Adams was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Thunder, becoming the first New Zealander in history to be drafted in the first round. The center played 81 games (20 starts) in his rookie season, averaging 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.8 minutes. Adams debuted with two points and three rebounds in 18 minutes against the Jazz on Oct. 30. The 20-year old scored a season-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a home win over Detroit on Nov. 8. That was his best performance of the campaign and one of three outings with 10-plus points (and his lone double-double). On Feb. 15, he participated in the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend -- logging six points, two rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 17 minutes. Adams also registered a career-best six steals March 24 against the Nuggets. The Thunder finished with a 59-23 record as the West's second seed. They beat the Grizzlies (4-3) and Clippers (4-2) before losing to the Spurs (2-4) in Round 3. Adams appeared in all but one of the 19 games and averaged 3.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 18.4 minutes.2014
Adams appeared in 70 games and started 67 for the Thunder in 2014-15 after starting just 20 times in the previous campaign. The New Zealander averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.2 blocks in 25.3 minutes. The 21-year old shot 54.4 percent from the field, more than doubling his field-goal attempts from 2.3 to 5.7 per game. On Nov. 16, Adams posted a career-high six blocks in a home loss to the Rockets. His best performance came Dec. 25, which featured a season-best 16 points to go with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in a win over the Spurs. The center scored 16 points two more times and notched 10 double-doubles over the season. He also grabbed 20 rebounds Jan. 21 against the Wizards, and the 16 defensive boards that night were a career high. Adams missed 11 straight games between February and March after breaking his right finger, forcing him to skip the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2015 All-Star Weekend. The Thunder finished with a 45-37 record but did not qualify for the playoffs.2015
Adams appeared in 80 games for the Thunder in 2015-16, all as a starter. The center averaged 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.1 blocks over 25.2 minutes. He also shot a career-high 61.3 from the field. On Jan. 10, the New Zealander scored a career-best 17 points to go with 10 rebounds in a loss to the Trail Blazers. He scored 17 points again on April 12 against the Spurs, while grabbing nine rebounds. Those were Adams' best performances of the season, and he scored in double digits 25 times. He also notched six double-doubles and grabbed 10-plus boards on 12 occasions, including a season-high 15 rebounds against the Lakers on April 11. The 22-year old also had five blocks Nov. 8 against the Suns. The Thunder finished with a 55-27 record as the West's third seed. They defeated the Mavericks (4-1) and Spurs (4-2) before falling to the Warriors (3-4) in Round 3. Adams started all 18 contests and averaged 10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. He had a great Game 2 against the Spurs with 12 points and 17 boards.2016
Adams re-signed with the Thunder on a four-year deal before the season. He saw an increase in his offensive role in 2016-17 while playing 80 games (all starts). The center went from 8.0 points per game in his prior campaign to 11.3. He also averaged 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 29.9 minutes. Adams shot 57.1 from the field and registered a career-high 61.1 percent from the free throw line. On Dec. 9, Adams posted a season-high 24 points (8-of-9 FG) to go with 10 rebounds in a loss to the Rockets. The New Zealander then grabbed 14 rebounds, also a season best, on Dec. 29 against the Grizzlies. He notched 16 double-doubles, scoring in double digits 48 times and posted 10-plus rebounds on 26 occasions. The Thunder finished with a 47-35 record as the West's No. 6 seed but fell in five games to Houston. Adams played all five contests, which included an 18-point, seven-rebound, three-block effort in Game 4. The center averaged 8.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks over 31.4 minutes during the playoffs.2017
Adams' game has matured in each of his first five NBA seasons. The 2017-18 campaign was his best to date. Buoyed by a career-high 32.7 of run, Adams posted career highs in average points (13.9), rebounds (9.5) and assists (1.6). Adams started all 76 of his game for the Thunder, posting a whopping 28 double-doubles. Adams' best performance of the regular season was a 22-point, 17-rebound effort against Cleveland on Feb. 13. He also racked up 19 points and 16 rebounds in the season-ending Game 6 loss to Utah on April 27. Overall, Adams finished the season shooting a whopping 62.9 percent from the field. Defensively, Adams averaged at least one block (1.0) for a third straight season. He also averaged a career-best 1.2 steals. The New Zealander has excellent hands for a big man, which allows him to be an active defender in addition to scoring around the basket. An effective two-way player, Adams' best days are ahead of him.2018
Steven Adams remained a constant for the Thunder through the 2018-19 season and saw his dedication pay off as he registered increases in many statistical categories. Adams started at center in all 80 games that he played and saw his playing time increase slightly, as he averaged 33.4 minutes per game. He started the season with three straight double-doubles and totaled 29 double-doubles during the season. He notched two games with more than 20 rebounds, with one of them being a 20-point, 23-rebound outing. Adams put up 13.8 points per game, as he saw increases in his field goals attempted and made per game. He shot 59.5 percent from the field. All but two of his 809 shot attempts were two-pointers. Adams earned an average of 3.7 free throws per game and shot 50 percent from the line. He also put up increased numbers with 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while maintaining right around his career-average 1.0 blocks per game. Adams played all five games for the Thunder during the playoffs 2019 against the Trail Blazers. Adams averaged 11.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in the five-game series.
June 27, 2013Drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
July 12, 2013Signed a rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
October 31, 2016Signed a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.