Steven Adams off to solid start in NBA preseason with Oklahoma City Thunder

Jamie McDonald

It's early, but so far, former Pitt center Steven Adams is finding a way to contribute for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Playing in his first NBA preseason game on Saturday, Adams played well in limited action off the bench in the team's 95-82 win over Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul. Adams played only 15 minutes, but shot 3-4 from the field and finished with seven points and six rebounds. He did have five fouls which isn't all that encouraging, but overall, a very good debut.

Adams' Thunder won again on Tuesday night, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 103-99 on the road. OKC was without Kendrick Perkins (dislocated finger) and Adams got the start. He split time with Daniel Orton and played 17 minutes, having another strong effort. He was again 3-4 from the field and finished with six points, four rebounds, and two blocks. His +11 +/- also led the team.

Adams has a long way to go and with Perkins, Orton, and Hasheem Thabeet, he'll have to fight for some playing time. But so far so good.

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