Former Pitt center Steven Adams is in his fifth year in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder. And while his team isn’t looking so hot at 8-11, Adams is having the best year of his career so far.
We’re only about a quarter of the way through the season so Adams has a lot of work ahead of him. But so far, he’s averaging career-bests in points (12.4), rebounds (8.1), blocks (1.2), steals (1.4), and field goal percentage (64%).
Adams has also dramatically improved his work at the free throw line. Last season, he shot 61% from the stripe, which had been the best in his career. He’s on pace to shatter that this season, making over 71% of his attempts from the line. Adams was an awful free throw shooter early in his career, connecting on under 60% of his tries in each of his first three years, so he’s shown a lot of improvement there this year.
Currently, the Thunder are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for ninth place in the Western Conference and would be just outside of the Playoffs if the season ended today. But if Adams keeps contributing, he should have the Thunder in the hunt for the postseason.