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Thunder Power Rankings at the All-Star Break Pt. 3

Thunder Power Rankings at the All-Star Break Pt. 3
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#2 Steven Adams

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during a preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 7, 2018 in Tulsa, Ok. (FranchiseOK Photo/Madysson Morris)

To start things off, I think no other player was as excited for the All-Star break than Steven Adams.

Since January 1st, Adams has only registered double-digit rebounds in five of his 20 games during that stretch. Not to mention his scoring, particularly in the last three games, fell off the map. Why? Well if you’ve watched the Thunder play, you could see that Adams is dealing with something.

But fear not, the New Zealander is typically dealing with something. He also is a different animal once we get closer to the postseason.

The 7-footer has increased his scoring and rebounding every year, culminating in this season’s near-15 and 10 output. In the span of a few months, we have all seen Adams be able to not only quarterback the defense but even take his turn in running an offense.

Brady’s Take

Adams’ ability to play high up on pick-and-rolls has allowed Oklahoma City to make that one of their defensive calling cards (along with Nerlens Noel). His athleticism, basketball IQ is ever growing. While he doesn’t have the numbers to suggest he’s having a better season than Westbrook, the steady progression and understanding that all the things he does so well matter more in the postseason, gives him the edge at two on the list.

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Brady has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016. University of Oklahoma alum class of 2014. He has worked for the Franchise since April 2018. Brady co-hosts the OKC-82 Podcast and the Inside OU podcast, part of the Franchise Podcast Network. He also hosts the Locked On Thunder Podcast, part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You can hear Brady on Saturdays after football season from 10am-12 on the Franchise Thunder Insider's Show with Jerry Ramsey, Jon Hamm and Madysson Morris.

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