We are only 12 days away from the start of the regular season, and after last nights pre-season performance the wait is getting harder and harder. Today, for the countdown let’s take a look at Steven Adams.

Steven Adams is a 7 foot, 255 pound center from New Zealand, who could be the coolest guy you know. The “Big Kiwi” moved around from school to school when he was growing up in Rotorua. He was involved in some gang activity until he finally went to Rotorua Lakes.

Rotorua Lakes was a private school, which was something completely foreign to Adams. Adams was the only one with long hair and a past in gang activity. Putting Steven Adams in the private school is likely what made him the guy he is today.

Adams went on to play one year at Pittsburgh, where he was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. He averaged 7 points and 6 rebounds throughout 32 games. Compared to other first year players in school history, Adams field goal percentage ranks 1st, his blocks 2nd, and rebounds 6th.

After only playing one year in college he decided to enter the NBA draft. We was selected 12th overall in the 2013 draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since arriving in OKC, Adams has developed into a star. Not only is his performance on the court earning him love from fans, but it’s his off the court persona as well. Adams has done an excellent job at building his “brand”.

The young center has improved every single season he has played with the Thunder. Even though he has dealt with multiple injuries each season, he has continued to put up better numbers. The development of Steven Adams over the years has been one of the most interesting stories about this Thunder team.

As this new season approaches, Adams will be taking his biggest role ever on this team. He will be relied heavily on both offense and defense. Expanding the floor with Melo and Paul George will open up the inside. Adams will have to be dominant inside the paint in order for this team to be successful.

On the defensive side of the ball, he’s got to be a rim protector. The perimeter will be covered by defensive standouts Paul George and Andre Roberson. The guys on the perimeter will force guys inside, and that’s where Adams will have to step up to protect the rim.

Check out some of Steven Adams best plays from last season:

Article written by Craig Hofeld. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.