Ten things to know New Zealand's very own NBA star, Steven Adams.
- He was born in Rotorua on 20 July 1993.
- Steven is half Tongan, but identifies strongly with the Maori culture.
- He is the youngest of 16 siblings.
- Adams’ sister is a gold medal winning shot putter – Valerie Adams.
- He is now the highest paid professional New Zealand athlete ever.
- Adams claims his NBA career plan started at a Christmas family barbeque in Rotorua when he was 13 years old.
- Adams had the New Zealand flag sewn into the inside of his suit jacket for the 2013 NBA Draft.
- His entire NBA career has been spent playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He says Oklahoma reminds him of New Zealand.
- Adams is a huge fan of comics and Japanese anime. He missed the opening game of the 2017 NBA season (not involving the Thunder) because he was watching cartoons.
- On his 25th birthday, he released a comic, Kiwi Legend, about himself which was sold at the 2018 Comic-Con in San Diego.
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