r/nba Heat Oct 01 '22

[Wojnarowski] Memphis Grizzlies center Steven Adams has agreed on a two-year, $25.2 million contract extension, his agent Darren Matsubara of @wassbasketball tells ESPN. Adams -- an immense culture piece for a young roster -- is now tied to the Grizzlies for three years, $43.1 million. News

https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1576314729936867328?s=46&t=g0x_xtTZn2wRByosltQXww
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u/Danetss Oct 01 '22

The bodyguard 🔥

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u/BurnieTheBrony Vancouver Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

This is such good value for what Steve-O does for us man. Perfect support piece for Ja and JJJ, and he's displayed great synergy with Bane as well.

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u/preddevils6 Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

Inside out from Adams to Bane is deadly.

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u/grandchien Timberwolves Oct 02 '22

This is such good value for what Steve-O does for us man.

That’s not even Mozgov money, helluva good deal for you guys

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u/MyLlamasAccount 76ers Oct 02 '22

One does not simply obtain Mozgov money

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

And I will always love him.

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u/Lucosis Thunder Oct 02 '22

Cherish him. I'd still love to have him back in OKC as a culture setter. By all accounts he is an absolutely great locker room guy, an true enforcer on the court, and can literally manhandle anyone when shit hits the fan and guys decide to yell and pretend they're gonna throw punches. Happy as hell for him that he's getting some respect from the Grizzlies.

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u/UrbanJatt Cavaliers Oct 02 '22

Steven adams is awesome. I can't think anyone can hate him

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u/lollible Oct 01 '22

Kevin C is that you?

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u/SteamCleaner23 Oct 02 '22

Julian, right now you remind me of Kevin Costner in the Bobyguard.

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u/TranscedentalMedit8n Trail Blazers Oct 01 '22

I always think Steven Adams is like 36 since he’s been in the NBA for like forever but he’s not even 30 yet.

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u/KJTB Lakers Oct 01 '22

Dude looked like a grown man at like 22. I’m older than him and he makes me look like a child.

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u/sersleepsalot1 Oct 01 '22

Well, technically 22 is a grown man already.

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u/st3adyfreddy Oct 01 '22

As a former 22 year old and as a present day guy in my late 20s who has to train new grads/interns at my work all the time....a 22 year old is in no way a grown man.

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u/Dragonsandman Raptors Oct 02 '22

You know how Tolkien wrote that Hobbits weren’t considered adults until they hit 33? I’m starting to think the same applies to us too.

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u/AntFace Trail Blazers Oct 02 '22

I'd say that's about perfect. I wasn't "me" until my thirties, for better or for worse.

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u/ClitClipper Hawks Oct 02 '22

I'm nearly 40 and work on a college campus. A good portion of the undergrads I meet look not only young, but like children to me. And yet, when I was in college I remember feel like all my friends and I were 100% adults, even as freshmen.

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u/bodaciousboner Oct 02 '22

Just went to BC-Louisville today as a 35 year old and felt like I was at an elementary school. Wild.

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u/Mtbnz Oct 01 '22

22 is technically an adult man, but plenty of people aren't fully grown at that age.

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u/240to180 Knicks Oct 02 '22

If you have shit figured out at 22, you’re a psychopath.

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u/Fartupmybutthole Oct 02 '22

Absolutely, when you’re young you don’t realize this. 22yo me and mid-thirties me might as well be two completely different human beings.

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u/AirplaineStuff102 Oct 02 '22

You are the definition of maturity, u/fartupmybutthole

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u/thebreakfastbuffet Wizards Oct 02 '22

can confirm. i'm 30 and i don't feel fully grown at all. i have some responsibilities and i earn well enough money to pay for utilities and buy nice clothes every quarter. but i have little idea what i'm doing atm

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u/Dudedude88 Wizards Oct 02 '22

my friend said your not an adult until you get a kid.

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u/heyheysharon Timberwolves Oct 02 '22

True for me. Once you have a kid, you're playing table stakes.

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u/BriSnyScienceGuy Oct 01 '22

A 22 year old is a child that think he's a grown man.

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u/yourethegoodthings Raptors Oct 02 '22

Reminds me of the 12 O'Clock Boys in Baltimore.

The one kid says something like, "I been on this Earth for a decade and a couple years so what that make me...? A grown ass man."

