OKC Thunder Lightning Report: Steven Adams rising value

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Steven Adams. OKC Thunder (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

How the OKC Thunder’s Steven Adams is playing the best ball of his life without really changing his game.

Steven Adams is probably the most consistently impactful player the OKC Thunder have this season. Whereas most of their other guys have huge problems producing on a remotely reliable basis, Adams’ contributions stay largely the same–and thank God they do. Adams’ value to the team has absolutely skyrocketed this year and we’re quickly reaching the point where he has a case as the second-most valuable player on the team.

Obviously, Adams is going to be valuable no matter where he plays, but his skill set fits everything the OKC Thunder need this year so well that his value to the organization has risen exponentially.

He alters the game for OKC in a variety of different ways on both sides of the ball, but perhaps none more important than as a rebounder. Rebounding is just one of those things that the Thunder always seem to be elite at, and in the past few years, it’s largely been due to the contributions of Steven Adams.

Adams is probably the best rebounder on the team and he routinely keeps possessions alive for OKC offensively, while ending them after just one shot on defense. If not for him doing either of those at an elite level, Oklahoma City would arguably be in a way worse position than they are now.

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