Alvan Leigh Adams (born July 19, 1954) is a retired American professional basketball player. After starring at the University of Oklahoma, the 6’9″ (2.06 m) power forward/center was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 4th pick of the 1975 NBA Draft. Adams was a rookie on a Suns team whose season included an improbable playoff run that took them all the way to the 1976 NBA Finals. In the same year, he was selected to play in the All-Star Game and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award as well as being named to the All-NBA Rookie Team. Adams spent his entire career with the Suns and retired in 1988 as the second all-time Suns scorer with 13,910 career points.
Adams is one of only three players in the history of the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball program to score at least 40 points and get 20 rebounds in a game along with Wayman Tisdale (61 points, 22 rebounds against Texas–San Antonio in 1983) and Blake Griffin (40 points, 23 rebounds against Texas Tech on February 14, 2009).
He is one of only four Sooners to have his college jersey (#33) retired by the OU program (Wayman Tisdale (#23), Mookie Blaylock (#10) and Stacey King (#33) are the other three)
On February 22, 1977, Adams recorded a triple-double with 47 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists against the Buffalo Braves. He is one of five players in NBA history (along with Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Russell Westbrook and Vince Carter) to have as many as 46 points and 16 rebounds in a triple-double performance.
Adams is the franchise leader in games played, minutes played, rebounds, and steals; second in field goals made and attempted; third in assists; and fourth in blocks.
He is currently the Suns Vice President for Facility Management for US Airways Center.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1976)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1976)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1976)
Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor
No. 33 retired by Phoenix Suns
Third-team All-American – NABC (1975)
Big Eight Player of the Year (1975)
3× First-team All-Big Eight (1973–1975)
No. 33 retired by the University of Oklahoma
Competitor for the United States
1973 Moscow Team competition