020
The Thunder are finalizing a deal to send Adams to the Pelicans, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Posts 14 boards again in win
COklahoma City Thunder
September 1, 2020
Adams delivered six points (3-9 FG, 0-0 3Pt, 0-0 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes of Monday's 104-100 defeat of Houston.
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Grabs 14 boards
COklahoma City Thunder
August 29, 2020
Adams went for 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-2 FT) and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes during Saturday's 114-80 Game 5 loss against the Rockets.
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Logs 26 minutes in Game 4 win
COklahoma City Thunder
August 24, 2020
Adams (knee) managed 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes during Monday's 117-114 Game 4 win over the Rockets.
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Cleared for Game 4
COklahoma City Thunder
August 24, 2020
Adams (knee) doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Monday's Game 4 matchup with the Rockets, Erik Gee of SI.com reports.
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