Adams, Rober­son should ben­e­fit from OK star trio

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY (AP) – Ok­la­homa City’s new su­per trio of Rus­sell West­brook, Paul Ge­orge, and Carmelo An­thony will draw at­ten­tion from two of the Thun­der’s most rapidly im­prov­ing play­ers.

Starters Steven Adams and An­dre Rober­son should have more room to op­er­ate while op­po­nents try to stop three of the league’s top of­fen­sive threats.

“Re­gard­less it’s go­ing to open up a lot of things,’’ said Adams, a 7-foot cen­ter.

Adams has al­ready has es­tab­lished him­self as one of the league’s most ef­fec­tive play­ers around the rim. Last sea­son, he posted ca­reer highs of 11.3 points and 7.7 re­bounds per game and ranked sev­enth in the NBA in field­goal per­cent­age at 57.1 per­cent.

“Steven Adams is a mon­ster,’’ An­thony said. “He’s a mon­ster like some­body from the `Game of Thrones’ or some­thing. I love him. First day, his en­ergy, what he brings to the game, to the court, to his team­mates _ his en­ergy is in­cred­i­ble.’’

Rober­son was a sec­ond-team allde­fense se­lec­tion last sea­son, but he has shown flashes of po­ten­tial on of­fense and is an ex­cel­lent re­bounder. Last sea­son, he av­er­aged ca­reer highs of 6.6 points and 5.1 re­bounds per game while shoot­ing 46.4 per­cent from the field.

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