After a breakthrough playoff campaign, the emphasis is on Steven Adams to produce throughout the regular season for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Kiwi stepped up for the Thunder during their run to the conference finals, producing 10.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per night while being a real nuisance on defence.
With Kevin Durant now in Oakland, there is an expectation on the likes of Adams, Kyle Singler, Victor Oladipo and Andre Roberson to step up and attempt to fill the gap.
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The 23-year-old continued his strong preseason with a 20-point double-double against the Minnesota Timberwolves and produced the highlight play of the night with a huge rebound and dunk.
After Russell Westbrook missed a jump shot, Adams rose high above Cole Aldrich to grab the ball before posterizing the T-Wolves man with a vicious slam.
On the night, the former Pittsburg Panther shot an impressive 53 percent from the field on his 15 attempts and was a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. He also had four blocks, one steal and one assist to go with his 11 rebounds.
At such a young age, the future is bright for the Rotorua native, and he could be in contention for Most Improved Player this season.