A recent analysis by Action Network on NBA fans' Twitter activity showed which players are the most hated or received the most abuse online. While some entries on the list of players with the highest percentage of tweets make sense as to why they are there, Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo surprisingly ranked third.
Why the hate?
The other players on the top five list make sense; even though they are beloved by their fans, they are widely disliked by other fan bases.
For instance, some people hate Marcus Smart and Draymond Green partly because of their abrasive attitudes and penchant for doing the dirty work for their teams. As for Trae Young and Jimmy Butler, the stars tend to rile up the crowds during games.
Adebayo is not known for doing any of the things the other players have become hated for. So, one might wonder why he even made it to the list. A Heat Twitter fan page offered its insights as to why this was the case.
Would Heat fans want him to be more aggressive?
One likely reason that the former All-Star has been widely criticized is that fans want him to be more aggressive, especially on offense.
The University of Kentucky product certainly has the tools to be one of the best offensive centers in the league. However, he is attempting just 9.2 field goals per game for his career.
Adebayo is already a beast on the defensive end of the court. In the previous playoffs, he showed the ability to lock down any player, from centers to guards.
Fans are likely hoping the Heat big man can make a leap on offense to complement his already-elite defense.