Grizzlies: Somehow, Steven Adams looks better than Jonas Valanciunas

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Steven Adams has somehow formed a perfect fit with this Memphis Grizzlies team

Granted, Steven Adams seems to form great chemistry with his teammates no matter where he goes. Still, it shouldn’t go unnoticed how great the chemistry is on this Grizzlies team. In fact, it seems like it has somehow improved with Adams filling in at the center spot.

There was a great example of this on a jump ball early in the game against Cleveland. See for yourself.

Before the tipoff, Adams asks Ja Morant “how fast can you run?” This must have been a rhetorical question, as everybody knows that Morant is among the fastest players in the league. Guess what? He can run fast.

Adams, instead of tipping the ball backward, as you would on a normal jump ball, spiked the ball forwards, out of reach of anybody on either team. Basically, the fastest player was going to get the ball and that player was Ja Morant.

Ja sprinted down the court toward the opposing basket and finished with a smooth flush. It looked like a play that you’d see between two players who had been on the same team for a decade. Only, in this case, they’ve only been on the same team for a couple of months and a single game.

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Adams may have a lower offensive ceiling than Jonas Valanciunas, but the chemistry that he is building with this team hasn’t been seen with a big man since the Z-Bo days. This could be an exciting year for Memphis and Adams will be a key contributor in it.