Steven Adams

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Steven Adams
Steven Adams 11.JPG
No. 12 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionCenter
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 20)
Rotorua, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Listed height7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High schoolNotre Dame Prep
(Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
CollegePittsburgh (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2013–presentOklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
 
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Steven Adams
Steven Adams 11.JPG
No. 12 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionCenter
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 20)
Rotorua, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Listed height7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High schoolNotre Dame Prep
(Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
CollegePittsburgh (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro playing career2011–present
Career history
2013–presentOklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993)[1] is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing college basketball for the Pittsburgh Panthers, he was labeled a top international prospect for the NBA.[2] Adams was selected by the Thunder with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Early life[edit]

His father, Sid Adams, was an Englishman who settled in New Zealand after serving in the Royal Navy. Steven is the youngest of Sid's 18 children with five different women; his mother is Tongan. Steven's siblings and half-siblings are notable for their unusual size and athletic prowess. Adams' brothers average 6'9" (2.06 m), and his sisters average 6' (1.83 m).[3]

One of Adams' sisters is Olympic gold medal shot-putter, Valerie Adams.[3] One of Adams' brothers is NBL player, Sid Adams, Jr.[4][5]

Overcoming adversity[edit]

Adams has identified his father's death in 2006 as one of the defining events of his life. In a 2012 interview, Adams recalled:

When I lost my dad, that was a big hit for me. I didn't have that parental guidance, and I kind of took advantage of it because I was a stupid idiot. I decided not to go to school a couple of times, go when I felt like it. I always lied to my brothers and sisters. They'd ask: 'Are you going to school?' I'd say 'yeah.' They eventually found out.[3]

One of his brothers, Warren,[6] stepped in to fill the gap, inviting Adams to move from his hometown Rotorua to Wellington and live with him. The brother placed him in a local basketball academy, and the head of the academy arranged for him to attend Scots College. Although some commentators in New Zealand believed Adams would not qualify to play for college ball, he did well enough to qualify academically to play in the NCAA.[3]

Basketball[edit]

High school career[edit]

After graduating from Scots College in December 2011, Adams enrolled at Notre Dame Preparatory School, a well-known basketball prep school in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, for one semester.[3] He was rated as the number 6 player in the ESPNU 100 class of 2012.[7]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Steven Adams
C
Rotorua, New ZealandNotre Dame Preparatory School7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)250 lb (110 kg)Jul 5, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A   ESPN grade: 97


College career[edit]

Adams attended the University of Pittsburgh in 2012–13 where he made the Big East All-Rookie Team. During his freshman season, he averaged 7.2 points on 57.1% FG, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game. His field goal percentage ranked 1st, blocks 2nd and rebounds 6th amongst first year players in Pittsburgh's history. He declared for the draft following his only season at Pittsburgh.[8]

Professional career[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

In 2011, Adams played for the Wellington Saints in the New Zealand NBL.[9] Adams won the Rookie of the Year award, and helped Wellington to win the NBL championship over the Hawke's Bay Hawks. Adams left New Zealand in January 2012 to enroll at Notre Dame Preparatory School.

NBA Draft[edit]

On April 2, 2013, Adams declared for the 2013 NBA draft, which took place on June 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He became the first New Zealander to be selected in the first round of an NBA draft when the Oklahoma City Thunder chose him with the 12th overall pick. He is also the first player out of Pittsburgh to be selected in the first round since 1999 when Vonteego Cummings was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 26th overall pick.[10][11]

Oklahoma City Thunder[edit]

On July 12, 2013, Adams signed with the Thunder.[12] Later that month, he helped the Thunder become the first-ever champions of the Orlando Summer League with an 85–77 victory over the Houston Rockets.[13] On November 8, 2013, he recorded his first double-double with a career high 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steven Adams Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
  2. ^ "13 - Steven Adams". nbadraft.net. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Fittipaldo, Ray (October 7, 2012). "Pitt big man Steven Adams' backstory is as interesting as his future is intriguing". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Te Huna's team ready to bounce
  5. ^ SID ADAMS basketball profile
  6. ^ "Steven Adams, UPitt Profile". Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Steven Adams". ESPN.com. Retrieved 12/5/2012. 
  8. ^ "Thunder Signs Steven Adams and Andre Roberson". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 12, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Player statistics for Steve Adams". SportingPulse.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Kiwi Steven Adams declares for NBA draft
  11. ^ Golliver, Ben (June 27, 2013). "Steven Adams selected No. 12 by Thunder in NBA draft". SI.com. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Thunder Signs Steven Adams and Andre Roberson". NBA.com. July 12, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ Recap: Thunder 85, Rockets 77
  14. ^ "OKC Thunder: Steven Adams shines again as Thunder trims Pistons". NewsOK.com. November 8, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 

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