10. Steven Adams – OKC
One player that doesn’t seem to earn as much credit as he should with his play is Oklahoma City Thunder center and New Zealand native, Steven Adams. Adams has been a force for the OKC Thunder for several years now, working as a great rebounder, solid defender, good cutter and great lane clearer for Russell Westbrook to come in and get the last 6 rebounds needed for his triple-double.
With a new look offense around Adams, he could falter a little bit, but I think he will actually find his stride a little more with his rebound and assist numbers likely ready to take a nice little jump. Adams barely cracks the top 10 here, but I think he has earned the spot as one of the more consistent bigs in the league.
9. Clint Capela – HOU
One of the more intriguing centers in the league, Clint Capela is yet another guy that will not necessarily blow your mind when you see him on the court. Although he is young and agile, his movement is fluid and processed, making his motion look slower, when in reality his movement on offense and defense is very effective.
There has been a belief that Capela has not been as good recently as he was in years past, but statistically he is scoring more and grabbing more rebounds than ever before. His block and steal numbers each dipped and his defensive rating was not as high as it has been, but it wasn’t bad by any means though. Capela is a really good big man that is still getting better. This season will be very interesting for him.