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u/Jkcanwien Oct 01 '22

My peak strength in the gym was 19-22.

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u/ClitClipper Hawks Oct 02 '22

Probably the last time you could really spend the time to make strides without proper diet and recovery time. Peak athletic performance for most men comes around 27 and starts slowly fading thereafter. That is, assuming you've trained optimally up until then.

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u/BASEDME7O Knicks Oct 02 '22

Strength is the one thing that can keep accumulating until like 40. If you peak at 22 it means you just stopped lifting.

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u/JobinSkywalker 76ers Oct 02 '22

So was mine, I haven't lifted since college, but the grown man strength you get in your mid 20s is just different.

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u/spanishbbread Oct 02 '22

You get another strength boost when you become a dad.

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u/JobinSkywalker 76ers Oct 02 '22

Lol I know it brother, almost added that part, but family is visiting the inlaws for a week so I'm living vicariously as a single adult gaming and reddit addict.

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u/SwellSeason Spurs Oct 02 '22

Yeah that’s not really what they’re talking about lol

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u/sreynolds1 [BOS] James Posey Oct 01 '22

Physically sure. 22 year olds are still basically teenagers otherwise

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u/itskinotime Oct 02 '22

Lol when he had that short hair and baby face tho he def looked young. The locks and the beard add like 7 years to his looks

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u/lollible Oct 01 '22

LMAO. Now would you rather look older than your paper age, or look a decade or more younger than your paper age????

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u/NoFronto57373 Oct 01 '22

It depends, some people get more handsome as they age. A lotta baby faced guys especially.

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u/preddevils6 Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

He is our oldest player too. We are stupid young

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u/cdawg145236 Supersonics Oct 01 '22

Him being a massive contributor to the big 3 thunder the second he came into the league always make people think he was drafted around the time KD or Rus were, when in reality he was drafted by OKC about 6 years after KD.

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u/StripedSteel Thunder Oct 02 '22

He wasn't a part of the Big 3. He was the draft pick we got in the Harden trade.

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u/Cantguard-mike Bucks Oct 02 '22

Him and his like 17 brothers and sisters look the same Lmfaooo

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u/mhav21 NBA Oct 02 '22

Fun fact: Buddy Hield is actually older than him

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u/TsumuguKinagase Oct 02 '22

Normally I go "fuck, this guy's 30 already??"

A rare reversal.

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u/YpsitheFlintsider Pistons Oct 01 '22

Doesn't help that he moves like he's 36 now

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u/mykolbones Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

I love this for us. He is a great fit next to Ja and JJJ. So glad we have him and Tyus locked in for the next few years

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u/transizzle [SAC] Jason Williams Oct 01 '22

Steven Adams is 29

feels like he should be 34 or something

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u/CyberSmok3 Lakers Oct 01 '22

Atlanteans age differently

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u/extraducksauce Celtics Oct 02 '22

Actually thought he was younger

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u/WindowSenate Knicks Oct 02 '22

He was taken with one of the picks OKC got in the Harden trade which doesn’t feel like that long ago.

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u/Ramzaa_ [OKC] Steven Adams Oct 02 '22

Feels like forever ago

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u/xSGAx Thunder Oct 02 '22

literally like 10 years ago almost now.

i was at the OU/ND game when it happened. We were getting our ass kicked by Manti Te'o, and then, during 2nd half, everyone got notis that harden was traded and we took a 2nd L that day

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u/Infamous-nobody1801 Oct 02 '22

I swear to God he used to be older than me lmao

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u/brianpaulandaya Thunder Oct 02 '22

Look up pictures from early on in his career and you'd think it's a completely different dude lol

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u/GoldenBananas21 Lakers Oct 01 '22

Twitter thumbnails stay winning

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u/Biggest_Guy Raptors Oct 02 '22

I legit thought this was a post from r/nbacirclejerk

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u/BetweenTheBuzzAndMe Charlotte Bobcats Oct 01 '22

$12.6M a year for Adams is a deal for Memphis imo.

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u/foye2smith Oct 01 '22

Right, after this season that might only be 2-3 million more than the MLE. The year after it might be the MLE or less.

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u/floatersforalgernon Oct 01 '22

The sheer amount of shock I experience every time I hear contracts like this to be considered a "deal" is something else. 12 million dollars plus $600,000. That plus would have turned my life around. And he will make 21 times more than that. The gap is staggering.

