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16. Steven Adams

16. Steven Adams

The Jason Momoa of the National Basketball Association, Steven Adams, played the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Adams made history as the first player from New Zealand to be chosen in the First Round (13th Overall in 2013).  Year after year, his playing time has increased, and in his fourth season, Adams had a breakout of sorts, cracking the double-digit mark in Points per Game while mainting a strong defensive game.  Adams was not a premier scorer, but he maintained the ten-plus mark in PPG over the rest of his tenure in OKC, and would have two campaigns where he cracked 20 in PER.  

As OKC struggled, Adams was dealt to New Orleans as part of a massive four-team trade.  With the Thunder, Adams had a 17.2 PER with averages of 9.8 Points, 7.6 Rebounds and 1.0 Blocks per Game.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 5th Overall of the NBA Draft 6/27/13.
  • Departed: Traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a four-team trade.  The Denver Nuggets traded a 2023 1st Round Pick to Oklahoma City.  The Milwaukee Bucks traded R.J. Hampton to Denver.  Milwaukee sent Eric Bledsoe, a 2024 1st Round Pick, 2025 1st Round Pick, 2026 1st Round Pick and a 2027 1st Round Pick to New Orleans.  Milwaukee traded George Hill to Oklahoma City.  New Orleans traded Jrue Holiday and Sam Merrill to Milwaukee.  New Orleans traded Zylan Cheatham, Joshia Gray, Darius Miller, Kenrich Williams, a 2023 2nd Round Pick and a 2024 2nd Round Pick 11/23/20
  • Games Played: 530
  • Per Game Averages: 26.8 MP
    .589 eFG%
    .557 FT%
    9.8 PTS
    7.6 RB
    1.2 AST
    0.9 STL
    1.0 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 17.2 PER
    .596 TS%
    8.6 VORP
    45.2 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Second Team All-Rookie (2014)

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