The Oklahoma City Thunder put together a 59-win regular season, but fell to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.
It was still a great year in many ways and we continue with a series of articles that will look back at the 2013-14 to evaluate everyone’s performance. Derek Fisher was first, followed by the report card for Nick Collison.
Today, it’s Steven Adams’ turn.
Steven Adams was a surprise to even be in the NBA draft in 2013 after a solid, but unspectacular, freshman season at the University of Pittsburgh. He averaged 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and two blocked shots per game in 23.4 minutes for the 24-9 Panthers in 2012-13, finishing fourth in the Big East Conference with a 57.1 field goal percentage and two blocked shots per game.
The 7-foot center finished the year with two double-doubles, including a 13-point, 11-rebound performance as Pitt was bounced by Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA.
But Adams declared for the draft anyway and wound up going 12th overall to the Thunder, becoming the first native of New Zealand to be selected in the NBA Draft.
Adams wound up playing in 81 of Oklahoma City’s 82 games, starting 20 when Kendrick Perkins was sidelined with a groin injury.
He put up 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game, shooting 50.3 percent from the floor and 58.1 percent from the line. His per-36 minutes numbers weren’t astounding—eight points, 10 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals—but they weren’t bad, either.