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u/brundylop Warriors Bandwagon Oct 01 '22

If you too were among the ~100th best performers in a multibillion dollar industry, this would be your salary.

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u/shadynastysasshole_ San Diego Rockets Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Fr lol people be forgetting these are the best of the best. Not some lowly salaried office worker

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u/Accomplished_Pie_455 Oct 02 '22

Why aren't these people bitching about CEOs? Those fuckers make bank and pretty sure there are plenty of people that can say nothing and golf all day.

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u/kinggingernator Minneapolis Lakers Oct 02 '22

For ceos it's more the pressure than the job. If the company is failing you get blamed whether it's fair or not. Not to mention how long it takes to work up to that point. Obviously they are overcompensated but it's not a job I'd want without some SERIOUS compensation

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u/DasSchloss06 Oct 01 '22

The best janitor, teacher, <insert any other profession providing vastly more important and essential services than an athlete here> In the world wouldn’t sniff this salary either.

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u/PuzzledProgrammer 76ers Oct 01 '22

The best janitor, teacher, <insert any other profession providing vastly more important and essential services than an athlete here> in the world won’t draw 20,000 people, each paying $100/seat, on any given night to watch their work either.

That’s doesn’t diminish the importance of essential workers. They do very important work, but let’s not compare apples to oranges. It’s just comically naive.

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u/Shr1mpus Oct 01 '22

And the players aren't even the rich ones

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u/TomHanxButSatanic Trail Blazers Oct 02 '22

Kwahi Leonard is rich, Steve Balmer is wealthy.

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u/IntrinsicDawn Nuggets Oct 01 '22

Didn’t like nurkic, poetl and time lord get around that figure. Pretty much in line i think

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u/FelineNavidad Oct 01 '22

At the very least it's a good contract for salary matching in a trade. It's good to have those kind of contracts on the roster. Even if the player falls off and is a negative asset a la duncan robinson, it can make certain trade scenarios possible that otherwise wouldn't. Not that big of a risk for memphis.

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u/WaxStatue [MEM] Ja Morant Oct 02 '22

Yeah and there's a lot of folks acting crazy here not realizing it is also a huge pay cut per annum.

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u/iksnet Knicks Oct 01 '22

Every contract is good because The Cap is Rising™️, no point analyzing this

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u/ObviousAnswerGuy [NYK] John Starks Oct 01 '22

$12 millón is a good contract for Adams though

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u/Tormundo Warriors Oct 01 '22

Yeah Adam's is a beast. Huge part of their success. No idea how they got him so cheap.

He did kinda struggle in the playoffs with wolves and then warriors picking on him. Still he was super important to them getting the 2nd seed

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u/Wehavecrashed Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

They got him cheap because he was on 17m and everyone thought he was overpaid.

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u/ElectricalKeyboard San Francisco Warriors Oct 02 '22

Damn you don't gotta shut a man down like dat

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u/__kit [GSW] Leandro Barbosa Oct 02 '22

he answered the question. steven adams value greatly depends on the team. he is most valuable on a team like the grizzlies, so obviously there was no bidding war

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u/onrocketfalls NBA Oct 02 '22

12 me-yown

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u/koenigsaurus Cavaliers Oct 02 '22

Yeah rising cap or not, he’s easily worth much more than this. Great fit for him and the team.

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u/califournya 76ers Oct 01 '22

I feel like it was just yesterday that Ryan Anderson had an insane contract and it was only 20 mil

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u/bonzi_bron [CLE] J.R. Smith Oct 01 '22

I mean 20 million is pretty insane for a player like Ryan Anderson even nowadays

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u/lunabagel28 Oct 01 '22

That’s not a great example because he ended up being trash. More like the 5 yr 150 mil for Wiggins seemed insane but is pretty fair now

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u/xXRedditGod69Xx Oct 01 '22

Back when he signed it, the contract was 5/150 for a volume scorer on mediocre efficiency who didn't contribute much beyond that. Deserves a lot of credit for turning his career around, he's managed to turn into a very good all around player.

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u/NoFronto57373 Oct 01 '22

Yeah it ended up being fair value eventually.

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u/lunabagel28 Oct 01 '22

Agree, for one team in particular

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u/N3rdMan [TOR] Kyle Lowry Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

Is a Davis Bertans the modern day Ryan Anderson?

