Steven Adams Biography Facts, Childhood, Net Worth, Life

Steven Adams Biography Facts, Childhood, Net Worth, Life
Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams in 2017. (Image credit: USA Today Sports)

Steven Adams is a basketball player from New Zealand who currently plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Oklahoma City Thunder. One of the remarkable centres, Adams is relatively new to the NBA, and he is fast emerging as one of the sports rising stars. We review the profile and life of the fast-rising basketball centerman in this Steven Adams biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life.

Steven Adams Biography Facts, Age, Family, Wife, Zodiac

  • Full Name: Steven Funaki Adams 
  • Nicknames: Kid Kiwi; Lord Adams, Funaki
  • Date of Birth: 20 July 1993
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Place of Birth: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Nationality: New Zealander
  • Height: 6 feet, 11 inches
  • Shoe Size: 18
  • Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
  • Education: Rotorua Lakes High School; Scots College; Notre Dame Preparatory School; University of Pittsburgh
  • Parents: Sid Adams (father), Lilika Ngauamo (mother)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Siblings: Valerie Adams (sister); Ralph Adams (brother); Warren Adams (brother); Sid Adams Jr (brother)
  • Net Worth: $20 million
  • Occupation: Basketball Player
  • Current Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Jersey Number: #12
  • Playing Career: 2011 date
  • Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Steven Adams Childhood Story & Early Life

Born on the 20th of July 1993, Steven Adams is the youngest of five children born to Sid Adams, a former Royal Navy officer, and Lilika Ngauamo. Adams lived with his father throughout his childhood, until his father died in 2006. When his father died, Adams began to skip school. After his father’s death, his elder brother, Warren began to care for Adams.

Adams was then introduced to Kenny McFadden, a well-recognized basketball coach in New Zealand. He then went on to attend Scots College. After he graduated from Scots College, several individuals believed he should turn pro immediately, due to the fact that he may not be eligible for the NCAA. He went on to play in the National Basketball League (NBL) for the Wellington Saints, as an unpaid player in order to maintain his college eligibility. He played 25 games for the Wellington Saints, which helped them win the National Basketball League Championship, and had an average of 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. He was honoured with the National Basketball League Rookie of the Year award.

Steven Adams College Career

Following his one year stint in the NBL, Adams went on to enrol at Notre Dame Preparatory School, in order to accustom himself with the sort of play in American basketball. In June 2012, he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. He sees just one year at Pittsburgh, and played 32 games and recorded an average of 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. He was awarded Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year award and earned a place in the Big East All-Rookie Team. He then declared that he’ll enter the 2013 NBA Draft after just one season at Pittsburgh.

Steven Adams Professional/NBA Career, Teams, Highlights & Awards

Oklahoma City Thunder (2013–date)

The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Adams as its 12th first round and overall pick, which made Adams the first New Zealand basketball player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. He also emerged as the first University of Pittsburgh player to be selected in the first round of the draft since 1999. In July, he signed a rookie contract with the Thunders.

In October 2013, he debuted in the NBA and had two points and three rebounds. He continued playing in good form for the Thunders. He played in 81 regular-season games and averaged 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 points. He then went on to the playoffs with the Thunders where they made it to the Western Conference finals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. At the end of the season, he was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. In the 2014/15 season, Adams had was in good form.

In November 2014, he had career-high blocks. In February, he sustained a fractured finger injury, which ruled him out of play for 10 successive weeks. He played in 70 games, in the 2014/15 season, and averaged, 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, .9 assists and a career-high of 1.2 blocks. The Thunders did not make it to the playoffs. The next season, the 2015/16 season, Adams was in top form. He had more playing time this season, as he started in all 80 games he played in the regular season. He had an average of 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds. In the playoffs, he started in all 18 games for the Thunders, as the Thunders went on to lose to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

Photo of Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams
Steven Adams playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game against the Washington Wizards on February 13, 2017. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

In October 2016, he agreed to a four-year deal with the Thunders worth $100 million. He also earned more playing time, starting in all 80 regular-season games he played and recorded an average of 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. In the 2017/18 season, specifically February 2018, Adams reached 3,000 career points. He started in all 76 games, he played that season and recorded an average career-high of 13.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists. In the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunders lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round.

Adams’ 2018/19 season is one of the best seasons he has ever had. In 80 games he played, he started in all. He then scored his career-high average of 13.9 points and recorded a career-high average of 9.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. In October 2019, Adams had his first 3 point shot of his career.

Steven Adams Net Worth, Salary & Endorsement

Steven Adams’ net worth is estimated to be about $20 million. In 2019, he received $24.2 million in salary. Annually, he makes about $3 million from endorsement deals with Powerade, Adidas and Anheuser Busch InBev. 

Steven Adams Family/Personal Life

Adams’ father, Sid Adams died in 2006 as a result of stomach cancer. His elder sister, Valarie, is a two time Olympics gold medalist and four-time world shot putter champion. His elder brothers, Sid Jr and Warren, once played in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

Steven Adams and his siblings are all tall, a trait they got from their father who stood at 6 feet, 11 inches.

Steven Adams is a fan of video games and plays Smite and Dita 2, a lot. 

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