Friday, October 18, 2013
Adams primed for big rookie role?
By Joe Kaiser
No matter what Steven Adams does in preseason action, it seems that the sentiment coming out of Oklahoma City remains the same: The talented 7-foot rookie still has a long ways to go. Could Thursday night's 10-point, 15-rebound showing against New Orleans change all that?
Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman has gone on record predicting that Hasheem Thabeet will win the backup center spot ahead of Adams, and following the rookie's big game he addressed that.
"Maybe Adams is narrowing the gap for minutes this season. Maybe I’ll be wrong about how many meaningful games he’ll see as a rookie," he wrote. "But the way (Scott) Brooks spoke about Adams after the game confirmed my suspicions. He just doesn’t trust young players to do the little things consistently. One double-double is not going to change that."
“He had a great game,” Brooks told the newspaper. “It’s going to be hard to duplicate 10 points, 15 rebounds. Those are All-Star numbers.”
This continues to be one of the more interesting position battles of the preseason, and there's one key factor to consider here. While it's pretty much established what Thabeet will bring to the table on a nightly basis, that can't yet be said for Adams, and if the rookie can continue to pound the offensive glass like he has in several preseason games it'll certainly make it very difficult for Brooks to go with Thabeet, whose averaged 2.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG and 0.9 BPG in his four-year career, ahead of Adams.