Adams logged 24 minutes -- the most among any reserves -- and finished with six points and seven rebounds on 2 of 5 shooting from the field. He also went 2 of 4 from the charity stripe and added two assists and three blocks in a 105-91 win.
Adams has scored in double figures just once this season and has grabbed at least seven rebounds in two of his last three games played.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki has come up with a new nickname for
Nowitzki has deemed the 20-year-old Adams, who was born in New Zealand, "the white Kendrick Perkins."
What Nowitzki meant by that was that Adams showed a propensity and willingness to bang down low, a trait synonymous with Perkins. Adams had one incident during the game in which he exchanged elbows with veteran Vince Carter, and Carter was ejected from the game.
Adams played 20 minutes Wednesday and scored six points with nine rebounds, two steals and a block. He is averaging 4.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his first four games through 17.5 minutes per contest.
Adams played 18 minutes in his debut against the Jazz Wednesday, followed by 21 minutes Friday in a loss to the Timberwolves. Adams had a very strong performance in Friday's game, scoring eight points on 2 of 5 shooting, including a 4-for-6 mark at the free-throw line.
Coach Scott Brooks has been most impressed with the rookie's enthusiasm while learning. He has already surpassed Hasheem Thabeet in the team's center rotation.
"The thing I love about him is he's going to work hard. And he's going to earn his opportunities," Brooks told the Oklahoman Saturday. "And when he's called upon, his minutes are going to be played with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of effort. And if you have that, you're going to keep improving. And he’s improved the last three or four months we’ve had him."
Adams is averaging 7.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in just 22.3 minutes per game through six games, through he does have nine 15 turnovers to just three assists so far. He is likely to open the season as the team's third big man, but could eventually supplant Hasheem Thabeet as the primary backup to Kendrick Perkins.
Adams, the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft, is expected to be the third center on the depth chart this season. He could get more extensive playing time in the preseason, however, after Kendrick Perkins suffered a finger injury Saturday.
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