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u/TruWarierRecords [CHI] Metta World Peace Oct 01 '22

Disrespectful to Ryan Anderson who capped out at nearly a 20 ppg scorer. Bertans had a flame thrower year from 3 and cashed out.

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u/luapchung Wizards Oct 02 '22

So glad we’re off his contract now

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u/SeanKilpatrickFan [MIN] Rudy Gobert Oct 01 '22

When are people expecting the cap rise to happen? 2025 when there's a new TV deal?

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Yup, before the 2025-2026 season. Still three years away.

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u/Tormundo Warriors Oct 01 '22

Hopefully. Maybe lacob will stomach 2 years of insane luxury tax resigning Poole, wigs, and dray. Then get saved by the cap increase

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u/chadowan Pacers Oct 01 '22

Did we not just go through this back in 2016?

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u/[deleted] Oct 01 '22

Yup, and the contracts that “weren’t bad” ended up being bad. That said, I really don’t think this is a bad contract. He looked washed in NOLA, but he looks better now and he really isn’t that old

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u/_drjayphd_ Pelicans Oct 02 '22

I don't know if he was washed as much as he was not the best fit. Good on Griff for recognizing it and not doubling down (ahem Omer Asik) but moving him after one year and getting a better fit in JV. Plus Adams gets paid, dude deserves it.

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u/LeMaoZeBron23 Oct 01 '22

Yup. Backup point guards should get paid 30MM annually too

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u/quinoa :bw-nyk: Knicks Bandwagon Oct 01 '22

We should be looking at contracts as percentage of the cap, not as the dollar value

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u/Giannis1995 Heat Oct 02 '22

Steven Adams at 10% of the cap is solid business in my opinion.

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u/mothman26 Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

That’s awesome his ability to grab offensive boards and be unselfish by setting screens and finding open shooters was a huge part of the offense.

Hope BC is next on the resign list

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u/cooldudeman007 Raptors Oct 01 '22

If JJJ stops fouling out, BC might be on his way to start somewhere else. Going to want a bag after making $2 mil a season these last 3

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Kenneth Lofton Jr. Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

I am once again here to tell people he only fouled out twice in last year's regular season.

edit: I get it guys, he misses too much time, whether it be by literally fouling out or by getting in foul trouble early and having to miss time where it would be beneficial to have him on the floor. I've seen the error in my line of reasoning and I don't want to argue anymore.

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u/drblocktagon Oct 01 '22

The point is less about him literally fouling out but in effectively fouling out by constantly being in foul trouble

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u/MsterF West Oct 01 '22

The guy averaged 4.6 fouls per 36. He was was a foul machine.

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Kenneth Lofton Jr. Oct 01 '22

"If JJJ stops fouling out" is what he said. He fouls a lot I'll agree but people act like he is constantly fouling out which is objectively wrong.

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u/MsterF West Oct 01 '22

He does have to sit a bunch because he’s in foul trouble so you’re right, he isn’t constantly fouling. But he’s about as close the nba has to someone constantly fouling.

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u/aqueanebean Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

We also run a 10 man rotation which affects his minutes, everyone gets to play in Memphis.

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u/abzftw Raptors Oct 01 '22

Being on 4 early and fouling out is functionally the same

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u/SureEntertainment676 Kings Oct 01 '22

He only fouled out twice but he averaged like 4.5 fouls per game. That’s still bad.

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Kenneth Lofton Jr. Oct 01 '22

He averaged 3.5 this last season and 3.8 over his career. You're just making things up in the hopes that people that don't know any better will take you at your word

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u/SureEntertainment676 Kings Oct 01 '22

I’m talking about the post season. He averages 4.5 fouls per game in the playoffs. It’s not made up, you can Google it just like I did. 4 fouls a game in the playoffs or the regular season is still bad lol

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u/pollinium [MIN] Tyus Jones Oct 01 '22

gotta think his minutes are restricted because of his fouling

whether he's not playing because coach is scared or because the refs tell him he can't, he's not on the court and it's due to his fouling

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Kenneth Lofton Jr. Oct 01 '22

Sure, you're right but it's overblown. Kat fouls more but I never hear about kat needs to stop fouling out. Also the guy I just replied to was outright lying.

