Congratulations to the first New Zealander to make over $100 million, he hasn't actually gotten the money yet, but in 4 short years Steven Adams will be the wealthiest man his country has ever known. I love Steven Adams as a player, I think he's a very good rim protector, and I think he defends the perimeter well when he is forced to switch off a screen. His offensive game is alright, but somewhat limited, and his rebounding ability is good not great, I mean the guy is 7 foot tall you shouldn't be too concerned about his rebounding ability. If you look at stats you'll say "why the hell are they giving a guy who has never averaged 10 points or 10 rebounds in a season $100 million." Well I'll explain to you why this guy is worth pretty close to what he is being paid. First of all, the NBA salary cap is through the roof so every newer contract is going to look somewhat inflated, that's just the nature of the league nowadays. More importantly, Steven Adams is only 23 years old, he hasn't even come close to reaching his prime years yet so they're kind of paying for the future production that they see in him. Also, his numbers are deflated because he didn't start playing many minutes up until the end of last year heading into the playoffs. Per 36 minutes over his career he has averaged 10.5ppg, 10rpg, and almost 2 blocks per game. That's pretty promising for a kid of that age, let's put this into perspective, Timofey Mozgov is getting paid $64 million over the next 4 years, and he's 30 years old with 0 upside. Mozgov has averaged similar stats as Adams per 36 minutes over the course of his career, Mozgov averages 13 points and 10 boards, the biggest difference is Mozgov has been hurt in 3 of the 6 seasons he has played. The deal was definitley pricey, but I think Sam Presti made the right decision, and payed Steven Adams what he wanted because they certainly can't afford to lose his talents. Now it's time for Adams to prove he is worth the money, I think he'll have no problem doing that while repping New Zealand proudly.
P.S. I did some fact checking, turns out there's a lot of billionaires from New Zealand, so I underestimated the country's relevance to the world greatly, and I apologize for that. They just look so small and secluded on the map that I just assumed money didn't really carry much weight around there, turns out it does, and Steven Adams isn't even close to being the person with the most of it in that country. This is how wars get started people, that's why I had to correct my prejudice before all hell broke loose.
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