[caption id="attachment_17264" align="aligncenter" width="492"] Associated Press[/caption] New Zealand center and 12th overall selection in the 2013 NBA draft Steven Adams was a major contributor in the Thunder's success in the Orlando Summer League. The Thunder won all five of their games in the competition, finally beating the Houston Rockets on Championship Day this Friday July 12. After a strong start to the event Adams showed improvement as the tournament continued, particularly on offence. He displayed his athleticism and defensive prowess in their first game against the Pacers with six rebounds, but after sitting out the Thunder's second game against Orlando he came into his own in the subsequent days. Against the Pistons he shot 4-of-5 on the night, and still managed six rebounds. In their forth game against the 76ers he again finished shooting 4-of-5 on the night, this time with five rebounds and two blocked shots. Finally in the Thunder's last game of the competition against the Rockets he finished shooting 3-of-6 (10 points total), with nine rebounds (four offensive) and one blocked shot. Only one board shy of a double-double. https://twitter.com/RealStevenAdams/status/355813297452351488 This is exactly the kind of production Oklahoma City were hoping to see out of Stevens, and his increased time on the court might suggest an eagerness on the organisation's part to get him NBA-ready sooner rather than later. The Thunder announced their singing of Adams on July 12, and look to him to be the eventual replacement for current center Kendrick Perkins. He could certainly see some gametime this year, but we should note that a contract is no guarantee the Thunder won't prefer to have him develop in the D-League first. Oklahoma City will be very pleased with the performance of many of their young, developing players. Both point guard Reggie Jackson (drafted in Round 1 in 2011) and shooting guard Jeremy Lamb (traded to OKC in 2012 and placed in the D-League) put on terrific performances throughout the entire competition. The Thunder will once again be one of the elite teams in the Western Conference in 2013-14, and a team in the discussion for the NBA Championship. It's exciting to think that Adams will be a part of it. Hopefully we'll see even more of him as he develops throughout the offseason.