The Oklahoma City Thunder have made the long-awaited decision to start young center Steven Adams and move Kendrick Perkins to the bench, according to The Oklahoman.
Adams, who is only 21 years old, is a better fit for the current Thunder roster, which is centered around young talent. Perkins was brought in to add a veteran presence, but that has become less of an issue as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have matured.
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Adams learned that he would get the start when a media member asked how he learned about the switch.
“When’d I learn?” Adams said. “You just told me.”
Adams' numbers were impressive in his short minutes, averaging 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in his first NBA season. He has provided tough basketball in that time and drawn the ire of opponents. Some of that comes from Stevens' penchant for fouling, something he needs to improve on.
“I have to be much smarter about fouling,” Adams said. “It’s really hard to find the balance between being physical and trying not to foul. I just go up to the refs, most of the refs are good, actually all of them.
"They’ll warn me first ‘Ah, cut that out, don’t do this, don’t bite them, stuff like that.’ I guess I’ll get in a lot of foul trouble anyway, that’s what I’m thinking. Just cause I play a bit rough.”