Oklahoma Thunder center Steven Adams' favorite part of playing in the NBA just might be making enough money to afford consistently great food. Adams is a monster both on the court and at the table, according to a new New York Times article.

“His metabolism is crazy,” said veteran Thunder reserve center Nick Collison, who said he's seen Adams casually down two or three entrees in one sitting. “I think one of the best things about playing in the NBA for him is he’s able to afford really good food.” 

Adams was the youngest of 18 kids growing up (yes, 18 kids—​his dad impregnated five different women). His brothers are an average of 6-foot-9, while his sisters are an average of 6-feet tall. One sister is an Olympic champion in the shot-put.

“You kind of did fight for food so I filled up my plate,” Adams said. “My dad would make us finish it and I’d sit there crying because I’d have to finish all that food. I think that forced my stomach to stretch.”

Adams, 22, is listed at 7-feet tall and 255 pounds. He has been a huge factor for the Thunder in the playoffs; this has been his coming-out party. Adams has upped his points per game average from 8.0 to 10.3 in the postseason, and his rebounds per game from 6.7 to 9.6​.

Also in that NYT article, we learned legendary retired centered Dikembe Mutombo is a huge Adams fan. 

“I’m so proud of him," Mutombo said. “I’m so proud of his effort. He’s unbelievable ... he’s one of the most surprising big men today.”

Adams and his Thunder lead the Golden State Warriors 3-2 in the Western Conference Finals. Game Six will take place Saturday at 9 p.m. in Oklahoma City.

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