Steven 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.
Adams finished with 18 points (8-10 FG, 2-5 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Rockets in Game 4. Adams scored more points in Sunday's Game 4 than he had in the rest of the series combined, and this was also the first time this series that he saw more than 28 minutes. Adams will likely need to play at this type of level for the Thunder to have any chance at making a comeback against the Rockets, who enter Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston boasting a 3-1 lead.
Adams provided 16 points (6-7 FG, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 35 minutes in a 110-94 win over the Kings on Saturday. After a stretch where he was limited to single-digit points in four of five games, Adams has heated up since March 9. In his five contests since then, Adams has put up no fewer than 10 points in any contest while also chipping in 7.6 boards, 1.6 steals and 1.2 assists per contest. It probably represents the extent of Adams' upside as a scorer so long as Russell Westbrook remains healthy, but the 23-year-old looks like he's returned to form as a reliable, albeit low-upside fantasy option at center.
Adams submitted four points (1-1 FG, 2-5 FT) and three rebounds across 29 minutes in a 126-121 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Adams followed up his 19-point effort Sunday against the Mavericks -- his best scoring total since Feb. 9 -- with a dud on the offensive end, but that's been par for the course of late for the center. He's been held to single-digit points in four of his last five contests, and while the Thunder aren't depending on Adams for much scoring, the team's lack of secondary offensive production beyond MVP candidate Russell Westbrook is becoming more of an issue, with Oklahoma City having now dropped four games in a row.
Adams finished with nine points (3-4 FG, 3-6 FT) while grabbing 10 rebounds in Friday's 118-111 loss over 30 minutes against the Suns. Adams also chipped in with an assist, blocked shot and a steal. His offense tends to come and go but Adams remains a reliable source of rebounds with occasional blocked shots and steals for his fantasy owners. Adams is averaging 8.6 boards per game over his past seven outings.
Adams finished with 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-6 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes Saturday during a 130-114 loss to the Warriors. The athleticism and length of Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee and Draymond Green were too much for Adams to handle Saturday. The Warriors kept Adams off the glass the whole night and limited him to one-handed midrange push shots. In fact, the last time Adams failed to grab more than three rebounds was December 4th, 34 games ago.
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