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u/pollinium [MIN] Tyus Jones Oct 01 '22

man I'm surprised more people aren't complaining about KAT's fouls because on our sub it's constant

maybe the difference in perception is that you can count on KAT to pick up one or two offensive fouls a game, which makes his defense 'seem' more clean (despite not being in any conversations about defenders compared to JJJ). Maybe people turn a blind eye to it because KAT's calling card is his offense, while JJJ's is his defense and they give his defense more scrutiny than KAT's

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u/Seahpo [POR] Keljin Blevins Oct 01 '22

okay how on earth have you never heard people complaining about kat fouling too much? i hear that WAY more than i hear it about JJJ, it’s literally the main criticism of kat

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u/cooldudeman007 Raptors Oct 01 '22

Yeah cause they regularly sat him from the end of the first to the middle of the 3rd haha. He can’t keep his hands out of the cookie jar, if he figures out how to do that he’s first team all defense

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Kenneth Lofton Jr. Oct 01 '22

He was first team all defense last year u bum.

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u/cooldudeman007 Raptors Oct 01 '22 edited Oct 01 '22

Don’t get at me because your best defensive player and best offensive player can’t stay on the floor. Most annoying grizzlies fan I’ve interacted with, most are cool

Edit: this one’s cool too, all good

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Kenneth Lofton Jr. Oct 01 '22

I feel like I'm being gaslit here. You start with if he can stop fouling out(he can) and then move on to it being the thing keeping him out of first team(he is). I'm sorry I called you a bum but can you see where I'm coming from.

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u/cooldudeman007 Raptors Oct 01 '22

On the first part, we know he’s not fouling out because they’re keeping him out of the game for large periods of time.

On the second part, I was wrong and didn’t try to dispute that I was wrong.

Calling me a bum for forgetting the all nba defensive first team is weird, thank u for the apology, your fanbase is still upper echelon

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Kenneth Lofton Jr. Oct 01 '22

I was just doing the nbacirclejerk automod "u bum" thing, You're not a bum.

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u/aqueanebean Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

Dude if you think that guys response was "annoying" you haven't been on this sub very often.

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u/cooldudeman007 Raptors Oct 01 '22

Annoying for a Memphis fan. One of the better fanbases on this sub.

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u/luapchung Wizards Oct 02 '22

Adams’ outlet passes off rebound is so underrated

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u/Bubbles00 Thunder Oct 01 '22

Take care of him. Miss you you big kiwi :'(

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u/mindclarity Thunder Oct 01 '22

miss you every day my Kiwi 😭😭😭

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u/FlashFan124 Vancouver Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

If it’s any consolation, we love him!

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u/okcboomer87 Thunder Oct 02 '22

Same. He was all of us.

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u/BrianKey Oct 01 '22

My favorite Basketball Player!!!

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u/moneybooy Rockets Oct 01 '22

Good deal for both

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u/SandyMandy17 Thunder Oct 01 '22

I miss him so much man

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u/KiwiVintner Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

Steven Adams best decision was to choose Mats as his agent. Dude keeps getting him paid.

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u/EmitLux Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

What do you call a fan that just follows a player round and supports whatever team he is on? This is me (and probably half of NZ).

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u/imrosskemp Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

Same, glad he is on Memphis. What an exciting team.

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u/FdotM Oct 01 '22

Not bad

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u/KJTB Lakers Oct 01 '22

Fair deal. He brought a lot to the team last year from what I saw. Also just a good dude who you’d want to have in your locker room. That full court pass into the Ja mid-air catch shoot was one of my favorite plays last year.

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u/Justsomeduderino Oct 02 '22

Honestly I think one of the big reasons Ja had such a big leap forward last season is because of the screens Adams sets. The dude is great at protecting his Pgs

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u/DoncicsRoadTo200kg Mavericks Oct 01 '22

Eh, 12M a year for a solid regular season center its fine.

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u/JoJonesy Celtics Oct 01 '22

Solid deal as long as Adams is relatively healthy, which is a question mark— he's never missed a ton of games, but his last couple seasons in OKC and NO he looked kind of hobbled by little injuries

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u/12footjumpshot Oct 01 '22

He plays so hard he tends to get worn down come playoff time. In those OKC days he was playing 33 minutes a game. These days he’s closer to 26 which hopefully helps him stay at his best all season long.

