Minus Hassan Whiteside, the 7’0”, 255 lb Adams could present quite a challenge at the rim for Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk, as the Heat try to fend off his famous All-Star teammates on the formidable Oklahoma City team.
For men on the Thunder who played at least 50 games, Adams leads OKC in blocks at 1.1 per game, FG% at 63.4%, points per shot at 1.49, and is second in each of the following stats: rebounds at 8.9, double-doubles with 24, +/- at 4.5, PER at 21.1.
Adams’ top-10 video clip includes his payback to Draymond Green.
Adams sets a mean screen on Patrick Beverley, so maybe Tyler Johnson should wear a helmet for the game.
As the Heat take on the Thunder Friday night, they could take note of the 25-point contribution Adams made in his team’s win over the Toronto Raptors.
ESPN gives OKC a 73% chance to win the game, so the question is how the Heat could make their 27% into a win.
Adams may not have the name awareness of his teammates, but he’s an important cog in their machine as Jimmy Butler pointed out in his NFSV description.