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Video: Thunder’s Steven Adams wonders if he gets a bonus after being voted toughest NBA player by GMs

Steven Adams

Steven Adams had an uncanny reaction when he found out he was voted the toughest player in the NBA by general managers across the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder center led with 33 percent of the vote, breaking the tie he found himself in last year with Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard splitting first place at 14 percent each.

“What does that mean?” asked a confused Adams. “Do I get anything? Did I win? Do I get a bonus? [laughs] That’d be sick!

“It could mean anything, mate. Toughness? Just seems dumb. It does.”

Informed of his three-way tie with Leonard and Green last season, Adams humored the media with one last bit of hilarity when asked if he had gotten tougher (in the eyes of GMs) or if the other two had gotten less tough.

“I don’t know — it’s just such a weird thing to poll,” said Adams. “Guys are just bored, I think, aren’t they?”

While some might consider that a huge honor (just ask Kobe Bryant after the #flinchgate hubbub from Tuesday morning), it’s nothing but hearsay for Adams, who is considered a force to be reckoned with, despite not leading his team in points or rebounds.

Adams did, however, led the league in boxouts and screen assists, while teammates Russell Westbrook and Paul George finished first and third in loose balls recovered, respectively, due to his ability to carve out space and keep offensive rebounders away from position.

The Kiwi prefers to be the unsung and unmentioned hero of this roster, and so far it has worked out pretty well for him.