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u/VenkHeerman [OKC] Francisco Elson Oct 01 '22

True. Adams had loads of ankle and knee injuries, which seems to have slowed him down over the years - it was already noticeable in OKC. He's probably still one of the strongest, if not the strongest player in the league, but he's slowed down a bit. His skillset is still really useful and he's probably a great mentor for the young dudes, so I wouldn't call it a horrible contract. Besides, Aquaman deserves all the money he can get!

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u/JoJonesy Celtics Oct 01 '22

He looked a bit more spry last year tbh. Definitely valuable with the right team, which the Grizzlies are

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u/Tormundo Warriors Oct 01 '22

It's a great contract. Grizz aren't sniffing the 2nd seed without adams

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u/raftguide Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

Truth. Adams can basically wall-off half the lane while Ja works. People simply can't appreciate what he did for us last year just by looking at boxscores. The biggest knocks are that he was unplayable against KAT, and theoretically not great against the Warriors. But now that Rudy is on the wolves, he's has a matchup. Folks forget he missed the first couple games against the warriors, and I still want to see how he goes against GSW before I concede that point.

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u/NinetyFish [OKC] Josh Giddey Oct 02 '22

That’s classic Adams. He’s always playing through injuries, the absolute badass, so casual fans think his game is more limited than it actually is, because he’s always dealing with something and just toughing through it. He’s a paint banger, so it’s nearly impossible to play big minutes without getting banged up. I think the Grizz play him less minutes than OKC and NO did, so hopefully he has less of a load on him.

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u/donotnut459 Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

Holy fucking W

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u/TitanTigers Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

I love him

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u/okcboomer87 Thunder Oct 02 '22

Will always be a Thunder player to me. Good on you Adams.

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u/HotdogIsaSandwitch Mavericks Oct 01 '22

Very very good value for the Grizz and also Adams gets some money security also.

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u/edric_the_navigator Oct 01 '22

It’s interesting how Adams is the complete opposite of a stretch big yet ball dominant guards flourish with him.

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u/Gungadin56 Oct 02 '22

More than one way to create space

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u/Smiis [ORL] Terrence Ross Oct 02 '22

His "spacing" is incredible in a completely different way to someone like KAT or Turner. The Grizzlies 3P% shoots up from 33% to around 37.5% I believe when Adams is on the floor, and guys like Ja, Zion and Westbrook have had historic paint seasons with him as their center.

Possibly the most underappreciated player in the league

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u/lil_extro_vert_ 76ers Oct 01 '22

Not bad. Easily moveable

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u/Tormundo Warriors Oct 01 '22

Why would they move him he's a key piece to their success.

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u/AnkitPancakes Thunder Oct 01 '22

In case they needed to bc of injury, or the opportunity to get another good player came up. Having moveable contracts is important for flexibility purposes

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u/Open-Yogurtcloset-66 Oct 02 '22

Everyone wishes they had Steven Adams

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u/joeyGOATgruff Bulls Oct 02 '22

Iive for Adams and his nuts. Man should be paid for the abuse alone

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u/eftsoom Trail Blazers Oct 01 '22

This is a fantastic contract!

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u/lollible Oct 01 '22

Schroeder reading this thinking.....where did I go wrong. LOL

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u/Thats_absrd Thunder Oct 02 '22

Treat our boy well

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u/Handsome_Hippy Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

Noice

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u/nom_de_chomsky Oct 02 '22

It’s hilarious that he’s just turned 29, and they talk about him like he’s Udonis Haslem.

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u/3DsGetDaTables Hornets Oct 01 '22

Undervalued as hell.

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u/MrDirector23 Grizzlies Oct 01 '22

One All Star big man who can shoot and drive gives him fits in the playoffs and people think he’s unplayable. Nephews.

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u/garrett7289 Oct 01 '22

Grizzly Adams over thunder/hornets Adams

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u/AnkitPancakes Thunder Oct 01 '22

Solid contract. Feels like a number of Gms have gotten over the using cap space frivolously phase from a few years ago

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u/SportsLaughs Oct 02 '22

Steve Adams was drafted six years after Kevin Durant

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u/MeGustaMiSFW Vancouver Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

He stay.

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u/Kapinny Thunder Oct 02 '22

MISS OUR BIG KIWI

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u/mmps901 Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

Aquamane!

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u/ttam23 Lakers Oct 01 '22

Lot of money for the culture

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u/outbackjesus8 Nets Oct 01 '22

Adams is way more than just a culture guy.

