After a modest start to his NBA career over the weekend, former Pitt center Steven Adams has responded with two strong games in the summer league
Adams sat out Oklahoma City's game on Monday, but played well Tuesday, getting the start in the middle for the Thunder against the Detroit Pistons. He went 4-5 from the field, scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds. Adams didn't let up today against the Philadelphia 76ers, again going 4-5 for 13 points. He added a team-high five rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.
Even more encouraging was that Adams rebounded from a -2 +/- performance on Tuesday finishing +17 in the Thunder's win on Wednesday. Oklahoma City is 4-0 in the league.
One thing Pitt/Thunder fans should watch is Adams' propensity for foul trouble so far. He had three in his 20 minutes on Sunday and nine over the past two games. I've only seen one of his three games so far, but my guess is that he's having time guarding quicker, more athletic players.
It's early and since Adams got the bulk of the minutes at center the past two games with Daniel Orton sitting out, the reason he's producing more is that he's playing more. But he's played better since the opener and all fans can hope for is continued improvement as the summer goes on.