Steven Adams is one of the top Centers in the NBA. With the center position changing throughout the sport, he checks a lot of boxes in today's Big Man.
When looking at players it is so important to understand what makes a great player great. When evaluating a player to get to know them I like to watch what they do in a full game. It's hard to understand a player if you just watch highlights over a period of time. Here is a YouTube video of Adams playing vs The Clippers.
Watch how physical he is and how he sets the tone with his presence. His screening, rebounding, physical play, and his activity level makes him one of the toughest centers in the game to play agains.
Having a big man that plays as hard and as physical as Adams does is so important. Offensively what makes him so special is that he doesn't need to be force fed to be effective. With this ability to run the floor, hit the offensive glass, and roll hard to the rim he's an instant threat to score in today's game. He's developed outstanding touch with his floaters on short rolls and tip ins with either hand.
His ability to create mismatches and give ball handlers an advantage with his ability to get hits soon their defenders as well as roll hard t the rim he gives his team such an advantage. Screen and Roll is such a big part of our game universally, that centers need to be able to screen roll hard to the rim and be a threat to catch and finish in traffic.
RUNNING THE FLOOR
I couldn't find an isolated video of Adams running the floor, but this 23 second clip does enough. Bigs that can run the floor puts so much pressure on the defense. It they can beat their man down the floor it forces smaller defenders to leave their men to bump the big running. You have to emphasize all of your bigs to run the floor and stay active. Any big that can run the floor effectively can get -8 points a game just on running the floor.'
So many different ways to impact the game defensively today. Switching is such an important skillset to have for big men today. With screen/rolls being so popular in today's game it is inevitable that centers will face a lot of switching on to point guards and will be asked to keep them in front. Adams does a very good job on switching not only can he keep PG's in front of him but can also chase them down and get his hands on balls with blocks or deflections. In the post he can defend players without fouling as well as rebound the ball at a high level.
It's always important to go in depth to study film of other players. Get an idea on what skill sets they posses to make them high level players. Have a list of high level skill sets that you want to see in all positions.
Adams to me defines how a center in today's game should play. Having your big men run the floor , screen, defend the screen roll on switching, rebounding the ball, and roll hard to the rim are all winning traits that bigs should have.
With our game decreasing the amount of touches on the block, centers have to find other ways to have impact on the game. Steven Adams has so many traits I tell every coach to watch film on him. He's a winner.