He led the league in every offensive rebound statistic. His screens were a huge part of their offense. He’s low key one of the best playmaking/passing bigs in the league. He led the Grizzlies in offensive rating and net rating.

The difference was night and day in the Warriors series when he came back from Covid. 12.5m a year is a bargain

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u/boltonstreetbeat Cavaliers Oct 01 '22

Yeah he's got nice passing play, real nice for a bit guy

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u/pollinium [MIN] Tyus Jones Oct 01 '22

Unfortunately ran into KAT in the playoffs, and the league's fanbase has a short term memory. Got played off the court by one of the two guys in the league he can't really play against so people forget that the dude is a dependable workhorse

well worth the money imo

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u/outbackjesus8 Nets Oct 01 '22

Exactly. KAT was probably the worst possible matchup for him. He’d be very important if they played the Twolves again, to matchup against Rudy.

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u/Daveys_Love_Child Oct 01 '22

People are pushing this narrative about Kat but look at their historical match ups... kats scored about average if that.

That was one bad adams game and an awful perimeter and help defense game from the team. Was a bad take at the time and still is

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u/outbackjesus8 Nets Oct 02 '22

I agree. Adams career high is 27 points, which he scored on KAT, without missing a fg or ft.

He had one bad game and essentially gets benched for the rest of the series.

But still, Adams is much more effective against big 5s, that want to score down low and crash the boards. The player who consistently defends Embiid the best in the entire league would arguably be Adams from what I’ve seen (maybe Bam also)

It’s not really a knock against Adams, just wasn’t an ideal matchup for him, and they had more success putting Clarke and Tillman on him.

The GSW series though, showed how important Adams is to this team

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u/outbackjesus8 Nets Oct 01 '22

It was bad roster construction. Pels needed a 5 to stretch the floor and clear some room for Zion, Adams did the opposite.

I still maintain that Adams was far from the Pels main problem though. Bledsoe was ass, and SVG’s style of coaching did not get that young roster to play hard.

Ironically though, both the Pels and Griz ended up better off after the Adams/JV trade

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u/Gungadin56 Oct 02 '22

Coincidence Zion was the leader in point in the paint.. next year it’s Ja…? I think not. All those flogs who said Zion needs a spacer 5.. Adams seals and screens space the floor more than 30% 3 point shooting centre who shoots 3/4 a game.

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u/pbcorporeal Pelicans Oct 02 '22

JJJ does a lot to cover for Adams on defence. New Orleans didn't have a defender on that level and Adams got exposed in space on defence a lot.

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u/cooldudeman007 Raptors Oct 01 '22

Nah that’s a great deal. They look good when he’s in there bullying the paint. Won’t tie them up too much cap wise either

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u/Notsdlog Grizzlies Oct 02 '22

We went from 9th seed in the west to 2nd in the league with him so...yeah

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u/YouArentOwedAnything Trail Blazers Oct 01 '22

Chur bro get the bag

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u/extraducksauce Celtics Oct 02 '22

Solid deal all around

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u/Ramzaa_ [OKC] Steven Adams Oct 02 '22

He earned every penny

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u/rattatatouille [SAS] Tim Duncan Oct 02 '22

Bargain deal tbh

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u/AuntyFi Oct 02 '22

As a Kiwi so proud of Steven Adams, comes across as a nice guy

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u/Yoesito Bulls Oct 01 '22

Movable, but higher than I would've expected.

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u/Gungadin56 Oct 02 '22

Movable.. like the centre of yours he man handled/moved to the back.

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u/SnooPies5622 Clippers Oct 01 '22

wait how the hell is steven adams only 29 years old

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u/NCHouse Oct 02 '22

Miss him on the Thunder. Proud to see him get that money tho

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u/ArchMurdoch Oct 02 '22

Grizzlies don't deserve him has Ja ever publicly acknowledged his impact? Ever?

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u/I_did_your_mom Oct 02 '22

I still think Jval would have been better on the team

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u/larrylegend33goat [NBA] Rudy Gobert Oct 02 '22

Nice. I have always loved Adams after reading his biography. Great guy

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u/therealcrowhorse Oct 02 '22

one of the few Indigenous players in the game, well deserved.

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u/rollgate Oct 02 '22

Half Tongan, half English, born in NZ lives in the US. That's not particularly indigenous.

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