The Miami Heat are one of the positive surprises so far this season. The Heat are currently 3rd in the eastern conference with a 23-8 record heading into the end of this year. This team is peculiar in a right way on many different levels. For example, The Miami Heat have zero players averaging over 20.5 points per game, but seven players are currently averaging over 11 points per game. Their ability to have several players that can step up at any given moment made the Heat one of the best teams to watch in the NBA.
One of the players that showed immense development and is one of the critical parts of their team on both sides of the floor is Bam Adebayo. This is his 3rd year with the Heat, and Adebayo is considered as a candidate for the most improved player in the league award. He is currently averaging career-high in points with almost 16 per game, but his presence on defense has been astonishing and crucial for the Heat.
Abedayo has an excellent ability to switch between perimeter and post players. He is 6’9,” which means he is an undersized center but a lengthy one with a big frame which helps him quite a bit when playing against taller and heavier players. Adebayo showed incredible talent and ability to defend almost all five positions in the game effectively. With the help of NBA.com, we have the date on the shooting percentages for players he defended for at least 2 minutes of possession time.
- Anthony Davis – 9:28 – 15 points on 6-14 shooting
- Russell Westbrook – 7:26 – 12 points on 5-13 shooting
- Pascal Siakam – 7:43 – 2 points on 0-3 shooting
- Giannis Antentokoumpo – 6:00 – 11 points on 5-11 shooting
- Kristaps Porzingis – 7:14 – 10 points on 2-11 shooting
- Karl Anthony Towns – 7:11 – 4 points on 1-6 shooting
- Joel Embiid – 5:59 – 11 points on 4-12 shooting
- James Harden – 2:17 – 6 points on 1-7 shooting
- LeBron James – 2:35 – 8 points on 3-8 shooting
- Zach Lavine – 2:31 – 4 points on 1-6 shooting
Adebayo is only 22 years old and will slowly enter his prime in a couple of years, which is an excellent sign for the Heat organization. His versatility on both ends of the floor alongside his talent makes him a part of the bright future the Heat has a franchise. All the teams that recently won a championship had someone similar to Adebayo’s type of skillset.